Four musicians suspended over Israel-Palestine row
|In September 2011, four members of the London Philarmonic Orchestra were suspended for nine months after calling to cancel a concert with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra.
Cellist Sue Sutherley and violinists Tom Eisner, Nancy Elan and Sarah Streatfeild were suspended until June 2012 because the Independent newspaper carried their professional affiliations when it published a letter from them and others, calling on the BBC to cancel a concert with the Israel Philarmonic Orchestra at the Proms on 1 September 2011.
Since the suspensions were announced, there has been a strong backlash from leading musicians, academics and other professionals in the United Kingdom, who seek not only the reinstatement of the four musicians, but also that others working in the arts will be able to express their views freely on matters of general interest — including the Israel-Palestine conflict — without fear of draconian reprisals.
“Music and politics do not mix”
“The company has no wish to end the careers of four talented musicians but … for the LPO, music and politics do not mix.”
They added that the orchestra had no political or religious affiliations and strongly believed in the power of music to bring peace and harmony to the world, not war, terror and discord.
Here is the letter which was published in the Independent newspaper:
Urging for a cultural boycott
Excerpt of statement from Palestinian cultural organisations explaining why they earmarked the Israel Philharmonic as a boycott target. To read the statement, click on link below.
PACBI, Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel – 18 July 2011:
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