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2012 Tribute to Munich Victims

by Justin Cohen

Lord Janner is spearheading efforts to secure a minute's silence during the London Olympics in memory of the eight Israeli athletes killed during the Munich Games 40 years earlier.
The Labour peer, who sits of the Jewish Committee for the London Games, is hoping the tribute will take place during the opening or closing ceremony. It will be down to the International Olympic Committee to decide whether to take on the proposals.

"We will do our best to make sure that the memory of the victims of the Munich massacre are remembered in an appropriate way at the Games," said Lord Janner. "We hope that this will be marked in one of the olympic ceremonies as well as by the community and City of London."

The proposals are being supported by the JCLG, which also comprises the London Jewish Forum, Maccabi GB and UJIA. LJF chief executive Alex Goldberg said: "This will take a concerted international effort from politicians and sports associations, from both our community and outside of it."

It has previously been confirmed that a host city event will be held in memory of the victims. Two or three venues are currently being considered to host the ceremony, including Bevis Marks.

Meanwhile, 2012 organisers have asked the Jewish community to take a leading role in welcoming ceremonies for the Israeli Olympic and Paralympic teams in the Olympic village. JCLG hopes the event will see hundreds of young British Jews joining members of the Israeli team and IOC members.

Goldberg said: "This will be one of the main set piece events for Jewish youth in London. We are developing a programme to ensure that the entire community becomes involved through hospilitality events, sports programme, schools programme and volunteering opportunities before and during the Games."

FA Announce Respect Programme

by Andrew Sherwood

The Football Association have announced plans for a zero tolerance policy towards anti-Semitism and Islamophobic behaviour at football grounds across the country, following a summit hosted by the Metropolitan Police at the end of last season.

The talks, which were held between The FA, the Board of Deputies of British Jews and the National Association of Muslim Police, identified six key areas which will be addressed over the course of the new season: how stewards manage incidents; the way football grounds are policed; how incidents are monitored; strengthening reporting mechanisms; the role of referees, and community engagement and involvement in football.

The idea is to set our clear action plans through both the Anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia Group, with the group, which will be chaired by John Mann MP, scheduled to meet for the first time at the FA on 18 September.

Speaking on behalf of the London Jewish Forum, Alex Goldberg said: “The FA and Kick It Out have run a successful programme in combating racism in football, but anti-Semitism continues to exist in the game.

“This will be a high profile group which will be looking at combating anti-Semitism and we are looking forward to working on it.”
Maccabi GB will be one of those groups at their meeting, and their Chief Executive Martin Berliner said: “We welcome the fact that a structure has been put in place to address these issues and look forward to the meeting next month.”

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