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Jul 27, 2012

Israeli minister says to stand up for Munich dead

LONDON (Reuters) – Israel’s sports minister, Limor Livnat, said she would mark the memory of the 11 Israelis killed by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics during a key moment of the London Games opening ceremony on Friday.

Livnat, Israel’s most senior politician at the ceremony, said she would stand for a symbolic minute’s silence as International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge speaks during the opening of the Games, Israeli media reported.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-Israeli minister says to stand up for Munich dead

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – Israel’s sports minister, Limor
Livnat, said she would mark the memory of the 11 Israelis killed
by Palestinian gunmen at the 1972 Munich Olympics during a key
moment of the London Games opening ceremony on Friday.

Livnat, Israel’s most senior politician at the ceremony,
said she would stand for a symbolic minute’s silence as
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge
speaks during the opening of the Games, Israeli media reported.

Jul 26, 2012

Zilberman plants Israeli flag on badminton map

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Of Israel’s delegation of 37 Olympic competitors in London, badminton player Misha Zilberman is one of the least known and under-funded, struggling even to find someone good enough to play in his home country.

Of the fewer than 500 registered players in Israel, Moscow-born Zilberman, who took up badminton at age 12, is without a doubt the best.

Jul 26, 2012

Olympics-Zilberman plants Israeli flag on badminton map

TEL AVIV, July 26 (Reuters) – Of Israel’s delegation of 37
Olympic competitors in London, badminton player Misha Zilberman
is one of the least known and under-funded, struggling even to
find someone good enough to play in his home country.

Of the fewer than 500 registered players in Israel,
Moscow-born Zilberman, who took up badminton at age 12, is
without a doubt the best.

Jul 20, 2012

Israel: May act to stop Syria arms reaching Hezbollah

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel said on Friday it would consider military action if needed to ensure Syrian missiles or chemical weapons did not reach President Bashar al-Assad’s allies in Lebanon, the Shi’ite Islamist movement Hezbollah.

“I have instructed the military to increase its intelligence preparations and prepare what is needed so that … (if necessary) … we will be able to consider carrying out an operation,” Defence Minister Ehud Barak said in an interview on Channel 10 television.

Jul 20, 2012

Israel may seize advanced weapons in Syria-Barak

JERUSALEM, July 20 (Reuters) – Israel is preparing for a
possible military intervention in Syria in case the Syrian
government hands missiles or chemical weapons to the Lebanese
Islamist movement Hezbollah, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on
Friday.

“I have instructed the military to increase its intelligence
preparations and prepare what is needed so that … (if
necessary) … we will be able to consider carrying out an
operation,” Barak said in an interview on Channel 10 television.

Jul 20, 2012

Israeli protester who set himself alight dies: hospital

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A destitute Israeli man died on Friday from injuries he suffered after he set himself alight at a demonstration for economic reform in Tel Aviv last week, a hospital spokesman said.

Moshe Silman, in his late 50s, suffered burns to over 90 percent of his body and had been in critical condition since setting fire to himself at the July 14 protest, doctors at Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Centre said.

Jul 10, 2012

No obstacle too big for Israeli hand cyclist

LATRUN, Israel (Reuters) – When Pascale Bercovitch hurried to catch a train to school on a freezing December morning in a Paris suburb in 1984, the last thing she could have imagined was that one day she would represent Israel at the Paralympics.

Then 17, she tried to jump onto the departing train but could not hold on. She fell under the wheels, the train severing her thighs and leaving her inches from death.

Jul 10, 2012

Olympics-No obstacle too big for Israeli hand cyclist

LATRUN, Israel, July 10 (Reuters) – When Pascale Bercovitch
hurried to catch a train to school on a freezing December
morning in a Paris suburb in 1984, the last thing she could have
imagined was that one day she would represent Israel at the
Paralympics.

Then 17, she tried to jump onto the departing train but
could not hold on. She fell under the wheels, the train severing
her thighs and leaving her inches from death.

Jul 9, 2012

Israeli IOC member should back commemoration: minister

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Sports Minister Limor Livnat on Monday criticised compatriot and International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Alex Gilady for failing to support a call to commemorate the 11 Israelis killed in Munich in 1972.

Family members of the athletes, coaches and officials who were killed by Palestinian gunmen during the Munich Olympics have tried for four decades to persuade the IOC to organise an official commemoration.