Posted by: davidbancroft | June 14, 2014

Metropolitan Opera Presents Antisemitic “Death of Klinghoffer”

Astonishingly anti-Semitism takes no holiday even in a high Jewish population city like New York.  Freedom of speech reigns even if the message delivered is one of hate.  The following article is copied from COMMITTEE FOR ACCURACY IN MIDDLE EAST REPORTING IN AMERICA  web site.

New York City’s Metropolitan Opera plans to stage the John Adams/Alice Goodman opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” this fall and to televise it by HD (high definition) transmission to theater screens around the world. This would provide an opera termed anti-Israel and antisemitic by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others, a potential audience of hundreds of thousands. The work, which premiered in 1989 and previously has been seen in the United Kingdom, United States and elsewhere, was inspired—spawned would be a better term—by the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking. Terrorists from the Palestine Liberation Front, a faction of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheel-chair bound American Jew, and dumped his body overboard. The opera does not just present a false moral equivalence between Klinghoffer and his murderers, it romanticizes Palestinian terrorists and the false narrative that Palestinian Arabs are driven to such “resistance” because the Jews stole their land.

Jews need to unite in denouncing these kinds of presentations. 

David Bancroft



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