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Israel asks International Olympic Committee to honor those killed in 1972

Israel asked the International Olympic Committee to honor the Israeli team members who were killed by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Games.

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said Tuesday he has sent a letter to the IOC. He wants the London Olympics to open with a minute's silence honoring the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes and coaches slain by Palestinian terrorists. Israel is looking to draw attention to the attack as it marks the 40th anniversary this year.

Ayalon's letter came as Israel geared up for its annual Memorial Day, where the country remembers its fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism.

"We must remain vigilant against acts of hate and intolerance that stand in contrast to the ideals of the international Olympics," he wrote.

A copy of the letter was given to families of the athletes who were killed.

Efraim Zinger, secretary-general of Israel's Olympic Committee, said the IOC has ignored his request to hold an official memorial at the games, as it has in previous years. He said the Israeli delegation plans to observe a private ceremony, and that IOC President Jacques Rogge is expected to attend.

The IOC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.