Is­raeli-Arab event in UK can­celled

The Jewish Chronicle - - News - BY MAR­CUS DYSCH

A LON­DON NET­WORK­ING evening for Arab and Jewish busi­ness leaders has been can­celled af­ter its Pales­tinian host­ess was pres­sured into pulling out by her friends and rel­a­tives.

Plans for the pri­vate home re­cep­tion, due to be held on Novem­ber 5, had been at an ad­vanced stage.

The Arab-Jewish En­sem­ble, also known as Sheshbesh, is part of the Is­raeli Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra’s ed­u­ca­tional depart­ment. It had been booked to per­form at the event.

But the uniden­ti­fied woman con­tacted or­gan­is­ers last week to say she had to can­cel af­ter be­ing told by Pales­tinian friends and fam­ily that she should not host Is­raelis and Jews in her home.

Yossi Arn­heim, IPO’s lead flautist, said he was “very dis­ap­pointed” that the event had been called off.

“In Is­rael if you want to do some­thing with Pales­tini­ans you can do it, but if you are in the Pales­tinian com­mu­nity, even in Lon­don, pres­sure is put on you not to do it. I want to be­lieve there are peo­ple on the Pales­tinian side who want to have nor­mal re­la­tions with Jews and Is­raelis. There are, but they are pres­sured not to. We want to sup­port the mes­sage that it is pos­si­ble to do things to­gether.”

Mr Arn­heim’s group, which pro­motes co-ex­is­tence, is vis­it­ing Bri­tain to per­form three con­certs, in­clud­ing one for UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon.

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