– Jewish Organizations, 9-11 Victims And Others To Call For Opera To Be Cancelled–
A coalition of organizations will commence protests Monday evening, July 21 at 6:30 PM against the Metropolitan Opera House’s decision to air the planned October opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer”. Those gathered will include 1st Responders, 9-11 victims and a coalition of Rabbis, Jewish organizations and others. Protestors will also gather on Tuesday July 22 & Wednesday, July 23. They will gather at 64th Street outside of the Met.
They will protest the show – and call for it to be cancelled, as the show celebrates the murder of 69-year old New-Yorker Leon Klinghoffer, who was killed by terrorists of the Palestine Liberation Front (PFLF). Protestors will hold American flags and have wheelchairs to illustrate the plight of Klinghoffer, who was confined to a wheelchair.
Organizations who have called for the event to be cancelled include Aish Center, the Carlebach Shul, the Zionist Organization of America, Russian-American Jewish Experience (RAJE) and others. They continue to meet with politicians and call for an end to all local, state and federal funding received by The Metropolitan Opera should this show not be cancelled. The coalition also plans to contact corporate sponsors and donors.
“This anti-Semitic opera viciously falsifies history to malign and incite hatred against Israel and the Jewish people. The opera is a disgrace and should be canceled immediately,” said Helen Friedman, Director of Americans For a Safe Israel.