Israel says thank you

July 6, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Daniel Ayalon has met with the Australian Speaker of Parliament, Mr. Peter Slipper. Mr. Slipper is in Israel for his first visit in his role as Speaker of Parliament. Also at the meeting were Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer, the widows of Yosef Romano and Andrei Spitzer, who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympic Games in 1972.

Peter Slipper meets with Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon and  Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer, the widows of Yosef Romano and Andrei Spitzer, who were murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

DFM Ayalon thanked Mr. Slipper for his personal support and the support of the Australian Parliament for the Just One Minute campaign: “The Israeli people thanks you and the Australian people for your moral and decent decision to hold a minute of silence in memory of the athletes murdered in Munich simply because they were Israelis.”
Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer also thanked the Australian Speaker and noted that “for 40 years we have walked alone, and it is wonderful that now the Government of Israel as well as other governments around the world are supporting us and understand the injustice that has been done to us. We want to especially mention the Australian government, which was one of the first to call on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to hold a minute of silence. All of this support gives us the strength to continue, because we are no longer alone in our struggle.”
Mr. Slipper’s visit comes just one week after the Australian Parliament unanimously passed a resolution calling on the IOC to hold a minute of silence at the opening ceremony of the London Olympic Games to commemorate 40 years since the slaughter of the 11 athletes. After the resolution passed, all of the Parliament members spontaneously stood up for a minute of silence.
Australia was among the first states to express support for holding a minute of silence at the opening ceremony in London at the end of the month. A letter of support on this subject, signed by Australia’s prime minister, head of the opposition and the foreign minister, among others, had been sent earlier to the IOC President Jacques Rogge, after the latter turned down the request to hold a minute of silence.
DFM Ayalon, together with the families of the murdered athletes, has for the last few months been leading a global campaign called “JustOneMinute” in an attempt to reverse the IOC decision not to hold a moment of silence at the Olympic Games opening ceremony. The campaign has aroused great interest among parliaments, international media networks, Jewish organizations and communities around the world, and has won wide-spread support from many states.

Peter Slipper, also met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and the Speaker of the Knesset Reuven Rivlin.
Mr Slipper is in Jerusalem for talks with leading politicians, diplomats and business people to build further links between Australia and Israel.  Mr Slipper also met with Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz and  Labor MP Bushie Herzog.
Mr Slipper spoke to President Peres about the continued support Israel receives in Australia.
“I reiterated to the President and to the Deputy Foreign Minister the strong links our two countries share, and highlighted the recent resolution passed by  the entire Australian Government and the  Australian House of Representatives in support of a minute silence being held at the London Games in honour of the 11 murdered Israeli athletes in the 1972 Munich Games. “

President Shimon Peres responded by telling Slipper that “the first 90 years of life are the most difficult. After that it gets easier.”
At at reception held in his honour at the Australian embassy Mr Slipper spoke of the Australian Government’s vote against admitting Palestine to full membership at the Rio+20 International Environmental Conference held last week.
“I think this vote shows the seriousness in which Australia takes these unilateral approaches to statehood. Actions such as seeking unilateral acknowledgment undermine continued efforts by the United States and Israel to press forward with peace negotiations. It does nothing to further the national aspirations of the Palestinian people” Mr Slipper said.
The Speaker said that he had been received warmly by Speaker Rivlin with a sea of Israeli and Australian Flags.

Deputy FM Ayalon and the Munich widows thank the Australian Speaker of Parliament: “The Israeli people thanks you and the Australian people for your moral and decent decision to hold a minute of silence in memory of the athletes murdered in Munich simply because they were Israelis.”


2 Responses to “Israel says thank you”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    Who organised this visit !!!???

    As it happens Mr. Peter Slipper is NOT the current Speaker and I do not want to remind anyone the clarity of his current status.

    Betya Australian Zionist Council, ECAJ or any Board of any Deputies are otherwise busy and cannot answer my question.

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