On September 19, 2014, officials of the Zionist Organization of America sent a letter to the New York Times criticizing the anti-Semitic anti-Israel opera “Death of Klinghoffer.” This followed an article appearing in the Times the previous day, which tried to analogize “Klinghoffer” to “Othello.”
As of now, the New York Times has still not printed ZOA’s letter. Instead the Times printed another article today, making the same flawed “Othello” analogy.
Here is the letter that the New York Times failed to print —
To the Editor [of the New York Times]:
“Death of Klinghoffer” director Tom Morris disingenuously asserts that saying that “Klinghoffer” condones murder is “the equivalent of saying that Othello . . . is an opera that tells people to kill their wives.” (Met’s Operatic Army Mobilizes, 9/18)
In fact, “Death of Klinghoffer” does condone murder, by presenting (false) purported “justifications” for Palestinian terrorists’ execution of an innocent American Jew. “Klinghoffer” composer John Adams states on a Met Opera video: “there have to be reasons why [the terrorists] did this act.” The opera falsely paints Israelis as “supplanters” who brutally dispossessed indigenous Arabs in 1948. In fact, invading Arab nations and the Arab High Committee urged Arabs to move to safe areas while they attacked Israel’s Jews.
“Klinghoffer”‘s Palestinian terrorists sing that they are “men of ideals.” None of the Arab terrorists regret their heinous cold-blooded act. Othello, by contrast, is so stricken with remorse over his crime of passion that he commits suicide. Othello clearly states that murder is wrong; “Klinghoffer” says that murdering American Jews is justified.
Morton A. Klein, President, Zionist Organization of America (ZOA)
Elizabeth Berney, Esq., Director of Special Projects, ZOA