Multiple organizations have joined TruthRevolt in calling for the cancellation of the anti-Semitic and anti-American opera The Death of Klinghoffer. Stand With Us, the Zionist Organization of America and the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America all activated their support groups to challenge the production.
"We are appalled that The Metropolitan Opera has chosen to perform John Adams' “The Death of Klinghoffer” and, worse, to simulcast it at 2,000 theaters in 66 countries where it can reach hundreds of thousands of people with its bigoted messages," wrote StandWithUS CEO Roz Rothstein. She added:
The opera justifies terrorism by romanticizing the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the Achilles Lauro cruise ship in 1985 and murdered the wheel-chair bound Jewish man, Leon Klinghoffer. It distorts the history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and is marked by anti-Israel propaganda, misinformation, and anti-Semitic canards that are never challenged in the libretto. This is not simply a "thought-provoking work on a controversial topic" any more than a work would be that sympathetically portrays and/or justifies those who lynched an African-American.
Mort Klein of the Zionist Organization of America shared a similar sentiment: "This anti-Semitic opera viciously falsifies history to malign and incite hatred against Israel and the Jewish people. The opera is a disgrace and should be canceled immediately."
"If an opera attempted to justify the lynching or murder of an innocent black, gay or Hispanic man with false stories about blacks, gay people or Hispanics, the Met would never dream of staging such a racist or bigoted opera. Maligned Jews deserve the same consideration that the Met would give to any other group. The Death of Klinghoffer is pure anti-Semitism," wrote Klein.
CAMERA noted, "This would provide an opera termed anti-Israel and antisemitic by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, among others, a potential audience of hundreds of thousands. The work, which premiered in 1989 and previously has been seen in the United Kingdom, United States and elsewhere, was inspired—spawned would be a better term—by the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking. Terrorists from the Palestine Liberation Front, a faction of Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization, murdered Leon Klinghoffer, a wheel-chair bound American Jew, and dumped his body overboard. The opera does not just present a false moral equivalence between Klinghoffer and his murderers, it romanticizes Palestinian terrorists and the false narrative that Palestinian Arabs are driven to such “resistance” because the Jews stole their land."