A PROTEST Rally was led by the Coalition Against Kinghoffer Opera outside the Metropolitan Opera
Opening Night of the Metropolitan Season. September 22, 2014 – NYC –
The Metropolitan’s Season will include this Anti-American, Anti-Jewish, Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist SNUFF Opera, ” The MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer”
Thousands came out to protest the Snuff opera. They gathered on both sides of the Avenue and managed to have a presence on the Plaza as well.
Even though attempts were made to confine the massive gathering to one location across from the opera…the protest peacefully but with determination spread out ( before, during AND AFTER)
The Official Protest ended at 6 PM. but many stayed on with signs and flyers to greet those attending the Opening Night of the opera season.
Demanding this Snuff Opera be removed from the season.
Important questions were asked of the media as well, “WHO is FUNDING this Terrorist Opera?”
There were many speakers. Please watch them all in the 3-part videos below. (Videographer, Pamela Hall)
Part 1 Video [Please watch videos in HD for best quality]
Speakers listed in order: Introductory remarks, Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, David Weprin, Laurie Cardoza-Moore, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, NYPD Detective Steven McDonald and Debra Burlingame.
Part 2 – Video
Speakers listed in order: Tony LoBianco, Richard Allen, Bill Donohue, Bruce Blakeman, Sarri Springer,Wendy Laski, Consolee Nishemwe, Dr. Paul Brody reading a letter from Judea Pearl, Former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey and Congressman Eliot Engel.
Part 3 – Video
Speakers listed in order: Rabbi Avi Weiss, Dov Hikind, 3 students:Hannah Cohen, Ben Kahn, Ari Brandspigel (student council president DRS Yeshiva H.S.), Gov, George Pataki, Charles Asher Small, Rabbi Steven Burg (Simon Wiesenthal Center), Rabbi Zev Freidman, Richard Allen, MK Nissim Ze’ev, Mort Klein, Devorah Halberstam, Beth Gilinsky and Helen Freedman.
There are two side shows of pictures. First slideshow is the Speakers-
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Second slideshow is the crowd and also a few pictures across the avenue in the Lincoln Center Plaza-
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Wrapping up with a few more observations on the protest.
First from Lori Lowenthal Marcus at the Jewish Press here
And finally, from writer, Jack Kemp:
Leon Klinghoffer was born a poor Jew from the Lower East Side, a man who invented an electric mini-grill you could also wash in your sink, an early predecessor of the current George Forman Grill. I recall one of these mini-grills in my home as a child in the 1950s. From this, Mr. Klinghoffer was able to create jobs for a number of people in manufacturing and sales and to support his family.
“John Adams can work his clunky, chunky music to his heart’s content. And so I suppose can Alice Goodman work her poetry. Ms. Goodman was born a Jew. She is now an Anglican priest, serving the Church of England, first as chaplain at Trinity College, Cambridge, latterly at a group of parishes near the university. The truth is that it is not Mr. Adams’ music that is at the core of the controversy. It is Ms. Goodman’s words. She is no free spirit in this church, which has been fighting with the Jewish nation and the British Jewish community for decades. ”
Join the Coalition on October 20. Opening night of the actual opera: “The Death MURDER of Leon Klinghoffer”