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The League released a statement by Lisa and Ilsa Klinghoffer, the daughters of Leon Klinghoffer, which appears in the playbill of the Met Opera's "The Death of Klinghoffer" premiering this week. ADL also responds to questions about the production and explains why the opera is troubling.
ADL called the non-binding resolution passed by the British Parliament to recognize a Palestinian state a "premature and counterproductive political maneuver" likely to contribute to further delaying the two-state solution. National Director Abraham Foxman said members of parliament who voted in favor "now have sent a message to the Palestinians that they can circumvent negotiations, shelve difficult concessions and ignore Israel altogether."
“There is nothing wrong with presenting competing narratives, which is why The Anti-Defamation League did not call for the production to be canceled. We would have preferred that the moral decision to present the work of art that attempts to justify and create a rationale of something that is irrational. Terrorism is irrational.”
Michael A. Salberg, ADL Director of International Affairs, from an interview with Canadian Public Radio on the Metropolitan Opera’s “The Death of Klighoffer.”
We pause to take stock of the year that has passed, to learn from ourselves, our experiences and our mistakes as we move forward to build a better future. This has been a most difficult year for the Jewish people and particularly for the state of Israel.
The Huffington Post, September 22, 2014
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