Will the boycott of Wagner go on forever?
The question is whether Israelis seek to confront their complicated past or wrap themselves forever in a yellow Star of David, as if this had the power to protect them from a debate.
With the precision of a Swiss clock, the controversy over Richard Wagner flares up in Israel once every decade. This time it arose over the self-censorship at the Israeli Opera and Tel Aviv University. Dread of demonstrations by Holocaust victims and the fear that donors will close their purses have made these two institutions turn their backs on key values - artistic freedom, freedom of thought and freedom of...
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