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Anti-Semitism Is A Real-life Drama

Living with my French cousin exposed me to the fears of Jews living in France.


In September I went with my school to protest the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at Lincoln Center in New York City. A woman approached me and asked what Klinghoffer had to do with the Met and what our protest was about. I explained to her that in 1985 terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, and shot and killed the wheelchair-bound passenger Leon Klinghoffer. The Met’s fall schedule included an opera that the protestors believed romanticized his murder and glorified terrorism.

Parisian Dan Dray with his sister-in-law, Joanna.

Opera As ‘Teachable Moment’ In Fight Against Anti-Semitism

Staff Writer

There were calls today to use last night’s controversial Metropolitan Opera presentation of “The Death of Klinghoffer” as a teachable moment in the fight against anti-Semitism.

Protesters used wheelchairs to evoke the memory of Leon Klinghoffer. Getty Images

Looking Out For Jewish Interests


The Sept. 26 front-page headline: “Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” should be a wake-up call, unfortunately, late in the game. Why do the “center” and the “left” award the “right” a monopoly on looking out for Jewish interests, speaking out and being proud Jews? 


‘Mainstream’ Response To Met Too Weak

Executive Director

Two articles in your Sept. 26 issue describe the organized efforts of “the right flank of the Jewish community” to stop the Metropolitan Opera presentation of the pro-terrorist opera, “The Death Of Klinghoffer” (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing” and “Operatic Rage At Met Protest”).

Gelb’s Dual Role


Throughout the brouhaha over “The Death of Klinghoffer,” Peter Gelb, the Metropolitan Opera’s general manager, has sought to deflect criticism that the work is anti-Semitic by pointing out that he is himself Jewish (“‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing,” Sept. 26). Now, it seems, Gelb has ratcheted it up a notch by presenting himself not as just a member-in-good-standing of the Jewish community but as an out-and-out defender of the community’s interests. 

Forty Years Of ‘Making History’ At CBST

Manhattan’s gay and lesbian synagogue marks a milestone with new illustrated book.

Culture Editor

In what may be the largest Kol Nidrei service in New York City, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah is expected to host about 4,000 people at the Javits Center on Friday night. These services are free of charge, open to all.

‘Klinghoffer’ Protest Moves Beyond Right Wing

Met Opera’s Gelb stands ground in private meeting with Jewish leaders, warns of backlash against Jews.

Staff Writer

Three days before more than 1,500 demonstrators protested an upcoming opera they consider anti-Semitic, five Jewish leaders, representing a wide swath of the Jewish community, met privately with the general manager of the Metropolitan Opera to implore him to cancel the performance.

A rally protesting the Met Opera's "The Death of Klinghoffer" drew about 1,500-2,000 people. Michael Datikash/JW

High Drama Over ‘Klinghoffer’Opera

Met’s move fuels lofty debate about limits of art.

Staff Writer

John Adams’ contemporary opera, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” has been called “perhaps the most controversial opera of the 20th century.”

Composer John Adams.  Wikimedia Commons

New York Nights: Three Things To See This Week

If you haven't heard the pianist Mitsuko Uchida play, do.  She's performing tonight at Carnegie Hall -- solo works by Schumann, Chopin and Beethoven -- but even if you miss it, check out some of her albums online.

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