According to Playbill, The Metropolitan Opera has canceled its scheduled talk for “The Death of Klinghoffer”, the play about 69-year-old New Yorker Leon Klinghoffer, who was killed by terrorists of the Palestine Liberation Front (PFLF). The event was slated to have featured directors and stars of the production, which premiers later this month.
In an e-mail obtained by Arutz Sheva, the Met wrote, “We regret to inform you that, because of a scheduling conflict, the MetTalk for The Death of Klinghoffer, planned for October 15, has had to be cancelled. There are four additional MetTalks throughout the season. For a full schedule, visit metopera.org/mettalks. We appreciate your understanding. Thank you, The Metropolitan Opera.”
October 20 will mark the first night “The Death of Klinghoffer” will be aired, and Rabbi Avi Weiss and a group of Rabbinical leaders will hold a fast and vigil across from the Met beginning at noon in memory of Leon Klinghoffer’s soul, being desecrated by the opera.
A group of elected officials and dignitaries will lead a 5:00 p.m. protest, where confirmed participants include Congressman Peter King, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis.
A few weeks ago, at the gala opening of the Metropolitan opera season, a protest was held where speakers included George Pataki, New York’s former Governor, Michael Mukasey, the former Attorney General of the United States, Morton Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, Debra Burlingame (the sister of Charles “Chic” Burlingame III, the pilot of the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon on 9/11), and others.
Ronn Torossian, a spokesman for the coalition of organizations protesting the show, said, “We will continue to raise a voice of moral consciousness against this blasphemy.”