London Philharmonic Suspends Musicians for anti-Israel Remarks

“According to The Guardian, musicians sanctioned after they signed a letter condemning the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as an instrument of Israeli propaganda.”

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A report in UK daily The Guardian stated that the London Philharmonic Orchestra has suspended four of its musicians for nine months for adopting its name when they called for the cancellation of an Israeli orchestra’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

According to the Guardian, the orchestra suspended cellist Sue Sutherley, as well as violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild until June 2012, after they signed a letter as members of the LPO condemning the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as an instrument of Israeli propaganda.

The musicians’ statement claimed that “denials of human rights and violations of international law are hidden behind a cultural smokescreen. The IPO is perhaps Israel’s prime asset in this campaign”, and that Israel’s policy toward the Palestinians “fits the UN definition of apartheid.”

The Guardian’s report states that both Orchestra chief executive Tim Walker, as well as chairman Martin Hohmann released a statement regarding the suspensions, which were meant to send a “strong and clear message that their actions will not be tolerated … the orchestra would never restrict the right of its players to express themselves freely, however such expression has to be independent of the LPO itself.”

The statement also said that the Orchestra has no desire to “end the careers” of the musicians, but that “for the LPO, music and politics to not mix.””

The move comes after protestors interrupted a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra on September 1 during an annual BBC Proms concert series.

Several demonstrators in the venue shouted as Zubin Mehta stood to conduct Bruch’s Violin Concerto, while other audience members booed in response to the protest.

Sarah Colborne, director of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which organised protests against the concert, said: “Would the London Philharmonic Orchestra have punished musicians speaking out against apartheid South Africa, when a similar call for boycott was supported by artists, performers and sports people internationally?

“It is staggeringly bad judgment for the LPO to be seen to be attacking musicians who are simply voicing support for human rights and defending the civil right to call for a boycott of institutions which lend strategic support to Israel’s occupation.

“If the LPO really wishes not to appear to be taking sides, and supporting an occupying nation against an occupied people, it must end the ridiculous suspension of these four musicians immediately.”


24 thoughts on “London Philharmonic Suspends Musicians for anti-Israel Remarks

  1. Baghava vita-
    I’m unfamiliar with the exact circumstances of this protest, or of the LP’s history of political activism. I also believe in free speech.I also believe that Zionism is an evil octopus, strangling the freedom of the world.
    However, I think it’s fair for someone to say to me that I can protest something, but not in the name of my employer or some organization I am a member of without permission to use their sponsorship. I also think it’s completely unfair that employees of say, Caterpillar are forced to tacitly endorse the murder of Rachel Corrie to keep their job. What really sucks is that as a US citizen I have to help pay for the murder of Palestinians by Israel or face prison for tax evasion. The US government feels no qualms about extorting my endorsement of them.
    However, just because I’m a victim of Zionist tactics doesn’t mean I have to endorse the opposition using them. Some people just want to listen to music without getting entangled in the Ziomist race war. Again, I am unfamiliar with the exact circumstances of this protest, so I defer to those who are, ultimately. The Zionist media gatekeepers appear to be keeping a lid on this one.


  2. The Zionist state came into being mainly as a consequence of Zionism terrorism and ethnic cleansing, has no right to exist and, more to the point, could have no right to exist unless it is recognized and legitimized by those who are being dispossessed of their land and their rights during the creation of this criminal state.

    In international law only the Palestinians can give Israel the legitimacy it craves and that legitimacy is the only thing the Zionists cannot take from the Palestinians by force.

    Dear lord but they are terrified the world will learn the truth, fools do not see that they are already naked in the eyes of the civilians of our planet.

    As a result, they have tried to brainwash the world and charged its minions to obey … After the cancellation in California last week at a child’s art museum of the art of Palestinian children, one realizes just how desperate. lowdown and dirty these creatures are. Even crayons must be kept out of the hands of children, musical instruments out of the hands of players.

    Every time they pull a stunt like this, more people see them for what they are. Now to get them to see MORE and CARE.

    What goes on in Palestine will eventually be fought in capitals around the world because upon Palestine rests much of our own fate. A litmus test if you will.


  3. If this policy is completely evenhanded, then I agree. I don’t believe non-political organizations should be dragged into politics. However, if at any time ever in its history the LP endorsed any political movement or sentiment as an organization, then the members who were suspended should get reinstated immediately and/or sue.
    In other words, if the LP wouldn’t “play Sun City” to protest apartheid, then the LP has no standing to suspend anybody, in my view.


