Pull the Plug on ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ — Permanently

klinghoffer_2151670bApparently for the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, European anti-Semitism is unacceptable, but in America, anti-Semitism is acceptable.  That seems to be today’s message amidst the Met’s announcement that it has canceled plans for a live transmission of the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” in movie theaters “because of concerns that it could fan global anti-Semitism.”

Despite widespread controversy and condemnation - the show planned for October 2014 will go on as planned at Lincoln Center.  New York Times op-ed article some years ago which said the show is guilty of “romanticizing terrorists”, op-eds (including mine in the NY Post), petitions, civil rights organizations’ press releases and vows to protests – yet, the the Met won’t yet cancel the live NY performances.

As an American teenager has been kidnapped by Muslim extremists in Israel this week, do the armchair liberals at Lincoln Center only subscribe to the “global village” when it suits their purposes?

In a rather curious statement today, Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said he “become convinced that there is genuine concern in the international Jewish community that the live transmission of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ would be inappropriate at this time of rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe.” So, if Gelb viewed anti-Semites as more of a danger here than the show would be cancelled here? Is he saying that Jews in Europe are in danger? Or Jews here are not? Is the Met the gatekeepers of Jewish safety?

The Metropolitan Opera’s statement about the play notes that this opera “looks for humanity in the terrorists.”  Bluntly, as Morton Klein of the Zionist Organization of America said yesterday, “If one ‘humanizes’ killers of gay people, you are anti-gay.  If one “humanizes” killers of blacks, you are anti-black.  If one “humanizes” killers of Jews, you are anti-Semitic.”

Humanity cannot be found in terrorist killers.

The daughters of murdered Leon Klinghoffer in their statement said “The Death of Klinghoffer” perverts the terrorist murder of our father and attempts to romanticize, rationalize, legitimize and explain it. The political approach of the composer and librettist is evident with the opera’s disingenuous and dangerous juxtaposition of the plight of the Palestinian people with the coldblooded, terrorist murder of an innocent disabled American Jew.” They added that this shows “rationalization of terrorism and false moral equivalencies provide no thoughtfulness or insight.” Are victims’ rights also no longer important?

A show which was cancelled for live worldwide showings should also be cancelled in New York.  If it was not acceptable after September 11th, what now makes it acceptable for Lincoln Center to glorify the murderers of a disabled World War 2 veteran?  

In 2012, in response to an “outpouring of reaction” of fans that Met officials and the publishers of Opera News had decided to stop reviewing Met shows, Gelb said, “I think I made a mistake. The Metropolitan Opera only exists with the good will of the public.”  

He was right then that he made a mistake – and now again he has and must own up to this mistake and immediately cancel the show.

An American boy with New York roots is currently missing in Israel at the hands of the same terrorists glorified in The Death of Klinghoffer.  Terror knows no boundaries – and anti-Semitism anywhere in the world is dangerous and despicable.

New Yorkers of all religions, colors and ethnicities must stand together and say that humanizing killers is unacceptable. There is no artistic value which can be attributed to celebrating the murder of innocent people. 

The plug must be pulled – entirely – on the anti-Semitic “Death of Klinghoffer.”

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    How about an opera based on the death of muhammed?

    • patrickhamilton

      Interesting idea. How long would the Met remain standing if it showed the false prophet in a less than wonderful light ? One day ? Less ?

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        Yes – would Adams write an aria for Muhammad in which he sings of the connubial bliss of being married to a 9-year-old? You can imagine the reactions of Muslims worldwide.

        • Adolphus

          Consider that it shouldn’t matter to Muslims, since they are supposed to consider music a tool of Satan anyway, as the ayatollah Khomeini stated. It will, though, because they still want to control all aspects of their kuffars’ lives.

    • Dyer’s Eve

      Great idea. A potential title; ‘Satan had a child and his name was Mohammed’.

    • tickletik

      How about we set up a website detailing everything about this opera, including the names and information regarding every son of a bitch and bitch involved in the creation of that vile evil poison. While we are at it, we can include phone numbers, emails and addresses

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  • Michael Garfinkel

    Peter Gelb, another scion of the New York Times, a Jew, busy digging a new grave for the Jewish people.

