Met cancels worldwide opera broadcast over anti-Semitism fears

June 18, 2014 11:46 AM

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Met cancels worldwide opera broadcast over anti-Semitism fears

The Metropolitan Opera has pulled the plug on its live global broadcast of an opera based on the terrorist murder of Leon Klinghoffer out of fear it could fan a wave of anti-Semitism across the world. The move to cancel the simulcast of “The Death of Klinghoffer” comes in response to pressure from the family of the victim, a Jewish New Yorker murdered by Palestinians during the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship.

Abraham Foxman, director of the Anti-Defamation League, said he talked to the Met on behalf of Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, who see the opera as “sympathetic” to their dad’s killers, according to a statement from the group.

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