Join Adalah-NY to protest the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s performance

Press Release

October 25, 2017, New York, NY - Forty-five New York human rights advocates protested outside a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) at Carnegie Hall this Wednesday evening.The IPO is a self-proclaimed cultural ambassador representing the state of Israel, helping to convey a positive image of Israel and divert attention from its human rights abuses, as part of the “Brand Israel” initiative.

Standing fifty feet from Carnegie Hall’s entrance, the protesters held signs, chanted and sang to tunes played by a radical marching band, capturing the attention of attendees and passersby. A small group of protesters from the anti-Arab hate group the Jewish Defense League came out to show support for the IPO, waving Israeli flags and displaying a sign that said “Level Gaza,” in keeping with Israel’s violent, militaristic policies.

The Orchestra is not an apolitical cultural institution. At this evening’s protest, Thai classical musician Sainatee Suárez said, “Let’s not pretend that music is a single, universal language (it is not) that magically generates rainbow bridges surpassing social and political and economic entanglements --- rather, let's directly confront the Israeli state's violent project of appropriation and erasure using the IPO as its instrument.”


The IPO is not an apolitical cultural institution. It serves as a cultural ambassador for the state of Israel, playing a public role in the official Israeli propaganda campaign, Brand Israel, which uses art and music to distract attention from Israel's human rights abuses and ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. The Orchestra proclaims that it represents the State of Israel across the world.

The October 25th performance is part of the IPO’s upcoming tour of the US and Canada.  Protests will also be held in other cities.

We are responding to the call from Palestinian civil society to boycott cultural institutions that are complicit in Israel’s systematic repression of the Palestinian people, living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as unequal citizens in Israel, or as refugees denied their right of return to their homeland.

Join us as we let the IPO know that apartheid is out of tune

Musical accompaniment for the protest will be provided by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra.

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Event Location: 

Carnegie Hall
881 7th Ave. (57th St)
New York , NY

Event Date: 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm


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