  • Jakareh

    There are no “Palestinian people”, there are only Arab Muslim settlers who were evicted from a small portion of the land they had been occupying. Arab Muslims are not the legitimate owners of any land since it was all taken by the sword in the name of their death cult.

    • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

      Yes. Read Bat Ye’or’s Eurabia, and then my blog http:http://clarespark.com/2014/06/18/how-ralph-bunche-sold-out-and-failed-in-palestine/. About Ralph Bunche and the failed UN, with some thoughts on resistance to “feminized” and “jewified” modernity.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        Interesting thoughts concerning the shock reaction to modernity. We know how Qutb and the MB recoiled at the sight of modernity but I didn’t realize the broader cultural dynamic at work.

    • Americana

      The Jews and the Israelis do themselves and the truth a disservice when they claim there’s no such people as the Palestinians. If the Palestinians identify themselves as Palestinians, you’ve got no right to stand in their way simply because they didn’t succeed in being accorded an identity by the colonial powers. If the Palestinians have legitimate provenance over that land that goes back many generations then that indicates a reliable pedigree of landed possession. You also shouldn’t attempt to diminish their status in the area by claiming they’re “settlers” who were “evicted from a small portion of the land they had been occupying.” They are not settlers in the way that Jewish settlers are “settlers” and the amount of land which was stolen is not small and insignificant but is large and significant.

      If the reverse were true, and the Jews hadn’t been granted the right to declare themselves a state, then they would be in the same boat as the Palestinians. Don’t you realize that by proposing your theory of an unrecognized, nation-less “people,” you are, by inference, also denigrating the story behind Jewish history?

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        The “Palestinians” didn’t even start calling themselves that until long after the colonial period. They are Arabs, pure and simple, with the same language and culture of other Arabs. The Jews, by contrast, have a connection to the land going back millennia. Also, very little land was “stolen” i.e. expropriated, as most land was sold to Jews by Arab landlords. Note that a change of government in 1948 does not amount to “stealing” land.

        • Bklyn Farmer

          “Americana” is nothing more than a troll for all thing

          Date: Palestinans were offered State:
          1937-The Peel Commission.
          1947-The UN
          And the Arab answer is: NO!

          She ignores the fact that their goal is the destruction of Israel and not the creation of a state, that given the deminsions of Israel the maximum displaymet a Plaetinian is 40 miles. Ignores that Other Arab countries have used the Palestians as another front to attack Israel exemplified by the recent additional revocation of Jordanian citizenship of the so-called “Palestinians”.

          Palestinian always meant Jew until about 30-40 yrs ago, when the Arabs living in Israel decided that they needed a “national identity”. Not for themselves, but rather to get the Western world to feel sorry for them and identify with their plight. Arabs living in Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, etc all view themselves as Arabs and as one national people. Until 1967, Jordan occupied the West Bank and Egypt occupied Gaza, and the Arabs living there never called for an independent state as the Arabs living in Gaza and West Bank felt no different from the rest of the Egyptians and Jordanians! They invented the identity of “Palestinian” in the 1960’s and made up a story of “seeking independence” which would appeal to Western media.

          As Gingrich accurately said:
          “Remember there was no Palestine as a state. It was part of the Ottoman Empire. And I think that we’ve had an invented Palestinian people, who are in fact Arabs, and were historically part of the Arab community,” Gingrich said. “And they had a chance to go many places. And for a variety of political reasons we have sustained this war against Israel now since the 1940’s, and I think it’s tragic.”

          • Americana

            You cannot use the collective Arab reaction to Israel’s founding to continue to stymie Palestinian statehood. You also can’t hold it against the Palestinians for actions taken by other ethic Arab states like Jordan. If Jordan doesn’t want to accept a large number of refugees, it should not be forced to do so simply to solve Israeli dismay at the fact the Palestinian problem will not go away. There is every reason why the Palestinians remained adamantly opposed to accepting those initial offers of statehood — because they believed they would win out. They have failed at that and there is a large majority that wish to sign a peace accord even if there are remaining holdouts at the other end of the spectrum. It’s time for a diplomatic solution. If Israel doesn’t desire a diplomatic solution, then Israel should make that announcement at the United Nations and let the situation implode.

