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NY opera cancels live screening over anti-Semitic fears

Published on Jun 18, 2014 7:48 AM

NEW YORK (AFP) - New York’s Metropolitan Opera said Tuesday it had scrapped a live cinema broadcast of an American opera inspired by a 1985 Palestinian hijacking over fears that it might fan anti-Semitism.

Avant-garde American composer John Adams wrote the opera “The Death of Klinghoffer” in 1991 and the Met’s new production was first performed in London in 2012 to widespread critical acclaim.

It is based on the Palestine Liberation Front hijacking of an Italian cruise liner, the Achille Lauro, with more than 400 passengers on board in the Mediterranean Sea in October 1985.

The siege ended three days later when one gunman shot dead a 69-year-old wheelchair-bound American Jewish tourist, Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body into the sea.

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