Met cancels worldwide opera broadcast over anti-Semitism fears

June 18, 2014 11:46 AM

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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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