            Who is Gingrich to say where the Palestinians should go? What a foolish and gratuitous statement.

          • Bklyn Farmer

            I cannot, should I listen to you and not look at recent history, who are you?

            Who should Israel partner with, the terrorist organization Hamas, or the terrorist funding, holocaust denying Abbas who is in his 7th year past being Prime Minister.
            You want a look into the future Pali state look no further than Gaza with 8,000 plus rockets after that last Jew left, the 3 Israeli teenagers that were kidnapped will be a regular occurrence if Israel goes in to find then the EU and fools such as yourself will scream bloody murder that Israel went into a sovereign NATION.

            “Who is Gingrich to say” THE REAL QUESTION WHO ARE YOU TO DEMAND

          • Bklyn Farmer

            “there is a large majority that wish to sign a peace accord”

            Here are you peace-accepting Palestinians:

            “The Israel Project poll showed that a substantial majority of Palestinians see a two-state solution as a step toward a one-state solution and not as an end in itself.

            Asked to choose between two statements, 66 percent of respondents favored “The real goal should be to start with a two-state solution but then move to it all being one Palestinian state” and 30 percent picked “I can accept permanently a two-state solution with a homeland for the Palestinian people living side by side with Israel, a homeland for the Jewish people.”

            Asked whether they agreed with President Barack Obama that “there should be two states: Palestine as the homeland for the Palestinian people and Israel as the homeland of the Jewish people,” 34 percent accepted the formulation and 61 percent rejected it.”

          • American Patriot

            Jordan was the original Palestinian state, since the state of “Transjordan” was part of the original Palestine Mandate established after World War I by the British.

          • Kaine

            And that state included the West Bank.


            Not any more.

            Pal-e-SWINIANS can screw up their own lives in Gaza as Arabs screw up any other Arab entity – like Syria (160,000+ dead – Arabs killing Arabs), Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen and so on.


            Jordan is Pal-e-SWINE.

            So there already is a two state solution.

            Maybe you want a 3,4,5,6,7… state sulution?

            Syria is breaking up – a perfect place for a Pal-e-SWINE.


            Jordan is “paleswine”.

            That’s the east bank of the Jordan river.

            Problem solved.

          • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

            Thanks for the tip-off. I won’t bother responding to her in the future.

          • Bklyn Farmer

            Hi Nahalkides,

            I think you answering her is very important and valuable, it let’s the casual unbiased reader who comes across comments like that see the other side, just don’t let it get to you. All the best and thank you.

          • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

            You’re quite welcome. :)

        • Americana

          They are Arabs, true, that have a cultural identity linking them to Judea over many generations. That incredibly long occupational residency status goes beyond calling them simply ‘Arabs’ especially if it’s meant to be an aid in securing the dispossession of the rest of their land. There is no reason other than a political one to strip these Palestinians of their self-awarded national title simply to take their remaining land.

          Lots of land within Israel proper was sold to Jews around the 1920s in the first waves of Zionist settlement but you could also be talking about the current trend of buying out Palestinians in areas of intended Israeli control, please clarify. ((From a web site: In 1920 and 1921, clashes broke out between Arabs and Jews in which roughly equal numbers from both communities were killed. In the 1920s, when the Jewish National Fund purchased large tracts of land from absentee Arab landowners, the Arabs living in these areas were evicted. These displacements led to increasing tensions and violent confrontations between Jewish settlers and Arab peasant tenants.However the land of the Palestinians remaining inside Israel after the 1948 partition in most cases was simply expropriated by the Israelis. A change of government in 1948 if it was accompanied by eviction of the current owners is expropriating land.))

          The land issues are so complex because they include the issues of the rights of absentee landlords and tenant farmers. To be fair to both sides at this point would require Solomonic realtor skills.



