Barenboim gets guards after threats
Right-wingers threaten bigwig conductor, a fellow Jew.
In an incident that has passed without notice in the U.S. press, notable conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim now has bodyguards to protect him in his own country of Israel.
Barenboim (read his blog) was a pal of the late Columbia professor Edward Said, and the two forged a political link to work toward some sort of end to the Palestinian/Israeli death dance.
This is a story that you should be reading in the New York Times. But you'll have go to Haaretz, which reports:
Since Said's death, Barenboim has continued to push, push, push. Last January, the Israeli citizen also took Palestinian citizenship, which outraged Israel's right-wing Jews. As Haaretz reported at the time:
Showing that he remains familiar with U.S. politics, the honored Carnegie Hall performer also noted at the time George W. Bush's belated peace talk:
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