Just in: Dutch run scared of Jerusalem Quartet

Just in: Dutch run scared of Jerusalem Quartet

The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam has called off two concerts this week by the Israeli string quartet ‘due to announced demonstrations, and recent developments surrounding protests in Amsterdam.’

The hall said it has ‘a duty guarantee the safety of our employees, visitors and musicians.’

The concerts were due to take place on Thursday and Saturday.

There has been an instant response from the Dutch Jewish community: ‘It is with total disbelief that the Central Jewish Consultation has learned that the Concertgebouw has decided to cancel the concert from the Jerusalem Quartet that was planned in the Concertgebouw for May 16 and 18. Your actions have given new meaning to the word ‘cancel culture.’

The quartet’s cellist Kyril Zlotnikov calls the Concertgebouw’s decision ‘Capitulation to bullying and terrorism.’

Last Thursday, the Jerusalem Quartet gave a sold-out concert without incident at London’s Wigmore Hall.

Why are the Dutch so timid?

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