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Published on: September 1, 2011 06:36 PM
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London - The BBC says protesters have disrupted a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in one of Britain’s most venerable concert series.

Pro-Palestinian group The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had called for the BBC to cancel the concert and urged people to boycott the event in protest.

The orchestra was due to perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Thursday as part of BBC Proms, an annual summer concert series dating back to 1941.

Shouting and booing erupted just as conductor Zubin Mehta was about to lead the orchestra in Bruch’s violin concerto.

The BBC Proms apologized on Twitter, saying that the concert’s live radio broadcast was taken off the air “as a result of sustained audience disturbance.”


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 Sep 01, 2011 at 06:57 PM Yerachmiel Says:

"an annual summer concert series dating back to 1941."

Completely wrong! The first Promenade Concert was given in the summer of 1895 at the (now defunct) Queens Hall which was bombed in 1941.

Since then the annual series of Promenade Concerts has been held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Clearly no one checked the story at the AP before it was put on the wire!

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 06:54 PM אל תפחד להשתמש במוח שלך Says:

Who were the protestors? "palestinian" arabs, Israel-hating English gentiles or a bunch of Naturei Karta Klux Klan members?

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 07:16 PM Boris Bengenya Says:

The 'genteel' Englishmen have gotten a free pass for way too long over their anti-Semitism. Mike Savage played a tape yesterday of Tony Blair's sister in law who coverted to Islam, visciously attacking Israel in the most vile manner. We are on to you England.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 07:32 PM Hershl Says:

The protesters were Arabs, British and foreign muslims and leftists anti-semites.

None of them were arrested.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 07:38 PM shtill Says:

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אל תפחד להשתמש במוח שלך Says:

Who were the protestors? "palestinian" arabs, Israel-hating English gentiles or a bunch of Naturei Karta Klux Klan members?

And some decent people expressing their solidarity with a people who have been wronged.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 07:43 PM rebchuna Says:

The bbc are the ones wjo create all the anti israel atmosphere

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 08:26 PM Yerachmiel Says:

Reply to #3  
Boris Bengenya Says:

The 'genteel' Englishmen have gotten a free pass for way too long over their anti-Semitism. Mike Savage played a tape yesterday of Tony Blair's sister in law who coverted to Islam, visciously attacking Israel in the most vile manner. We are on to you England.

Oh, puhlease! Keep your saber rattling tactics for showing off in front of your buddies in the kiddush club.

Over here, on this side of the ocean, the Brits are more than capable of dealing with this without any input from yet another gung-ho, superannuated shul-based smart alec.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 08:38 PM Anonymous Says:

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shtill Says:

And some decent people expressing their solidarity with a people who have been wronged.

“ And some decent people expressing their solidarity with a people who have been wronged. ”

So, there were some people protesting on behalf of Israel? I didn't think so ... perhaps there WERE a few נטורי קרתא insanoids there, after all. How did you like the music??????

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 09:03 PM esther Says:

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shtill Says:

And some decent people expressing their solidarity with a people who have been wronged.

i didn't think nk's knew how to use the internet.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 09:13 PM Chaim Says:

England is not safe for Jews. Jews living there should get out while they can, before radical Islam and WASP anti-Semitism lead to violence.

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 10:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Don't people know you're not allowed to criticize the State of Israel? Ir's an issur deoraisa! You can criticize any country but never the Medina!!

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 Sep 01, 2011 at 11:26 PM clear-thinker Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Don't people know you're not allowed to criticize the State of Israel? Ir's an issur deoraisa! You can criticize any country but never the Medina!!

You certainly have no problem criticizing the Medina. You, of course, see no difference in criticism and hooliganism.
Would you be as forgiving if a pro-Israeli group would disrupt a performance by an Arab orchestra? If a boycott doesn't work, disrupt.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 03:55 AM mott Says:

#12 at least nobody over here ever tried to ban bris milah. Don';t kids yourself, America is still golus.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 12:38 AM charliehall Says:

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Chaim Says:

England is not safe for Jews. Jews living there should get out while they can, before radical Islam and WASP anti-Semitism lead to violence.

