Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt on April 16, 2009

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🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 1 Apr 13-15, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 2 Apr 17-20, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 3A Apr 20-28, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 3B Apr 30 – May 13, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 3C May 13-20, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 3D May 20 – Jun 3, 2009
🙂 Barenboim’s First Visit to Egypt: Part 3E Jun 3-8, 2009

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🙂 Egyptian CM Farouk Hosni during Barenboim’s Cairo-Scandal

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PARTICIPANTS in BARENBOIM-SCANDAL

1. National Democratic Party or Wikipedia: NDP: President Hosni Mubarak is the party chairman.

2. Ministry of Culture (Arabic only) or Farouk Hosny or Wikipedia: Farouk Hosni: Cultural Minister since 1987

3. Amr Moussa: A Secretary-General of Arab League, who refused an invitation to attend from Egypt’s culture minister to express his act of protest. (JIWON: When will his Arab League offer English page as well as contact information?)

4. Wafd Party (Arabic Only) or Wikipedia: (New) Wafd Party: A nationalist liberal party in Egypt. One of the main opposition parties. Mahmoud Abaza is the party chairman.

5-1. AlWafd (Arabic Only) or Wikipedia: AlWafd – Daily: A daily newspaper published by the Wafd (‘Delegation’) party in Cairo, Egypt. As the house organ of the liberal-democratic neo-Wafd party, the paper is considered an opposition paper, although both party and paper have oscillated between support and opposition for the regime.
5-2. Amyad Mustafa: A famous music critic, who accused Barenboim for cultural normalization activity!!!
5-3. Mohammed Amin: Deputy Editor, who is worrying about situation in Egypt. “If Barenboim is here on a Spanish passport as he says, then, perhaps, it’s no problem”

6-1. Almasry Alyoum or Wikipedia: Almasry Alyoum: A daily, privately-owned newspaper since 2005. (…) The paper initially circulated primarily amongst Cairo’s intellectual elite, providing objective news coverage in the belief that good news would beat sensationalist reporting found in other Egyptian print media. After 2 years, Al-Misri al-Yawm was challenging al-Ahram for the status of national paper of record. (…) Al-Masry al-Yom, was successful because it responded to the Egyptian media market as a whole and not a single political party, like typical Egyptian opposition papers, and was unafraid to take on hard-hitting topics, like governmental news outlets. Further, it harnessed the energy of young journalists, giving them incentives to produce good work. (…) The current editor in chief is Magdy Al Galad.
6-2. Samir Farid: A famed journalist, who barely(?) recalled Barenboim’s Palestinian passport… ^.* (Is this guy that famous Wikipedia: Film Critic Samir Farid, BTW?)
6-3. Salah Diab: A board member. “I am against normalization with Israel, as it is the enemy of Arabs and Palestinians, and nobody is happy about what is happening to our brethren in Gaza. Such incidents are absolutely unacceptable,”

7-1. Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) or ISN: ACPSS : Since 1968. Dr Abdel Moneim Said is Director. An independent research organization whose original focus on Zionism and Israeli society has broadened to include developmental issues of the international system. ACPSS undertakes multidisciplinary research dealing with regional and global developments as well as Egyptian strategic, political, economic and social affairs.
7-2. Nabil Abdel Fattah: Political analyst, who said Barenboim’s concert marks “a change in Hosni’s policy — which opposed normalization with Israel.”

8-1. Daily News Egypt or Wikipedia: Daily News Egypt: The only independent English language daily in Egypt. It is affiliated with the International Herald Tribune.
8-2. David Stanford: Journalist, who interviewed Barenboim. (Is this guy an Egyptian? I don’t think so…)
8-3. Yasmine Saleh: Journalist, who reported Nabil Abdel Fattah’s analysis.

9. MUSICIANS, ARTISTS & FANS who have praised Barenboim’s art and expressed their happiness ‘that the Egyptian audience will have the opportunity to listen to his music.’

