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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Video: Nick Clegg speaks at Munich Memorial Service

I blogged previously about the International Olympic Committee's appalling refusal to include a minute's silence for the people murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics in the opening ceremony of subsequent games, including London 2012. London's opening ceremony quite rightly included sombre tributes to people killed fighting in two world wars, people murdered on 7/7 and also (as I understand it) the late fathers of Lord (Sebastian) Coe and the director Danny Boyle, but nothing - nothing - about the eleven Olympians murdered at the Olympic Games itself in 1972 (not to mention the West German policeman killed trying to rescue them, and not to mention the people murdered in a terrorist attack during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta).

Whatever some people may sometimes think about some of the actions and policies of the Government of Israel, it is unconscionable for the Olympic movement not to formally recognise the eleven Israeli Olympians murdered at the heart of the Olympic Games itself. In the disgraceful absence of such formal recognition, the Israelis and the British Jewish community had to do it themselves, organising a moving Munich Memorial Service at London's Guildhall last night

All three party leaders spoke, including Deputy Prime Minister (and Liberal Democrat Leader) Nick Clegg, and I recorded his speech on my Blackberry if you want to have a look. At least nobody can accuse the UK and its political leaders of not caring about the victims of terrorism, be those victims British, Israeli or anything else. It was a privilege to be there.

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