Israel Philharmonic: a farewell summarymain
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra ends its European tour tonight in Verona, before returning home for the Jewish New Year.
The only disruption to its concerts was in London. Other pro-Pal actions promised elsewhere failed to materialise. In Spain, Queen Sofia attended their concert (pic’d here with Zubin Mehta).
What can we conclude? Not much, except that London now has the best organised anti-Israel mob in Europe (possibly excepting Oslo) along with the most receptive left-wing media for encouraging concert disruptions. Last week, Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian warned that the London Philharmonic, which suspended four players for anti-Israel statements, ‘will have only itself to blame’ if its concerts are ‘disrupted by protests’.
The Guardian is effectively inciting further attacks on live orchestral concerts, is it not?