9-1. Cairo Symphony Orchestra welcomed Barenboim with ‘full of curiosity, full of goodwill’. Three Heads of Opera House, Abdel-Moneim Kamel (President) & good CAMI (Adviser to President Kamel) & Dr. Inas Abdel Daim (Manager) introduced Barenboim into the Egyptian World of Opera. I can’t understand Arabic article about ‘good CAMI’, though… *.*)

9-2. Wikipedia: Pianist Ramzi Yassa (b. 1948) or Facebook: Ramzi Yassa: A teacher at Paris’ École Normale, who said he was glad Barenboim has finally visited Cairo. “As an Egyptian, I’m glad he’s in Egypt for the first time. As a musician, I’m also very glad that an Egyptian audience will have an opportunity to listen to him as a conductor, as a pianist and to meet him as a person, as a bridge builder with his music.”

9-3. Composer Omar Khairat (b. 1949) or Wikipedia: Omar Khairat or Fan-Club: Omar Khairat or Facebook1: Omar Khairat or Facebook2: Omar Khairat: A composer, whose uncle, Composer Abu Bakr Khairat, founded the Egyptian Conservatory. He praised Barenboim’s art and expressed his happiness. (JIWON: Please check his Photo-No.1 in Omar Khairat. You’re gonna SMILE!!! Then… oops, I thought Elvis was there. Contact: info@omarkhairat.com ; )

9-4. Al-Ahram Weekly: Tenor Hassan Kami: An opera singer and consultant to the head of the Cairo Opera House, who greeted Barenboim during a press conference, praised Barenboim’s art and said, “The Cairo Opera House is a cultural, not a political venue.”

9-5. Fine Art Sector (CM): Samir Fouad (b. 1944) or Picasso Art Gallery: Samir Fouad: A famous painter, who was among the crowd saying they did not appreciate mixing politics with music. “As a musical concert it was excellent. I wanted the show to be just about music and that would have conveyed the message. His presence and his music should have been sufficient.”

9-6. Omar Sharif: A Screen Legend, who said those who criticize Barenboim are ‘idiotic’

9-7. Yasmin El Rifae: A graduate advisor of CIMUN (Cairo International Model United Nations) at the American University in Cairo (AUC) on Mar 8, 2007. He is among those who believe that Barenboim is first and foremost a musician and that his nationality – Israeli, Spanish and Argentinean – makes no difference. “He’s here to conduct an orchestra. I don’t see how his nationality is relevant.”

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BARENBOIM, CAIRO OPERA HOUSE & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE during the SCANDAL
(JIWON: What does it mean when FOLKS report that Barenboim had to cancel Mozart’s Opera, Figaro?)

http://www.cairoopera.org/ecalendar/index.aspx
April 10, 2009: Jerusalem the Arab Cultural Capital for 2009
April 14-18, 2009: Opera “Le Nozze di Figaro” in Arabic conducted by Nader Abbassi
April 16, 2009: Cairo Symphony Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim

PROGRAM:
1. Three solo piano pieces (Beethoven’s Pathetique piano sonata among them.)
2. Beethoven’s Symphony No 5 with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra

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ANSWERS from EGYPY ^.*
(JIWON: I am still waiting for an OFFICIAL answer from Facebook: Mahmoud (Mohammad) Saad. Since his Al Kawakeb Magazine, doesn’t offer internet service, why doesn’t he write in Al Wafd: Arts & Stars? I can check this site daily if it could contribute to Barenboim’s SECOND visit to Egypt. ^.*)

(Updated on APRIL 20, 2009)
AMAZING… I KEEP RECEIVING ARTICLES… THEN,
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🙂 From Barenboim in Egyptian Media
🙂 Barenboim in Al-Ahram Weekly Newspaper
🙂 Barenboim in Almasry-Alyoum Newspapaer
🙂 Barenboim in Al-Wafd Newspaper
🙂 Barenboim in Daily News Egypt

