From the Jewish Journal, a bunch of totally misguided moms and dads.
Women in Black will demonstrate against the appearance of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Los Angeles Feb. 5 and 6, after the group’s demand that the performances be cancelled was rejected….
Initially, Women in Black sent a letter to the Israel Philharmonic last October, asking its members to publicly oppose “Israeli apartheid.”
Receiving no response, the group’s spokeswoman, Carol Smith, sent a letter to the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s president Deborah Borda and music director Esa-Pekka Salonen, demanding cancellation of the two concerts.
Borda rejected the demand, writing that “We will never support the silencing of artists from any culture as a means of political action,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
As part of its 70th anniversary celebration, the Israel Philharmonic was scheduled to perform Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 in New York’s Carnegie Hall and Feb. 4 in San Francisco’s Davies Symphony Hall, followed by the Los Angeles concerts.
Zubin Mehta and Lorin Maazel will alternate as conductors throughout the American tour.