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Protesters Picket Met Opera, Claim Anti-Semitism

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Roughly a dozen people picketed outside the Metropolitan Opera Monday night, angry with an upcoming production they say is anti-Semitic.

The groups Americans for a Safe Israel and JCC Watch want the opera to pull the performance of "The Death of Leon Klinghoffer."

The Met agreed to cancel only the live simulcast of the show—saying it would be inappropriate at a time of rising anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe.

The opera tells the story of the 1985 Achille Lauro cruise ship hijacking by Palestinian Liberation Organization terrorists.

The hijackers shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled New York Jew.

The opera was first performed in Belgium and later New York more than two decades ago.

Klinghoffer's daughters have been critical of the show, but have not called for its cancellation.

That's what the demonstrators want.

"Just the title of the opera: 'The Death of Klinghoffer.' He just died? No, he was murdered," said one protester.

"We don't believe that, especially in these times where there's such danger from terrorism, that an opera that glorifies terrorism and that tries to understand the motives behind terrorism is something that should be shown," said another activist.

The met's general manager says quote: “In deference to the daughters of Leon and Marilyn Klinghoffer, the Met has agreed to include a message from them both in the Met’s Playbill and on its website."

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