(Returned to original date on APRIL 17, 2009)
http://www.alwafd.org/list.aspx?cat=6 (Arts and Stars)
http://www.alwafd.org/details.aspx?nid=18377 Apr 18, 2009 / By Al Wafd (Google-Translation)
Mohamed Saad ‮ ‬ talking by telephone to Amr Abdul Jalil
In ‮ “‬ Mslslaty ‮” ‬ screen Nayel ‮ ‬ drama in today’s episode of the program ‮ “‬ Mslslaty ‮” ‬ in ‮ ‬ 10 ‮ ‬ evening on the Nile Drama ‮ ‬ artist Mohamed Saad speaking by telephone and asked the guest artist workshop, Amr Abdel – cooperation with the Galilee in the latest movie ‮ ‬, ‮ ‬ seminar he had provided me ‮ ‬ Abul Gheit and allow Abdul Rahman, Abdul Aziz, supervision of Nahla ‮.
(JIWON: Dear Mr. Saad, could you please write your Barenboim-article in this newspaper? I can’t read Arabic, but if you allow me to find Barenboim’s photo written by your name, it won’t be difficult for me. I can check your answer almost-daily until Barenboim’s NEXT visit to Egypt. See ya ^.*)

http://www.alwafd.org/list.aspx?cat=6 (Arts and Stars)
http://www.alwafd.org/details.aspx?nid=18128 Apr 16, 2009 / By Al Wafd, Amyad Mustafa (Google-Translation)
Israelis more than the Israeli
Officials at the opera with a ‮ ‬ ‮ »‬ Daniel ‮« ‬ theaters to watch
(JIWON: Thanks!)

Sharif says those who criticize Barenboim are ‘idiotic’ Apr 14, 2009 / By Daily News Egypt, Joseph Fahim
A symphony of goodwill Apr 17, 2009 / By Daily News Egypt, David Stanford

Israeli Musician Kicks off Visit in Cairo and Says He’s Proud of His Palestinian Citizenship and Edward Said Apr 16, 2009 / By AlMasry Alyoum, Wafaa Bakry and Mohsen Mahmoud

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WORDS from BARENBOIM

Israeli Conductor Downplays “Normalization” Rumor in Cairo Apr 16, 2009 / By Crienglish (China)
(…) Barenboim, who made a foray into the Cairo Opera House with three piano solos and the immortal Symphony No. 5 of Beethoven, is the first Israeli musician that has performed in Egypt after the 22-day Gaza war. (…) “I grow up in Israel… every day, I wake up and I see the Palestinian territories are still being occupied,” said Barenboim, whose remarks were applauded by a 1000-strong audience. “Normalization, which means from abnormal to normal… is not a positive word,” he added. (…) The hosts, though confident about the conductor selected, chose not to take chances. The security around the House was beefed up and a 16-page brochure of the concert did not mention the Jewish state once.

Barenboim gets ovation in Cairo Apr 16, 2009 / By BBC
(…) As well as conducting the orchestra, Mr Barenboim played Beethoven’s Pathetique piano sonata. (…) “For 60 years they have been trying with force and they haven’t solved anything,” he said during rehearsals for the concert. “Every military victory of Israel has left it politically weaker.” “I hope very much that this, my first visit to Egypt, will maybe allow another way of thinking to come,” he added. (…) The Secretary-General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, refused an invitation to attend from the Egyptian culture minister. (…) The conductor, a former child prodigy pianist who moved to Israel from his native Argentina at the age of nine, said on Wednesday that he had always been curious about life in Arab countries. He said too few Israelis were curious about their neighbours, and that the ignorance went both ways. “To put all Israelis in one basket and say we boycott, we don’t want anything to do with them, anyone who goes there is an enemy, this is no good,” he said in Cairo. “It would be much better that Egyptians, and Syrians, and Palestinians, and Jordanians, and Lebanese, will go to Tel Aviv, and explain their point of view.” (…)

Barenboim urges Arabs to visit Israel Apr 15, 2009 / By AFP
CAIRO (AFP) — Israeli-Argentinian Conductor Daniel Barenboim on Wednesday called on Arabs to visit Israel, urging them not to put all Israelis “in one basket”.
“If I can be allowed one small word of criticism, in general, about the Arab world, is that (the tendency) is to put all Israelis in one basket and say, we boycott, we don’t want anything to do with them, anybody who goes there is an enemy,” he said in Cairo.
“It would be much better that Egyptians, and Syrians, and Palestinians, and Jordanians, and Lebanese, will go to Tel-Aviv, and explain their point of view, and express their point of view,” he told a news conference a day before his orchestra is due to perform in the Arab world’s most populous country.
Barenboim, who holds an honorary Palestinian Authority passport, founded a joint Arab and Israeli orchestra, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, to promote goodwill in the region.
Many Egyptian artists have welcomed Barenboim, who has been critical of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians, but some have argued against hosting an Israeli musician.
Although Egypt signed a peace deal with Israel in 1979, the Egyptian public has not warmed to Israel, largely because of its policy toward Palestinians.
Barenboim urged Arabs to visit Israel “not only to know the Israeli society better, it’s to be able to make their point clear to Israeli society (…), what they feel”.
He also criticised Israel’s policies, saying “there is no military solution.
“The different Israeli governments … have not really understood that the real security of Israel which they talk so much about, can only come through the acceptance of all the neighbours of Israel, starting with the Palestinian people,” he said.
Barenboim was invited to perform in Egypt by the Austrian embassy.

