At center, Alan Opie, in wheelchair, and Michaela Martens. When the arts play with contemporary history, they play with fire. Much of the language is retrospective in gaze and melancholy in tone. Adams and Ms.
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Email Lincoln Center. Photo: wiki commons. The murder of Leon Klinghoffer, the year-old wheel-chair bound man shot in the head by a Palestinian terrorist before his body was thrown from the Achille Lauro cruise liner into the Mediterranean, is a familiar horror story in the annals of anti-Semitism.
But it also raises freedom of speech issues that deserve scrutiny. The author of the controversial libretto, Alice Goodman, has revealed her bursting pride at her despicable creation. So moral equivalency between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli responses to Palestinian terrorism triumphed once again.
July 4th marks the 40th anniversary of the rescue of Israeli hostages at Entebbe. Today we are surrounded by international terrorism Israel laid all to waste. The anguished final words belong to Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, daughters of the murdered victim of Palestinian terror. The opera rationalizes, romanticizes and legitimizes the terrorist murder of our father. Those who gathered in protest outside Lincoln Center, many in wheelchairs to dramatize their presence, had every right to do so — as did the Met in presenting the performance, despicably anti-Semitic though the Goodman libretto is.
For better and worse, that is what freedom of speech is all about. And yet: having taught its history for forty years to Wellesley College students, I am familiar with the confounding clash of competing claims and contradictions that it poses.
For some as for College administrators political correctness was decisive; no one should endure insults, or even comment, for their racial, religious or gendered identity. Jews, however, were exempt. For others, pornography that exploited the female body for the pleasure of voyeuristic males was beyond the First Amendment pale.
I shared my own decision to relinquish membership in the American Civil Liberties Union when it defended the right of neo-Nazis to parade through Skokie, the Chicago suburb that was home to many Holocaust survivors and their relatives. In certain circumstances, we learned together, there are values that may be even more important to defend than freedom of expression.
My own preferred solution would have been for all ticket holders to absent themselves, confronting performers and Alice Goodman with the consequences of their despicable anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in an empty concert hall. Jerold S. Auerbach is a frequent contributor to The Algemeiner.
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Photograph: Tristram Kenton If all the media uproar about opera last week was to be believed, you could hardly venture forth into the auditorium without wearing a bullet-proof vest or declaring a taste for red-knicker satin, sluttish nymphettes and king-sized perverted cats, though not all at the same time or in the same place. Who would have predicted that two polar-opposite operas could have provoked such paradoxical responses? Genuine anxiety hovered over the first night. Protests seemed inevitable. Instead there was one man, one placard outside.
An Opera Under Fire
Among his close friends was Jack Kirby , who went on to become a major figure in the history of comic books. The couple had two daughters. Klinghoffer suffered two strokes later in his life that left him in a wheelchair. In , he joined the Army Air Corps and was trained as a navigator. Leon Klinghoffer, After World War II waiting for passage to Canada and Israel After his honorable discharge from the army in January , Klinghoffer and his brother Albert took over the store and began to invent appliances.
The Death of Klinghoffer
Email Lincoln Center. Photo: wiki commons. The murder of Leon Klinghoffer, the year-old wheel-chair bound man shot in the head by a Palestinian terrorist before his body was thrown from the Achille Lauro cruise liner into the Mediterranean, is a familiar horror story in the annals of anti-Semitism. But it also raises freedom of speech issues that deserve scrutiny.