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Daniel Pearl's Family Stands Against Lincoln Center

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Monday, 22 Sep 2014 10:27 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, say that the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which premieres Monday evening at Lincoln Center, is unacceptable.
 
They stated, “We are outraged at the exploitation of our parents and the coldblooded murder of our father as the centerpiece of a production that appears to us to be anti-Semitic.” 
 
Daniel Pearl’s father, Judea, has sent a note to be read at protests on Monday evening against the play. Mr. Pearl wrote: 

“In joining you today to protest the New York Metropolitan Opera production of this opera, I echo the silenced voice of my son, Daniel Pearl, and the silenced voices of other victims of terror, including James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and including thousands of men, women, and children who were murdered, maimed, or left heartbroken by the new menace of our generation, a menace that the Met has decided to accept and orchestrate as just another activity of normative civilized society, just another phenomenon worthy of artistic expression. They tell us that the composer tried to "understand the hijackers, their motivations, and their grievances.
 
I submit to you that there has never been a crime in human history lacking grievance and motivation. The 9/11 lunatics had profound motivations, and the murderers of my son, Daniel Pearl, had very compelling 'grievances.' In the past few weeks we have seen with our own eyes that Hamas and ISIS have grievances too, and, they, too, are lining up for operatic productions with the Met.
 
Yet civilized society, from the time of our caveman ancestors, has learned to protect itself by codifying right from wrong, separating the holy from the profane, distinguishing that which deserves the sound of orchestras from that which deserves our unconditional revulsion. The Met has smeared this distinction and thus betrayed their contract with society. I submit to you that choreographing an operatic drama around criminal pathology is not an artistic prerogative, but a blatant betrayal of public trust.
 
We do not stage operas for rapists and child molesters, and we do not compose symphonies for penetrating the minds of ISIS executioners. What we are seeing here in New York today is not an artistic expression that challenges the limits of morality, but a moral deformity that challenges the limits of the art. This opera is not about the mentality of deranged terrorists, but about the judgment of our arts directors. The New York Met has squandered humanity's greatest treasure — our moral compass, our sense of right and wrong, and, most sadly, our reverence for music as a noble expression of the human spirit. We might be able someday to forgive the Met for decriminalizing brutal minds, but we will never forgive them for poisoning our music — for turning our best violins and our iconic concert halls into megaphones for excusing evil.”
 
Joining the Klinghoffer family and Daniel Pearl’s family includes the former United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Former New York Governor George Pataki, terror victims, countless Jewish organizations (including the Simon Wiesenthal Center), and a slew of others who will protest outside on Monday.
 
Rabbi Avi Weiss will lead a morning prayer vigil where participants will raise a voice of outrage against this opera which celebrates terrorist murders. They will have a wheelchair to illustrate the plight of Klinghoffer, an American World War II veteran who was killed by terrorists of the Palestine Liberation Front (PFLF). 
 
I live across the street from Lincoln Center. It’s despicable and horrible that Lincoln Center allows this show to go on. Terrorists kill Americans — and that is not art. The Metropolitan Opera is romanticizing murder and terrorism.
 
Ronn Torossian is one of America’s foremost Public Relations executives as founder/CEO of 5WPR, a leading independent PR Agency. The firm was honored as PR Firm of the Year by The American Business Awards, and has been named to the Inc. 500 List. Torossian is author of the best-selling "For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations." For more of Ronn Torossian's reports, Go Here Now.
 

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Leon Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, say that the play “The Death of Klinghoffer,” which premieres Monday evening at Lincoln Center, is unacceptable.
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