Exclusive interview with Daniel Barenboim Apr 12, 2009 / By Daily News Egypt, David Stanford

CAIRO: In an exclusive telephone interview with Daily News Egypt from his home in Germany, Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim attempted to correct one of the key assumptions of his critics in Egypt.
“I’m not representing the Israeli government. I’m coming [to Egypt] as a private person who has been very critical of the Israeli government on many occasions,” he said.
Few classical musicians of modern times have provoked such controversy through their work and political views as Barenboim, one of the most prominent musicians of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
In his highly controversial first visit to Egypt, Barenboim will conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 at the Cairo Opera House on April 16. He is also due to perform a number of piano pieces himself, though these are yet to be announced.

Barenboim’s upcoming musical venture in Cairo is causing a stir because of the mere fact of an Israeli citizen being allowed to play on Egyptian soil. Some have condemned the performance as a form of forced normalization.
One of the more vocal critics is prominent television presenter Mahmoud Saad, who urged “every journalist in Egypt not to allow this to happen.” Other journalists have shared the view that the planned concert is a form of “normalization by stealth.”

Barenboim’s response to his critics has been characteristically delicate and low-key. “This is not about normalization in terms of accepting the existing conditions. It’s more to do with dialogue, with opening up to hear what the other side is saying,” he said.

Born in Argentina to Jewish parents, Barenboim moved to Israel as a child and still holds Israeli citizenship. He is also the proud holder of a Palestinian Authority passport, granted to him at a ceremony in the West Bank in 2008 in recognition of his ongoing support for the Palestinian cause.
He has been the butt of scathing verbal assaults from the Israeli establishment for his criticism of the government’s treatment of the Palestinian people, and is a firm opponent of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza.
He also has made enemies among Israeli conservatives for his choices of musical repertoire, venues and colleagues.

Barenboim’s upcoming performance, though, has landed him in hot water not with his Israeli compatriots, but with outspoken members of the Egyptian establishment.
The issue of artistic cooperation between Egyptian and Israeli artists has been a topic of furious debate over the years. But as Barenboim points out, the planned concert is the result of moves by the Austrian and Spanish embassies in Cairo, with zero input from the Israeli authorities.
Among the supporters of the event is Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni, who has adopted the line that such acts of cultural cooperation have the power to foster dialogue between like-minded sections of society on either side of the border. It is an idea that fuels much of Barenboim’s work.

“This is not a political project; it is a project of humanity, and it stems from the idea that these two peoples, the Israeli’s and Palestinians, are so linked that they are blessed or cursed to live together,” said Barenboim.
“I understand those who are upset by the issues in Palestine, and upset by the policies of the Israeli government. But this is precisely why it’s important now to demonstrate that there are Israelis who are critical of their own government’s policies. It’s also important for the views of Egyptians to be heard in Israel,” he said.

This is not the first time that the musician has attempted to perform in Egypt. In January of this year, Barenboim planned to bring the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to Cairo for a concert in solidarity with the besieged residents of Gaza. However, it was cancelled due to concerns for the safety of the Israeli musicians in the orchestra.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is composed of a mix of musicians from Israel and the Arab region, and was founded jointly with the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said.
Barenboim does not shy of voicing his concerns over the Israel-Palestine issue, however — aside from asserting the futility of military action — he is reluctant to propose a political resolution to the conflict.
“This is not the time to be deciding on whether to have a one-state or a two-state solution. The first point has to be to recognize each other’s right to live there,” he said.
“It’s not a conflict between two nations. It’s between two peoples who are both convinced that they have the right to live on the same piece of land. The solution has to be that they both accept each other’s desire to live on the same land. If you have an enemy, you have to understand how that enemy thinks and feels.
“First of all, the Palestinians must be given the dignity and independence that has been their right for so many years, but which has been denied.”

