PROTEST NEWS: Join us in front of the Met (65th and Broadway) on Monday, October 20th at 6 PM; there will also be a press conference with messages from national & community leaders at 5 PM!
Join us in protesting the Met on Monday Oct. 20 at 6 PM (with a press conference beforehand, at 5 PM) against the production of the Klinghoffer opera. Monday Oct. 20 is the opening night; there will be a caravan of 100 wheelchairs there to dramatize our protest and oppose the Met’s glorification of the Arab terrorists who murdered a wheelchair-bound American Jew. Please join us on October 20th!
Thank you to the THOUSANDS of people who came from far and near to join the protest at Lincoln Center (65th Street and Broadway) on Monday Sept. 22!!! The protest was a great success and received widespread media coverage. Former Governor Pataki, Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Israeli Knesset Member Ze’ev, Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein, 9-11 Hero’s Sister Debra Burlingame, Catholic League President Dr. Bill Donahoe, Mother of Victim of Terrorism Devorah Halberstam, and many other luminaries spoke at the protest!
Here is a sample of the hate-filled anti-Semitic lyrics in Death of Klinghoffer, which “humanizes” terrorists and falsifies history to “blame Israel”:
“America is one big Jew…You are always complaining of your suffering, But wherever poor men are gathered they can find Jews getting fat. They know how to cheat the simple, exploit the virgin, Pollute wherever you have exploited. Defame those you cheated, and break your own law with idolatry.”
Monday September 22 at 4:30 p.m. (opening night gala of the opera season protest);
Monday October 20 (opening night of Death of Klinghoffer protest);
Wednesday October 29 (Death of Klinghoffer performance protest);
Wednesday November 5 (Death of Klinghoffer performance protest);
Saturday night November 8 (Death of Klinghoffer performance protest);
Tuesday November 11 (Death of Klinghoffer performance protest)
Please join us there.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Participating Organizations include: ZOA (Zionist Organization of America); Simon Wiesenthal Center; JCCWatch.org; Mothers Against Terrorism; AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel); AMCHA; Catholic League; AFI (Advocates for Israel); COPMA (Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art); Jewish Action Alliance; HRCARI (Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam); CIPAC (Christians’ Israel Public Action Campaign); Lincoln Square Synagogue; RAJE (Russian American Jewish Experience); Israel’s Voice; Israel Forever Foundation; Rambam Mesivta HS; Hasbara Fellowships; One Israel Fund; MERCL (Middle East Research Center Ltd); Stand with Us; Jewish Political Education Foundation; Congregation Or Zarua; International Committee for the Land of Israel; Congregation Ohab Zedek; Shalhevet HS for Girls; Strength to Strength; Westchester Hebrew High School and more!
JUDEA PEARL’s OPEN LETTER TO THE MET WAS READ AT THE SEPTEMBER 22 PROTEST. HERE IT IS:
Judea Pearl is the father of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by al Qaeda in 2002. Below are the remarks he prepared for a protest at Monday night’s opening of the Metropolitan Opera, whose season is to include “The Death of Klinghoffer,” an opera widely criticized as justifying terrorism. — The Editors
Friends and fellow protesters:
In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including thousands of men, women and children who were murdered, maimed or left heartbroken by the new menace of our generation, a menace of savagery that the Met has decided to elevate to a normative, two-sided status, worthy of artistic expression.
They tell us that the composer tried to “understand the hijackers, their motivations and their grievances.”
I submit to you that there has never been a crime in human history lacking grievance and motivation.
The 9/11 lunatics had profound motivations, and the murderers of my son, Daniel Pearl, had very compelling “grievances.”
In the past few weeks, we have seen with our own eyes that Hamas and ISIS have grievances, too — and they, too, are lining up for operatic productions with the Met.
There is nothing more enticing to a would-be terrorist than the prospect of broadcasting his “grievances” in Lincoln Center, the icon of American culture.
Yet civilized society, from the time of our caveman ancestors, has learned to protect itself by codifying right from wrong, separating the holy from the profane, distinguishing that which deserves the sound of orchestras from that which deserves our unconditional revulsion.
The Met has smeared this distinction and thus betrayed its contract with society.
I submit to you that choreographing an operatic drama around criminal pathology is not an artistic prerogative, but a blatant betrayal of public trust.
We do not stage operas for rapists and child molesters, and we do not compose symphonies for penetrating the minds of ISIS executioners.
No! Composer John Adams, some stories do not have two sides, and what was done to Leon Klinghoffer has one side only.
What we are seeing here in New York today is not an artistic expression that challenges the limits of morality, but a moral deformity that challenges the limits of the art.
This opera is not about the mentality of deranged terrorists, but about the judgment of our arts directors.
The New York Met has squandered humanity’s greatest treasure — our moral compass, our sense of right and wrong and, most sadly, our reverence for music as a noble expression of the human spirit.
We might be able someday to forgive the Met for de-criminalizing brutal minds, but we will never forgive them for poisoning our music — for turning our best violins and our iconic concert halls into megaphones for excusing evil.
[Met General Manager] Peter Gelb, let me repeat what I wrote to you on Thursday:
“May God give you the courage to admit that this was a hasty, short-sighted decision that can be reversed.”
May Danny’s last words strengthen your heart to say: “I erred.”