Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim takes Palestinian citizenship

0 Posted by - January 14, 2008 - Blog, Sound

The world-renowned Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim is now a Palestinian citizen. He accepted honourary citizenship in what he hopes will serve as a public gesture of peace. If only more classical celebrities had such chutzpah. From the CBC:

“I hope that my new status will be an example of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence,” said Barenboim, who received a passport at the end of a Saturday night concert he played in Ramallah in the West Bank.

Ramallah is a town that Barenboim has visited often, promoting contact between young Arab and Israeli musicians.

“I believe that the destinies of … the Israeli people and the Palestinian people are inextricably linked,” said Barenboim, who is also music director at the La Scala opera house in Milan, Italy.

Previously on Art Threat:
Zionists censor Rachel Corrie play in Toronto.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons.)

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