Barenboim began his career as a pianist in 1950 at the tender age of seven. He has recorded several complete cycles of the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bartok and Johannes Brahms, among others.
He took up conducting and has led many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras, and then went on to work as musical director for the likes of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin State Opera. He also boasts a cabinet full of honorary degrees and prizes, among them six Grammys.
As might be expected, Barenboim’s commitment to his humanitarian ideals has earned him not a few enemies among both Jews and Arabs, which he admits has put a strain on his personal life. Yet, as he ventures into another storm of controversy, his enthusiasm seems undimmed.
“I’ve received a great deal of appreciation from Palestinians and also from Israeli’s, but also a lot of criticism. Since I’ve been criticized and praised by both sides, I must have been doing something right,” he said.
Catch Edward Barenboim in concert this Thursday at the Cairo Opera House’s Main Hall, 8 pm.

Barenboim to conduct in Egypt for first time Apr 10, 2009 / By Silverscorpio (?)
Berlin – Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim is to perform in Egypt for the first time next week, the foundation he jointly heads said on Friday. Barenboim will conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra at a concert in the Egyptian capital’s Opera House on April 16, the foundation said.
Supported by Austria and Spain, the concert is part of the conductor’s efforts to promote dialogue in the Middle East. On the programme are piano solos and Beethoven’s
5th Symphony.
Barenboim, musical director at the Berlin State Opera, said he wanted to draw attention to the “obstruction of the Palestinian Culture Festival in Jerusalem” by Israeli officials.
The recent arrest of 20 festival workers was “a sign of fear” of cultural expression by the Palestinians and showed the Israeli government as “an enemy of culture,” said the conductor, who was born in Argentina and has a Palestinian passport as well as Israeli citizenship.
Jerusalem has been chosen Arab Capital of Culture for 2009.

A dialogue of cultures was always possible said Barenboim, pointing to the West-East Divan Orchestra he founded with Palestinian literature expert Edward Said. The orchestra is made up of young Arab and Israeli musicians.
Barenboim said he wanted to send a signal of solidarity against injustice.(dpa)

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WORDS from EGYPTIAN MUSICIANS/ARTISTS
(JIWON: WOW! I dropped my jaw the moment I started my research on the names, which appeared in this Barenboim-article. How come Barenboim has NEVER heard of those great musicians from Egypt?)

Barenboim Performs in First Cairo Concert, Criticizes Israel Apr 17, 2009 / By Bloomberg, Alaa Shahine
(…) “I went to school in Israel, yes,” he told the audience in a short speech after the concert late yesterday. “I grew up in Israel, yes. I got some not-so-bad education in Israel, yes, including the musical education that you appreciated tonight. But ladies and gentleman, I am sick to my stomach every morning when I wake up and I see the Palestinian territories still being occupied,” Barenboim said to rapturous applause.
(…) The conductor’s critics “can go to hell,” one person in the audience shouted after the concert. Some celebrities attending the concert also dismissed the media attacks.
‘Stupid People’
“I think there are stupid people everywhere in the world,” Golden Globe-winner actor Omar al-Sharif said in an interview. “I haven’t been to any country in my life where they weren’t stupid people.” “It’s ignorance, you know,” he added.
Some people in the crowd, such as Egyptian painter Samir Fouad, said they did not appreciate mixing politics with music. “As a musical concert it was excellent,” he said in an interview. “I wanted the show to be just about music and that would have conveyed the message. His presence and his music should have been sufficient.”