          • Webb

            Drop you off in Gaza and there wouldn’t be anyone else here whining about this non-issue.


            Jews were in Israel BEFORE the prophet of Satan called Muhammed came on the scene.

            BTW, “Americana”, how do you explain your brutal occupation of Native American land in North America???

      • Webb

        Only a genuine low-life pissbag would come on here to use the terrorist murder of Mr. Klinghoffer as a forum to be a cheerleader for the terrorist breeding grounds walled-off by Israel.

      • Jakareh

        “Palestinian” when applied to Arab Muslim settlers who claim Israel as their own is nothing but a cynical propaganda term devised by terrorists. Don’t take my word for it, take that of Arab Muslim terrorist Zuheir Mohsen’s:

        “Between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese there are no differences. We are all part of ONE people, the Arab nation. Look, I have family members with Palestinian, Lebanese, Jordanian and Syrian citizenship. We are ONE people. Just for political reasons we carefully underwrite our Palestinian identity. Because it is of national interest for the Arabs to advocate the existence of Palestinians to balance Zionism. Yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity exists only for tactical reasons. The establishment of a Palestinian state is a new tool to continue the fight against Israel and for Arab unity.”

        Aside from this, you missed the larger point. Westerners should not recognize Muslim sovereignty over any land whatsoever, regardless of how long it’s been occupied. That’s true because every bit of land under Muslim domination was taken by force and because Muslims don’t recognize non-Muslims as legitimate possessors of our land and instead seek to dominate not only Israel but Europe and America as well.

        I’m very glad the Muslims states in Iberia were destroyed and I’m equally glad one was not established in Israel. I hope that in time every Muslim state is destroyed and Islam with them. The world is too small for Islam and civilization.

    • Kaine

      As opposed to the Israelites taking it from the Canaanites in the name of their version of the sky god?

      • Jakareh

        Yeah, because the ancient Canaanites are flying planes into buildings. Or is that the ancient Israelis? I’m not even sure what point you’re trying to make, but I know it’s stupid.


        Take up your sky god problems with an Imam during Ramadan.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

    Gelb says two things. He claims the opera is not anti-Semitic but he is pulling the live transmission (not the performance) because it will be distorted by anti-Semites to justify their atrocities. He wants it both ways. He wants credit by his leftist friends for putting on this vile terrorist-justifying “classic” while pretending to by sympathetic to the victims and their families.

    Gelb is a coward. If it isn’t anti-Semitic he should not be pulling the work in any manner because some distort the message. If it is a work that justifies attacks against Jews it should be pulled completely. One way or another, Gelb is a coward.

    • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

      He also seems to be a strong supporter of composer John Adams, who tends to inject Left-wing politics into his work. Most modern operas stink, but if you’re going to present one, better John Harbison’sThe Great Gatsby (which the Met commissioned back in the ’90’s) than Adams’ Klinghoffer.

      Adams apparently did give the character of Klinghoffer an aria late in the Opera, but how much that could make up for the earlier sympathetic portrayal of terrorists is hard to say. Perhaps Adams, like many on the Left, is so stunted morally that he really thinks there are two sides to the Klinghoffer murder, and that they both deserve equal time.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        I’m not that familiar with operas post-Pucini. Is Harbison accessible?

        • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

          As I recall, somewhat. Like you, I’m not familiar with modern opera. But I seem to remember that Gatsby was reasonably faithful to the book (with Jerry Hadley as Gatsby, I think – I only heard part of it), which would put it miles ahead of Klinghoffer.

    • carpe diem 36

      if throwing a disable Jewish person overboard by Isamic terrorists is not anti semitc I would like to know what is!! this is sheer ugliness, I do not know what the purpose of writing this was: to glorify terrorists, to inflame those who hate Jews – it is definitely not art. it is sheer garbage. Anyone going to see this is a low life, just like those who wrote, composed and staged it.

      • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ Jason P

        Operas can be tragedies with villains. One thinks of Scarpia in Tosca. Perhaps John Adams will create a new opera, Scarpia’s Story, to lament the lonely fascist’s suffering.

        • carpe diem 36

          i believe that he wrote this opera because he lacks imagination and cannot create something good of fiction. if he could he would have. but because he cannot he picks up something from the news. why this from so much news to pick from? he was just digging in the trash because he lacks talent.


        Boycott the NY Times.

        Don’t buy it. Let is collapse over its lack of morality and veritas.

  • Dyer’s Eve

    I can’t believe that anyone would produce an opera about the murder of an innocent man. How heartless can you get? Imagine how his family feels. What next? September 11, the musical? Lefties never cease to amaze me, for all the wrong reasons. They’re the sort of arty-farty, skinny-legged wankers that would ruminate over something called ‘the life of a dog turd’. What kind of world is this?

    • happytrails5

      Agree; the economy is tanking, numerous scandals, Iraq is on the verge of falling to terrorists, BUT the team name “Redskins” is now demonized – is there any more trivial that can be made an issue. Wait, don’t answer that, I’m sure the Left will come up with something.

    • Kaine

      You can’t make art about traumatic things? I thought that was largely the point of the medium.

  • tagalog

    Cold-bloodedly rolling a guy confined to a wheelchair off the side of a ship to drown in the ocean is about as low as you can get. That’s all I have to say.

    • UCSPanther

      It’s glorifying a wanton crime…

    • Michael Garfinkel

      To tagalog – And it is enough said, indeed.

      But what does it say about the composer of this opera, the Met for showcasing it, and Mr. Gelb for producing it?

      I am hard – pressed to come up with anything lower than what is in effect the celebration of the murder of Mr.Klinghoffer, especially when it’s couched in terms such as “humanizing” the killers.

      At least the terrorists are honest enough to gloat after each atrocity; not the Peter Gelbs of the world, who are pursuing “understanding.”

      Mr, Gelb has children of his own, and we all know how quickly his efforts to “understand the other” would fly out the window if it were his boys kidnapped and abused by “Palestinians”, as has just happened in Israel.

      What a disgrace.

  • carpe diem 36

    only a sick mind and only a sick anti semitic mind can write this piece of cr@@p. how dare they desecrate such a person, he personifies the whole Jewish community, the target of so much hatred. Those responsible for writing, composing and staging this so called opera should be condemned and shown as they are shameful low lifes.

  • Jeff Ludwig

    I sent the following letter to Mr. Gelb of the Met:
    Dear Mr. Gelb,
    The Met is one of the world’s greatest cultural institutions. I was saddened to learn today that you are planning to produce an opera called “Death of Klinghoffer” where the terrorists who murdered this man are put in a good light.
    Frankly, sir, I cannot believe this. I remember that event so well. I have retained the memory of Mr. Klinghoffer all these years. I have honored his memory because he had the courage to rebuke the terrorists who had hijacked the
    Achille Lauro. Then, in cold blood, they shot this disabled, honest man, and threw him overboard. What could be more heinous than that — hijacking, murder, disrespect of his dead body? I do not know if you remember that that was one of many horrible incidents of airplane and ship hijackings in the 1980’s that were accomplished by terrorists trained at bases in Libya. When those training camps were finally bombed, the hijackings ceased.

    Please do not consider this work merely as “art,” and rationalize that the Met is not in the business of taking sides in political disputes. In fact, by producing the opera, the Met is “going political” and leaving the domain of true art. The opera is lifting up lawlessness of the worst kind. The greatest operas often portray tragic situations, but even the murders are not legitimized by the presentations but are seen as unfolding human tragedy. Here the opera is partisan in favor of that which is worst in human nature. Leon Klinghoffer is diminished and the murderer and his “cause” is lifted up in horrible transvaluation of values. With the diminution of Mr. Klinghoffer, we are all diminished. Art can never have that as its purpose.

    Please Mr. Gelb, in the name of humanity, of love and of truth, use your considerable influence to have this “revisionist” opera removed from the programs of the Met!!

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