    1. You are saying by working in an orchestra, musician employees should give up their political rights and right to free (political or otherwise) speech? If they had made a political stand FOR Israel and anti-Arab, esp anti-Muslim, instead of against? There would have been NO problem. They would have all gotten free taxpayer funded trips to Israel and a huge career boost, including solo recording contracts etc.

      Its not political opinions that are at issue, its censorship of THAT political opinion that is at issue. Challenging the Zionist Monopoly over just about all sectors of modern life- media, govt, finance, education, business etc will land you in prison. Just because the modern Zionist Empire operates with intangible, but just as concrete, chains as Soviet Russia, dont be lulled into imagining they doesnt exist. Tap on those chains and you’ll find that noose tighten FAST.


  4. Hero’s come from all parts of life. From Sandoval leaving Cuba to the great protest songs of the Folkies, this is a tradition that these people should be proud of.

    When did freedom of expression become a crime…….

    Damn the LPO…. Lets refuse to support them.


  5. Mass Murder, Concentration Camps for 62 years, and continued uninterrupted terrorism as state policy for concentration camp internees, who used to live in their own homes until some terrorists showed up, and committed terrorism and mass murder, allegeing that their ancestors at one time lived there, which it turns out is in fact not true. But Hey, Mr. Rothschield OWNS the Bank, and built the supreme court building and the knesset building also, so the Plaestinians have to be the Terrorists..;article=138772 = Free Palestine, USE KETTLE DRUMS if necessary to dislodge the talmudic pilpul twaddle from the cranial cavities of all Zionazi Psychophants.


  6. The more Israel tries to silence its critics,
    the more the public realizes that Israel deserves some serious criticism.

    Down with RACIST Israel; civilized people reject the idea of “White Supremacy”, why should the world accept “Jewish Supremacy”? If they are indeed the same as everyone else, then they should be able to handle some criticism.

    But the problem with Zionists is that they don’t see themselves as equal to everyone else—-Zionist orthodox Jews see themselves as BETTER than everyone else! “God’s Chosen People” should be the world’s first clue that Zionists are racist religious fanatics.


  7. I became curious about the basis of the Jewish “claim” to Palestine,
    how they were always crying “God gave it to us”,
    so I read their “claim”.
    Their “claim” to Palestine, in a book THEY wrote,
    is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.
    It is WRONG to compare Israel to the Nazis.
    The CORRECT comparison is the Nazis to the Israelis:
    The Nazis just copied the Jewish “Manual” point by point
    Numbers c.5 v.2-4
    Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
    Exodus c.32 v.27
    Numbers c.11 v.1-2
    Numbers c.16 all
    Numbers c.21 v.5-6
    Numbers v.26 v.10
    KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
    Numbers v25 v.4-8
    Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
    Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
    Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
    Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
    Numbers c.31 all Midianites
    Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
    Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
    Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
    Where are THEIR “holocaust” Memorials!
    Numbers c.21 v.25
    Numbers c.32 v.39
    Numbers c.33 v.53
    (just to name a FEW)
    Numbers c.33 v.31-34
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
    Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
    Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
    Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
    Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
    Nazis SELF-anointed “The GENETICALLY CHOSEN People of God”.

    antiGENTILISM is the cause of so-called “antisemitism”. Humanity did not invent “antisemitism” from thin air, and then wait thousands of years for a Jew to come along so they could “hate” him for absolutely no reason. Jews came along and codified hatred of ALL NON-Jews in their beliefs, as is thoroughly documented elsewhere. Now whenever a NON-Jew acts or speaks in SELF-DEFENSE, the Jews yell “antisemitism”. Jews must “recognize” the Human and Spiritual EQUALITY of all NON-Jews.


  8. Every time I fell bad about living in the Fascist States of American I cheer myself up a little by thinking, “It could be worse, I could be in that stinking Nazi craphole, the UK.”


  9. The four musicians should sue the LPO, and everyone individually involved in their suspension. Just don’t take no for an answer. The truth of Israel’s Apartheid state WILL be known, whether the Zionists want it or not. Shove it down their throats if needed, but strike back with so much force it STUNS them. F@+cking Zionist traitor bitches.


    1. Brilliant work as always by Dr Ezzat.
      Protests against all their performances and boycotts like they feel free to do to others, but when aimed at them is antisemitism and actionable.

      This tribe will have the world in ruins- by outright WW3 over their plagiarized religion and fraudulent claims or in deep fincial chains via their infiltration and suborning of our governments with their illicit financial ‘instruments’.

      Dont believe me or anyone on this- just get their literature, Talmud and media and read for yourself in their own words- centuries of it will prove the consistency and depth of the zionists’ filth and hatred for “the useless cattle; their slaves”; that is- any who are not themselves.


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