OTTAWA - The federal government has unanimously supported an international movement to honour the 11 Israelis slain at the 1972 Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has refused requests to hold a special tribute at the London Olympic opening ceremonies, 40 years after the Israeli athletes were killed by Palestinian gunmen at the Munich Games.
A motion in the House of Commons by Liberal MP Irwin Cotler to support the initiative for a special tribute was adopted unanimously Wednesday.
The IOC's refusal to honour the athletes with a moment of silence has left Israeli officials fuming.
It has also led to a growing global campaign to convince the Olympic governing body to reverse its decision.
Minister of State for Sport Bal Gosal and Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird asked IOC president Jacques Rogge to reconsider his position in a letter sent last week.
"The terrorist attack targeted not only Israel, but the spirit and goals of the Olympic movement," they wrote. "Given the impact of this tragedy, on the Olympic community as a whole and the world, it should be marked publicly as part of the official ceremony of the games, not just by the Israeli delegation."
In the second week of the Munich Games, eight members of the Black September militant group penetrated the laxly secured Olympic village and took Israeli team members hostage. A day later, all 11 were dead.
German police killed five of the eight assassins during a failed rescue attempt and Israeli agents tracked down and killed the others. The Games were briefly suspended.
The entrance to 3 Mill Studios.
Abbey Mills pumping station from a distance.
In a park in front of Abbey Mills sits this structure to commemorate the deaths of four men who fell down a well in the area. It's meant as a memorial for workers in general.
A walkway along the canals near 3 Mills Studios. Some of the canal's house boat owners are being urged to move prior to the Olympics.
Kapoor's Orbit in the background. In front, the "Waste Paper Basket."
The "waste paper basket"
Workers enter the "Waste Paper Basket."
If you look behind the scaffolding, you will see a woman and two children. This building was home to the famous <a href="http://www.yardleylondon.com/" target="_hplink">Yardley soap</a>.
One of the many colorful new apartment buildings in the area.
The Icona sits adjacent to Olympic Park. Apartments during the games are being rented for as much as 5,000 pounds per week, according to my tour guide.
An abandoned building next to security at the Olympic Park. According to my guide, Maitland Simpson, rumors are swirling that the building will serve as a possible weapons stash for security purposes.
The Orbit, foreground, with main Olympic stadium in the background.
The Zaha Hadid-designed aquatics center.
The Orbit and aquatics center, with the Olympic Park in the background.
The Orbit, with the Shard in the background.
Westfield Stratford Mall on the right, with the media center visible on the left.
From left: The grey and white striped building is the media center, which will be turned into a fashion institute post games; the building with glass windows and a pyramid-like roof is the start of <a href="http://www.london2012.com/venue/olympic-village" target="_hplink">Olympic Village</a>, which will be converted into apartments to start opening in 2013.
The Water Polo arena (left)
The exceptionally-large Westfield shopping center. Visitors who come to the Olympics via tube or national rail will enter through the mall.
Restaurants at the mall
The mall was PACKED with people at 11a.m. on a Thursday. It seemed as though the Olympic Games was just an after thought to the shopping that was happening inside.
The <a href="http://www.eurostar.com/UK/uk/leisure/travel_information/at_the_station/stations/stratford_international.jsp" target="_hplink">Stratford International Station</a>, with more apartments from the Olympic Village behind it.