Israeli conductor speaks peace, music in Cairo (News Feature) Apr 15, 2009 / By Monsters and Critics (Located in Indianapolis/USA & Scotland/UK), Ibtessam Fawzi
Cairo – After about a week of heated debate about his upcoming concert in Cairo, famous international conductor Daniel Barenboim tried to tone down a controversy tying his visit with Egypt’s relationship with Israel by saying on Wednesday he had entered the with his Spanish passport.
The news of a concert in Cairo Opera House affiliated with Egypt’s Ministry of Culture by the Argentina-born Barenboim, who carries an Israeli passport, had stirred a debate by those who oppose normalization with Israel.
Despite a 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, and the nations’ political and economic cooperation, many Egyptians still oppose normalization with Israel and boycott any cultural cooperation between the two states.
‘I do not represent any government,’ Barenboim told a press conference in the Egyptian capital. ‘I do not even represent the Austrian embassy who organized this event.’
Supported by Austria and Spain, Barenboim will lead the Cairo Symphony Orchestra Thursday, as part of his efforts to use music in promoting dialogue in the Middle East.
(…)
Barenboim’s pro-Palestinian views are also probably why his visit was largely welcomed by many Egyptian musicians and intellectuals.
Several well-known Egyptian musicians, including pianist Ramzi Yassa, composer Omar Khairat and opera singer Hassan Kami have praised Barenboim’s art and expressed their happiness ‘that the Egyptian audience will have the opportunity to listen to his music.’
‘The Cairo Opera House is a cultural, not a political venue,’ said Kami during the press conference. (…)

Israeli conductor Barenboim in Egypt for 1st show Apr 15, 2009 / By The Associated Press, JASON KEYSER
CAIRO (AP) — Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will lead the Cairo Symphony Orchestra Thursday in his first performance in Egypt, bringing his campaign to bridge divides through music to the heart of the Arab world for the first time.
He will conduct the orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and play several piano solos at the Cairo Opera House.
(…)
Barenboim is believed to be the first prominent Israeli musician to perform in Egypt, said Hossam Maffar, an adviser to Egypt’s culture minister.
Barenboim called his visit — only his second to an Arab country after a 2003 trip to Morocco — an important moment in his life. The Argentinian-born conductor moved to Israel at age 9. He has said that since then, he has always been curious about life in neighboring Arab countries and saddened by how many Israelis do not share that curiosity.
That “ignorance” also exists on the Arab side, he said.
“To put all Israelis in one basket and say we boycott, we don’t want anything to do with them, anyone who goes there is an enemy, this is no good,” he told a packed news conference in Cairo on Wednesday.
Describing his rehearsal with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra earlier in the day, Barenboim said he encountered musicians “full of curiosity, full of goodwill.”
(…)
Egypt’s culture minister backed the visit, the result of an invitation from the Austrian Embassy.
“The maestro is known to be against Israeli aggression and is among the moderates and peace-loving people and is for the Palestinian cause,” said the minister, Farouk Hosni.
Acclaimed Egyptian pianist Ramzi Yassa also said he was glad Barenboim has finally visited Cairo.
“As an Egyptian, I’m glad he’s in Egypt for the first time,” Yassa said. “As a musician, I’m also very glad that an Egyptian audience will have an opportunity to listen to him as a conductor, as a pianist and to meet him as a person, as a bridge builder with his music.”

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PALESTINIAN BARENBOIM in ISRAEL

Barenboim breaks the barrier Apr 20, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post, Joseph Mayton\The Median Line
Israeli conductor Barenboim in Egypt for 1st show Apr 15, 2009 / By Jerusalem Post, The Associated Press
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(JIWON: How come there is absolutely ZERO talkbackers here? This newspaper used to honor Bibi’s followers and therefore Barenboim-haters, who used to curse Barenboim on whatsoever issues. Now that all those Jewish Crying Babies suddenly disappeared after my announcement to post their proud, very-Jewish opinions… I’m damn curious. How many Israelis have heard of my computer work? *.* We’ll see how many Brave Jews post their usual comments: “Dear Danny, Go-To-Hell!” ^.*)

Israeli conductor Barenboim gets Egyptian ovation Apr 17, 2009 / By Haaretz, The Associated Press
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Israeli conductor Barenboim to perform in Egypt for first time Apr 15, 2009 / By Haaretz, The Associated Press
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1. G_d bless him 22:27 / Mordechai – 15/04/09 2. Barenboim is a true humanist 22:46 / Ed 3. More than just music… 22:53 / Maureen Ann
4. Strings for Freedom orchestra 23:28 / George Jochnowitz
5. Bravo Barenboim, Well said Mordechai #1 23:59 / Reuben
6. A true worker for peace and justice 00:27 / Janice – 16/04/09
7. Barenboim 01:30 / Elizabeth – 16/04/09
8. Barenboim in Egypt 04:50 / James

