New York’s Metropolitan Opera has cancelled plans for a global simulcast to cinemas of John Adam’s ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ amid objections from powerful Jewish-Israel lobby group Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which claims the opera glorify “Palestinian terrorism” and could stir hatred toward Jews and Israel. Watch the video below.
Composed in 1991, The Death of Klinghoffer, is a coproduction between the Met and English National Opera. Tom Morris production which opened first in London in 2012, was to conduct eight performances in Manhattan starting October 2014. In addition, a live HD broadcast to 200 cinemas around the world was scheduled in November.
The libretto to The Death of Klinghoffer is written by a British Jew Alice Goodman. It had its first premier in 1991 in New York. The Jewish Lobby charged it with anti-Semitism and sympathetic to PLO. Klinghoffer’s two daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, attended the production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and issued the statement: “The juxtaposition of the plight of the Palestinian people with the cold-blooded murder of an innocent disabled American Jew is both historically naïve and appalling.”
Peter Gelb (Jewish), General Manager of Metropolitan, took the decision to cancel the opera under pressure from the organized Jewry. Peter is son of Arthur Gelb, former managing editor of the Jew York Times.
ADL has praised the Metropolitan Opera decision, saying while the opera wasn’t anti-Semitic it feared it could create anti-Israeli sentiments in foreign countries.
John Adams blasted the decision, saying the opera “in no form condones or promotes violence, terrorism or anti-Semitism.”
The opera depicts the 1985 hijacking of Italian Achille Lauro cruise ship by Mossad-PLO double agents. An American Jewish passenger Leon Klinghoffer 69 on wheelchair was killed during the hijacking.
“Those fears have been raised every time “Klinghoffer” has been performed in its 23-year history, including at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2011. But in fact, the only anti-Semitism this work – which delves deep into the idealistic roots but inevitably evil practices of terrorism – has ever engendered has been because of often successful pressure from Jewish groups to ban performances of “Klinghoffer” rather than incorporate poetic tragedy into the peace process,” says Mark Swed at LA Times, June 18, 2014.
In fact, Alice Goodman doesn’t tell the true story behind the hijacking. Former Israel Occupation Force (IOF) arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe, and special intelligence adviser to Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, in his 1992 book, Profits of War: Inside the Secret US-Israeli Arms Network, has claimed that the whole hijacking operation was ordered and funded by Israeli Mossad to discredit Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and its leader Yasser Arafat.
Former senior Mossad official Rafael Eitan, who later became Minister of Pensioner Affairs, ordered PLO’s double agent Abu’l Abbas, who was receiving millions from Israeli intelligence officers posing as Sicilian dons. Abbas then gathered a team to attack the cruise ship. The team was told to make it look bad, to show the world what lay in store for other unsuspecting citizens if Palestinian demands were not met. The group picked on an elderly American Jewish man in a wheelchair, killed him, and threw his body overboard. They made their point. But for Israel it was the best kind of anti-Palestinian propaganda. George Pumphrey has exposed this and some other Israeli false flag operations to demonize Palestinians. Read here.