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Anti-Israel Production "The Death of Klinghoffer"
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June 11, 2014

OPEN LETTER TO PETER GELB, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera

Re.  Anti-Israel Production  "The Death of Klinghoffer"

Peter Gelb
General Manager
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023 

Dear Mr. Gelb,

We are appalled that The Metropolitan Opera has chosen to perform John Adams' “The Death of Klinghoffer."

The opera justifies terrorism by romanticizing the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the Achilles Lauro cruise ship in 1985 and murdered the wheel-chair bound Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer. It distorts the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is marked by anti-Israel propaganda, misinformation, and anti-Semitic canards that are never challenged in the libretto. This is not simply a "thought-provoking work on a controversial topic" any more than a work would be that sympathetically portrays and/or justifies those who lynched an African-American.  

This opera's inflammatory bias is well-known.  At its 1991 performance in San Francisco, groups picketed; the Los Angeles Opera and the Glyndebourne Opera Festival  cancelled scheduled performances despite the fact that they  were among the co-commissioners of the work.   After 9/11, performances were cancelled in Boston and elsewhere because of the opera's sympathetic portrayal of terrorists.  The daughters of Leon Klinghoffer have expressed their outrage," ... at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic ... The juxtaposition of the plight of the Palestinian people with the coldblooded murder of an innocent disabled American Jew is both historically naive and appalling."

Despite the guise of presenting different points of view, this opera spreads anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views, and draws appalling moral equivalencies. We urge you to cancel the performances or, at a minimum, cancel the plans for simulcasting the opera.

Sincerely,                                                                                                                               

Roz Rothstein, CEO
StandWithUs

 

ACTION ALERT

If you wish to express your own concerns about this production, you can phone the administrative offices at the Met and request Mr. Gelb, or write or email a letter.  Below is a sample letter you can send.

 

Peter Gelb
General Manager
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center
New York, NY 10023 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (212) 799-3100

 

Dear Mr. Gelb,

I am appalled that The Metropolitan Opera has chosen to perform John Adams' “The Death of Klinghoffer."

The opera justifies terrorism by romanticizing the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the Achilles Lauro cruise ship in 1985 and murdered the wheel-chair bound Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer. It distorts the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is marked by anti-Israel propaganda, misinformation, and anti-Semitic canards that are never challenged in the libretto. This is not simply a "thought-provoking work on a controversial topic" any more than a work would be that sympathetically portrays and/or justifies those who lynched an African-American.  

This opera spreads anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views, and draws appalling moral equivalencies. We urge you to cancel the performances or, at a minimum, cancel the plans for simulcasting the opera.

Sincerely,                           

 

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