The Italian Olympic team at the London Olympic Games made
a noble gesture Sunday and stood in silence outside the quarters of the
Israeli team, in memory of the 11 athletes slain in the Munich Olympics
40 years ago, Voice of Israel radio reported Sunday.
About 30 Italians were present at the ceremony, including
Italy’s Minister of Sport, the heads of the Italian Olympic Committee
and athletes. Israeli Olympic Committee head Tzvi Varshaviak and Olympic delegation leader Efraim Zinger also took part.
According to an unverified report on the internet, the pilot and crew
of a British airliner headed for Israel Thursday did what the Olympics
Committee refused to do, and observed a moment of silence in memory of
the Israel athletes murdered in Munich in 1972.
The “USA Stands with Israel” Facebook page, with over 10,000
subscribers, reported that the heartwarming gesture was made by a pilot
for EasyJet, on a flight headed from the firm’s home base of Luton,
England, to Tel Aviv.