Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a personal letter urged the president of the International Olympic Committee to hold a moment of silence at the London Games in memory of the 11 Israelis killed at the Munich Olympics in 1972.

In her letter to Jacques Rogge, Gillard said a moment of silence, either at the opening ceremony on July 27 “or at an appropriate time during the Games” would allow the Olympic movement “to honor, before the world, the memory of those whose lives were lost during that horrific event.”