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|Munich Widows Call for Olympic Ceremony Protest
|LONDON (AP) -- Widows of two Israeli Olympians killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics are calling on spectators to stage a silent protest during the opening of the London games.
Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano are asking audience members to stand in silence when International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge rises to speak at Friday's ceremony. Spitzer, widow of fencing coach Andrei Spitzer, who died in the Munich attack, said the Israeli athletes ''were killed at an Olympic venue. They should be honored there.''
They have gathered more than 100,000 signatures for the moment of silence and count President Barack Obama among their supporters.
The IOC says the opening ceremony is not an appropriate arena to remember the dead, despite pressure from politicians in the United States, Israel and Germany.