On October 8th 1985, Leon Klinghoffer was on vacation, cruising through the Middle East with his wife, Marilyn. Four hijackers took control of the ship. After being refused permission to dock in Syria, the hijackers murdered Mr. Klinghoffer.
The Death Of Klinghoffer, is an opera based upon the hijacking of the ship and the death of Mr. Klinghoffer.
Have I seen it? No. Have I read a lot about in the press? Yes.
I am all for free speech and art. Free speech is one of the cornerstones of this country’s government. Art is one thing that frees many of us from the doldrums and heartaches of life.
But the question is, is it art or is it hate?
As I have mentioned in previous posts, I do sympathize with the Palestinian people who are caught between a rock and a hard place. But I do not sympathize with those who kill for a political or religious cause or threaten to take away someone’s life because the other individual has a different set of beliefs.
In this current political climate that we live, I believe that a little sensitivity is required. Do I think this opera should been staged? No.
I am all for art, but not this kind of art.