The conductor Daniel Barenboim’s efforts to lead the Berlin Staatskapelle at a concert in Tehran drew criticism from the Israeli culture minister, who called the performance “anti-Israel”, and a rebuff from Iranian officials, who said that they would block the concert because of Mr. Barenboim’s Israeli citizenship.
A spokesman for Iran’s Culture Ministry was quoted by the Fars news agency as saying that officials there had decided against the concert because Mr Barenboim is Israeli.
On Wednesday 26 August 2015, Israel’s culture minister Miri Regev denounced the concert and said that she would urge German officials to cancel it. Ms Regev, a right-wing member of the Likud faction, accused Mr Barenboim, who has had an Israeli passport since 1952, of “using culture as a platform for his political views against the state of Israel.”
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