I was there in June and personally saw no evidence of anti-Semitism.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 02:50 AM Yerachmiel Says:

Reply to #10  
Chaim Says:

England is not safe for Jews. Jews living there should get out while they can, before radical Islam and WASP anti-Semitism lead to violence.

Yeah, right. As if there is no anti-Semitism in the goldeneh medineh called America. You are all living in a regular gan Eden in New York, New Jersey and all the rest of the 50 states.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 01:14 AM shtill Says:

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clear-thinker Says:

You certainly have no problem criticizing the Medina. You, of course, see no difference in criticism and hooliganism.
Would you be as forgiving if a pro-Israeli group would disrupt a performance by an Arab orchestra? If a boycott doesn't work, disrupt.

So your saying the medina was created from minute to the next pretending there was no hooliganism from the zionists only "criticism". The fact is, the medina's history aint that rosy. They are guilty of plenty of hooliganism (and terror).

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 03:14 AM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #10  
Chaim Says:

England is not safe for Jews. Jews living there should get out while they can, before radical Islam and WASP anti-Semitism lead to violence.

Hey hey ehey, if you don't know don't talk, england beats america anytime over america as being a MALCHUS SHEL CHESEDn I'm an american living in england, we live door to door, a shul next to (lehavdil) a mosque, and there is peace and harmony, of course when the israelis stick their noses all over the place some idiots will go and do some diturbance, and since when do we believe in all what the media says?

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 08:21 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #17  
shtill Says:

So your saying the medina was created from minute to the next pretending there was no hooliganism from the zionists only "criticism". The fact is, the medina's history aint that rosy. They are guilty of plenty of hooliganism (and terror).

It is clear what I am saying. You are criticizing the medina. That is your right even if I don't agree with you. Disrupting a concert is something else. Boycotting Jews because of where they live is something else. Thinking the enemy of Israel is your friend is ridiculous. I would like you to follow your name and be quiet, however you have the right to talk and think you are making points. What you don't have the right to do is interrupt someone else's peaceful gathering. This is true if you are Arab or Jew. NK or sane.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 08:35 AM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #18  
alterknaker Says:

Hey hey ehey, if you don't know don't talk, england beats america anytime over america as being a MALCHUS SHEL CHESEDn I'm an american living in england, we live door to door, a shul next to (lehavdil) a mosque, and there is peace and harmony, of course when the israelis stick their noses all over the place some idiots will go and do some diturbance, and since when do we believe in all what the media says?

I am glad you are happy where you live. I have always enjoyed visiting Britain, especially Manchester where my uncle lived. Still, you live in a fool's paradise. Blaming Israelis for problems with anti-semites is foolish. They were anti semites before and remain now. The Arab newspapers attack Israelis by attacking Jews. When you see a cartoon showing an Israeli as a hook-nosed, money grubbing, child killer dressed as a chossid, you are seeing anti-semitism, not just anti-Israeli feelings.How do the "anti-Zionists" view Yidden in England? Left or right, Muslim or not. If you fail to realize this you don't understand your enemy.

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 09:48 AM ChachoMoe Says:

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clear-thinker Says:

It is clear what I am saying. You are criticizing the medina. That is your right even if I don't agree with you. Disrupting a concert is something else. Boycotting Jews because of where they live is something else. Thinking the enemy of Israel is your friend is ridiculous. I would like you to follow your name and be quiet, however you have the right to talk and think you are making points. What you don't have the right to do is interrupt someone else's peaceful gathering. This is true if you are Arab or Jew. NK or sane.

Well said, Clear! You took the words out of my mouth...absolutely! there is a huge difference when you attack and criticize the government of Israel, but when you start attacking the civilians just for being "Israelis" or Jews that is clearly taking it to a complete diff level, i.e. anti-semitism. had it been the other way around; ppl banning a Muslim band or anyone performing affiliated with any country like a iran syria, etc. you wouldn't hear the end of it! every leftist media outlet would have been on its case..you can only imagine..

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 Sep 02, 2011 at 04:17 PM ShmuelG Says:

England has been a sick country for a long time now. And, it's getting sicker.

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