Photo Credit: Richard Lobell
NY rally against Met Opera's 'Death of Klinghoffer' opera. Sept. 22, 2014.

Thousands of protesters showed up to tell the Metropolitan Opera patrons, arriving Monday night, Sept. 22, for the year’s black tie gala, that staging the opera named the “Death of Klinghoffer” was a vile act of anti-Semitism.

Politicians, such as former New York Governor Pataki, and U.S. Congressman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), an Israeli knesset member, local politicians, rabbis, activists, heads of Jewish Zionist organizations and Evangelical Zionist organizations, former U.S. Attorney General Judge Michael Mukasey, victims of terrorism and Jewish high school students came to voice their protest against the “Death of Klinghoffer” opera.

Cong. Eliot Engel (R) spoke at the anti-Klinghoffer rally on Sept. 22, 2014. Richard Allen (L) of JCC Watch, was one of the protest organizers.

Former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke out strongly against the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, Peter Gelb, insisting on staging the “Death of Klinghoffer” at the Metropolitan Opera. Mukasey was scathing in his denunciation of Gelb and his wrongheaded decision.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey spoke at the rally against the Met Opera staging the “Death of Klinghoffer” on Sept. 22, 2014.

Sarri Singer, a victim of Palestinian Arab terrorism spoke out against the opera, as did several 9/11 victims, as well as a victim of African genocide.

Sarri Singer (center) victim of Palestinian Arab terror, with Consolee Nishimwe (L), Genocide Survivors Support Network, Survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda and Wendy Lanski (R), Board Member, Strength to Strength, 9/11 Survivor who was in the North Tower on the 29th Floor, at the Sept. 22 NYC protest against the ‘Death of Klinghoffer’ opera.

New York City police officer Steven McDonald, the victim of a gunshot which left him confined to a wheelchair, spoke out strongly against terrorism and against the opera which glorifies it.

Detective Steven McDonald of the New York City Police Department was shot in the line of duty in 1986 and paralyzed from the neck down. He spoke at the rally against the Klinghoffer opera at the Metropolitan Opera on Sept. 22, 2014.

Christian Zionist, founder and president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations Laurie Cardoza-Moore said that the growing cancer of anti-Semitism was now consuming the Metropolitan Opera. She reminded the crowd that Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that “all propaganda must be presented in a popular form.” Cardoza-Moore exclaimed that “the Metropolitan Opera has taken a page out of Hitler’s book!”

Laurie Cardoza-Moore, founder and president of Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, spoke at the anti-Klinghoffer rally in NYC on Sept. 22, 2014.

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  1. This is about respect for the dead. Klingerhoff's surviving children have said “We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the cold-blooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.”

    If this so is so desperately important to show, show it somewhere else. Don't grant this opera any legitimacy by showing it at the Met Opera.

  2. Don't let the Met Opera make money off a murder victim.

    Leon Klinghoffer's surviving children have said “We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the cold-blooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.”

  3. what about Alex Odeh and my claim for the reward? I''ve assigned a portion of it to the Odeh Estate and to the Progressive List For Peace! This type of staging the “Death of Klinghoffer” hate is prohibited by US law and which is why I advocate the establishment of a UN Regional Human Rights Terrorism Court in East Jerusalem as I proposed to UNESCO Amman and which was endorsed by Ehud Olmert when I was a student at Portland State University and Portland Community College and had an interview scheduled to meet with Olmert and his special assistant to establish a trade agreement and said UN Court under a Regional UN Security Arrangement and Mid East Peace Treaty

  4. Buy a ticket. Go see it. No one has censored art. No one would dream of trying to stop the writing of the libretto. The Metropolitan Opera has the right to put this opera on. I have a right to object to that choice. They do not put on every opera ever written. Do not mix up free speech and censorship with s supposed right to have something performed on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. I am sure it would peak your interest to see an opera that glorified, or at least understood, the point of view of lynch mobs. Moral equivalency seems quite popular to Mr. Gelb. As to Donald Levinson, I am a Democrat who is quite riled up. Cong. Elliot Engel is a Democrat. This is not a left right divide. Peter Gelb wants it to be so, but it isn't.

  5. I heard that "John, the Humanitarian Mujahideen" will open on 9/11 of next year. It will be an interactive show, with his asking for volunteers from the audience to demonstrate the proper way to behead a person.

  6. Suppose we changed some of the plot.Instead of a Jewish American being killed by an Arab it was an Italian in a wheel chair shot by a Russian?It would simply be called a murder which cannot be justified!
    However Klinghoffer was a Jew so murdering the poor man was acceptable,after all Jews are supposed to be murdered,aren't they?When Jews are murdered it is called political activism.

  7. Shame! Shame! Shame! Question? Where are the major Jewish Organizations such as AJC, ADL, JCC, etc? Where was Gov. Cuomo?
    Where was Hillary and Bill Clinton? Where was the Major of N.Y.-Bill De Blasio? NOWHERE! I am quite certain that back in the days of the JDL and Rabbi Kahane, this disgraceful "event" would not have occurred. Shame on the Met and Shame on those fools who will actually attend this outrage! Mr. Gelb should regret looking at himself each morning in the mirror while he shaves!

  8. Dan Silagi If you believe in something then why would you want to hide your identity. Now you claim it is harassing and intimidating not censorship. Supporting terrorism and anti semitism is OK according to you. By the way when are you coming to tell me all these nice things? I"m waiting.

  9. Lincoln Center and the Met – its jeweled centerpiece now forever tarnished – could not have been brought into existence without the enormous financial generosity of philanthropic Jews. I hope ethical contributors of all faiths and ethnicities will now leave off their current and future funding. What a terrible shame!!!!!!

  10. I saw the opera last night at the Met, opening night. I did not see any romanticization or glorification of terrorism. The murder was shown as a senseless act of violence, and the human tragedy and loss was movingly portrayed. Honestly I do not understand what all the protests were based on. Opera often has murder in it, this is not a support of murder. Carmen gets killed, that is not a glorification of murder. The daughter of Rigoletto gets killed, that is not a glorification of murder. And neither is the Death of Klinghoffer a glorification of murder or terrorism.

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