|Leonard Bernstein conducting the Palestine Symphony Orchestra in 1948|
The inestimable Ray Cook, not one in his blogs to fume lightly, is fuming over the report, which, he notes,
“is saying that those who call themselves Palestinians today are somehow connected with the Palestinians of 1948 and before. It suggests that this orchestra is a reincarnation of that pre-1948 Jewish orchestra. Of course, it is not. It is a new thing. The old Palestine Orchestra still exists, it was just renamed.”Continues Mr Cook:
“Does the writer know this? Surely he/she must. Does the editor who let it published know all this? Surely he/she does.
It’s as if Israel has been airbrushed out. It’s as if in the minds of the BBC news editors this version of Palestine, the one that wishes to destroy Israel, is somehow a legitimate heir to the one which ‘disappeared’ in 1948. It’s as if this new orchestra replaces that old one.
This whole article is a subtle example of the way Israel is delegitimised and how the putative ‘Palestine’ is legitimised.
It’s a kind of coup de theatre. It’s historical illiteracy.
But that’s not all.”Read the whole of Ray Cook’s hard-hitting post here: