One of the four string players suspended by the London Philharmonic Orchestra for demanding a ban on the Israel Philharmonic is launching a case for discrimination against her orchestra. Sarah Streatfield claims she has suffered prejudice as a consequence of her beliefs. She is represented by Bindman’s Solicitors, a firm associated with pro-Palestinian causes*.
Meanwhile, a pro-Israel group of lawyers, led by Jonathan Turner, has written to the commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, asking him to prosecute those who disrupted the Israel Philharmonic concert at the Proms.
Both actions are unnecessary. The LPO management has been slack in not reinstating the players by now and has damaged its reputation for competence. On the pro-Israel side, there is no point other than counter-propaganda to purse the offenders of last summer’s melee. The whole issue should have been long buried and forgotten by now.
*The Guardian graciously refers to me as ‘a pro-Israel writer and broadcaster’. I’m not sure what they are trying to imply. I am pro-Israel as I am pro-France. I love and have links with both countries. What I think of their governments and policies is altogether another matter. The Guardian’s shorthand is efficient but potentially misleading.