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

On Oct. 20 there will be another protest against the Klinghoffer opera at the Metropolitan Opera. A 100 wheelchair caravan.

Speakers at the Sept. 22 rally were, in alphabetical order:

Rabbi Abadie, Rabbi, Edmond J. Safra Synagogue
Rabbi Algaze, Rabbi, Havurat Israel Synagogue, Forest Hills
Richard Allen,
Sgt. Benjamin Anthony, Our Soldiers Speak, Veteran and combat reservist in the IDF, founded organization which brings the proud truth of the soldiers to campuses and communities of the English speaking world
Bruce Blakeman, Congressional Candidate for 4th District NY
DRS High School for Boys Student Speaker – Ari Brandspigel, Student Council President
Ben Brafman, Esq., Criminal Defense Attorney known for representing high profile defendants including celebrities, accused mafia figures and political figures
Dr. Paul Brody, Vice President,  Jewish Political Education Foundation (JPEF)
Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center
Debra Burlingame, sister of Charles Burlingame III, pilot of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon on 9/11, she is the co-founder of Keep America Safe and she is a former flight attendant, lawyer and television producer
Dr. Bill Donahue, Catholic League, Sociologist and Civil Activist
Cong. Eliot Engel (D-NY)
Helen Freedman, AFSI
Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rosh Hamesivta of Rambam Mesivta HS in Lawrence, NY
Beth Gilinsky, executive director of the National Conference of Jewish Affairs
Devorah Halberstam, Ari Halberstam Memorial Fund, son Ari was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge by terrorists on March 1, 1994. Ari was 16 years old.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Brooklyn’s Assembly District 48
Rabbi Kermaier, Rabbi of 5th Avenue Synagogue
Mort Klein, President, ZOA
Congressional Candidate Grant Lally, Republican, Conservative and Libertarian candidate for NY’s 3rd Distrcit
Wendy Lanski, Board Member, Strength to Strength, 9/11 Survivor who was in the North Tower on the 29th Floor
Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President, Emeritus National Council of Young Israel
Tony LoBianco, Actor, Film and Television
Attorney General Michael Mukasey, lawyer, former Judge who served as the 81st Attorney General of the US
Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Founder and President, Proclaiming Justice to the Nations, Christian Activist & Leader
Consolee Nishimwe, Genocide Survivors Support Network, Survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis in Rwanda – she was 14 years old. Her father and 3 brothers were murdered and she endured physical torture but she survived along with her mother and younger sister. She is a speaker and advocate for victims and wrote a book “Tested To The Limit: A Genocide Survivor’s Story of Pain, Resilience and Hope”
Rabbi Joe Potasnik, Rabbi and Radio Show Host – He currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the NY Board of Rabbis
Governor George Pakati
Rambam Student –
Lauri Regan, Heads NY Chapter of Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Rabbi Schwartz, Congregation Oheb Zedek on the Upper West Side
Sarri Singer, Founder & Director, Strength to Strength, Israel Survivor of terrorist attack bus bombing on June 11, 2003
Charles Asher Small, Koret Scholar, Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Director, Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy (ISGAP)
Rabbi Avi Weiss, AMCHA, Rabbi of HIRR, author, lecturer, teacher and activitst
Westchester Hebrew High School Students – Hannah Cohen and Ben Kahn
MK Nissim Ze’ev
Sponsors of the rally, in alphabetical order were:


Advocates for Israel (AFI)
Americans for a Safe Israel (AFSI)
American Friends of Ateret Cohanim/Jerusalem Chai
Americans for Peace and Tolerance
Ari Halberstam Memorial Fund
Catholic League
Citizens Opposed to Propaganda Masquerading as Art (COPMA)
Christians’Israel Public Action Campaign (CIPAC)
Congregation Havurat Yisrael
Congregation Ohab Zedek
Congregation Or Chayim
Congregation Or Zarua
Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of the West Side
DRS Yeshiva High School for Boys
Edmond J. Safra Synagogue
Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET)
Fifth Avenue Synagogue
Genocide Survivors Support Network (GSSN)
Hasbara Fellowships
Human Rights Coalition Against Radical Islam (HRCARI)
International Committee for the Land of Israel
Institute for the Study of Global AntiSemitism and Policy (ISGAP)
Israel Forever Foundation
Israel Independence Fund
Jewish Action Alliance
Jewish Political Education Foundation
Jewish War Veterans of the United States
Kings Country Jewish War Veterans
Lincoln Square Synagogue
Mothers Against Terrorism
National Conference on Jewish Affairs
One Israel Fund
Our Soldiers Speak
Phyllis Chesler Organization
Proclaiming Justice to the Nations (PJTN)
Rambam Mesivta High School
Shalhevet High School for Girls
Shomrei Haam
Simon Wiesenthal Center
SKA High School for Girls
Strength to Strength
The Bridge Project
The International Conference for the Land of Israel
Westchester Hebrew High School
Yiddish Theatrical Alliance
Yiddish Artists & Friends- Actors Club (YAFAC)
Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)


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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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