IOC honors London victims over Israelis, Lebanese judo team shuns Israel

Click photo to download. Caption: The London 2012 Olympics logo. Credit: IOC.( While the International Olympic Committee (IOC) refused to hold a moment of silence during the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics in honor of the 11 Israeli team members killed by Palestinian terrorists during the 1972 Munich Olympics, reports revealed that the IOC did include a tribute for victims of the 2005 London subway bombing.

NBC edited out the segment for U.S. television viewers, replacing it with a taped interview with swimmer Michael Phelps. “It’s almost unheard of for a nation to change Olympic Opening Ceremony protocol, and the IOC often uses that as one of its excuses to deny a moment of silence for the Israelis,” wrote Christine Brennan in an op-ed for USA Today. “But then it changed protocol for others.”

NBC sportscaster Bob Costas did recognize the 11 murdered Israelis while current Israeli athletes walked around the Olympic stadium in London during the Opening Ceremony’s parade of nations. “For many, tonight, with the world watching, is the true time and place to remember those who were lost, and how and why they died,” Costas said on air.

The Lebanese judo team, meanwhile, refused to practice in the same room with the Israeli team on July 27. Organizers had to erect a barrier between the two teams, reported the Times of Israel.

Posted on July 29, 2012 .