Hundreds of protesters at the Metropolitan Opera premiere of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Well known politicians joined hundreds of protesters on October 20 to demonstrate against the Metropolitan Opera work which is claimed glorifies terrorism.

Politicians including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani gathered outside the Metropolitan Opera on Monday to protest the opening of the work that they believe is anti-Semitic and glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Protesters gathered outside of the MET before the opening of the 2014-2015 season, saying John Adams’s opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ is anti-Semitic and shouldn’t be performed this year (photo: wqxr)

American John Adams’ opera ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ depicts the 1985 murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled Jewish passenger on the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, hijacked by four members of the Palestinian Liberation Front. Klinghoffer was shot in his wheelchair and thrown overboard.

Politicians Giuliani, former New York Gov. David Paterson, and Peter King addressed hundreds of protesters at Lincoln Center in midtown Manhattan criticising the Met for presenting such a “distorted work”, the former NY Mayor said.

“If you listen, you will see that the emotional context of the opera truly romanticises the terrorism… and romanticising terrorism has only made it a greater threat”, BBC News reported.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani gives speeches to the protesters (photo: Reuters)

400 hundred people and 100 symbolic wheelchairs at the rally carried sign reading: “The Met Opera glorifies terrorism”.

Protesters chanting: “Shame on the Met!” and carrying signs saying: “The Met glorifies terrorism” before the company’s first performance of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ (photo: news.yahoo)

100 symbolic wheelchairs at the demonstration outside the Met (photo: online.wsj)

“The fact that Klinghoffer grapples with the complexities of an unconscionable real-life act of violence does not mean it should not be performed,” a Met spokesman said Monday. “The rumours and inaccuracies about the opera and its presentation at the Met are part of a campaign to have it suppressed. Klinghoffer is neither anti-Semitic nor does it glorify terrorism. The Met will not bow to this pressure,” The Wall Street Journal reads.

The Met has already cancelled its planned global broadcasts of the opera amid pressure from Jewish groups and allowed Klinghoffer’s daughter to write a statement in the shows’ programme that reads:

“We are strong supporters of the arts and believe that theatre and music can play a critical role in examining and understanding significant world events. ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ does no such thing. It presents false moral equivalencies without context and offers no real insight into the historical reality and the senseless murder of an American Jew. It rationalizes, romanticizes, and legitimizes the terrorist murder of our father.”

“Terrorism cannot be rationalized. It cannot be understood. It can never be tolerated as a vehicle for political expression or grievance. Unfortunately, ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’ does all this, and sullies the memory of a fine, principled, sweet man in the process.”

The opera will run until November 15.