Israeli conductor’s Egypt visit causes stir Apr 14, 2009 / By Ynetnews
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1. who cares what this Palaestinian does? / israeli , israel (04.14.09)
2. Barenboim’s visits to Israel cause stirs too. – Barenboim, a close friend of the late Edward Said, sometimes seems more Palestinian than he is Israeli. I seem to recall he was given an honorary Palestinian “passport” on a recent visit. One would think the Egyptians would embrace such a guy. / Raymond in DC, Washington, USA (04.14.09)
3. Which Passport? – Which passport will Barenboim use passing the Egyptian immigration authorities? 1. Argentinian? 2. Israeli? 3. Spanish? 4. Palestinian? / Inyaki, Bilbao, Basque (04.14.09)
4. Barenboim – Barenboim carries a Palestinian passport, German passport and when he has no choice an Israeli passport. He is a deciple of Edward Saiid an extreme Palestinian radical. Barenboim did not protest when a Palestinian orchestra from Ramallah was who played in Israel was dissolved. Barenboim was born Jewish and was an Israeli by spirit for the early part of his life. Now he is an anti Israel radical. Nothing less. / I. Barr, USA (04.14.09)
5. Poor Daniel Can’t Win– Damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. Unpopular for his views in Israel and now Egypt. Maybe politics should be kept seperate from music. / Lawrence, Safed Israel (04.14.09)
6. Don’t worry Egyptians, this guy does not represent Israel – So you don’t need to feel like a visist from Barenboim is a “normalization” with Israel. In fact, Barenboim is a most worthy disciple of Arafat. As such, he should feel completely at home in Cairo. / Jake (04.14.09)
7. So Barenboim is a Balestinian now? – It rhymes well with his name and fits his bolitical obinions LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! / Genuine Toseft , Tveria (04.15.09)
8. A Reminder – Peace treaties with Arab countries rely on the largesse of the current head honcho–once that particular ruler disappears the political future of these states is up for grabs—-the EU knows this, as does Washington—all that the West wants is peace on their watch–without any real notion of what follows. / leo, nyc (04.15.09)
9. The only way for him to be loved is to convert to Islam / Ron, LA (04.16.09)

Tel Aviv Not Happy With Jewish Pianist Barenboim Playing at the Egyptian Opera Apr 20, 2009 / By Mohamed Aboud and Fatheya Al-Dakhakhni
Yisrael Hume newspaper yesterday said the Israeli officials have boycotted the concert of the Israeli pianist Daniel Barenboim in Cairo, in line with the Israeli position that rejects the nomination of Farouk Hosni for UNESCO Secretary-General.
“We are very angry at Barenboim giving a concert aimed at increasing Hosni’s opportunities,” said sources with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, pointing out that Hosni gave statements that were hostile to Israel, notably his promise to parliament that he would burn any Hebrew books that may be found in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Barenboim, who does not live in Israel, is severely attacked by the Israeli press for his anti-occupation position that calls for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State.
Limor Livnat, the former Israeli education minister, accused him of anti-Semitism.
For his part, Hossam Nassar, Advisor to the Minister of Culture, said the concert has nothing to do with Hosni’s nomination.
JIWON: How come the Egyptian Almasry Alyoum (Mar 9, 2009) is the only place where I can find information about the Jewish newpaper, ‘Yisrael Hume’? O.o*~

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Barenboim cerrará con música por la paz el 60 aniversario de la Declaración de los DD.HH. Dec 12, 2008 / By Soitu (Spain)
Barenboim will close with music for peace the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of human rights
La vicepresidenta De la Vega aboga por preservar la Declaración de los Derechos Humanos Dec 16, 2008 / By Soitu (Spain)
(Spanish) Vice President De la Vega calls for preserving the Declaration of Human Rights

Barenboim ofrece polémico concierto en El Cairo Apr 16, 2009 / By El Universal (Spain)
(…) The pianist and appeared before an audience wearing their best clothes on and he was among the many people who appeared to foreigners living in Cairo. As special assistants were the foreign minister of Spain, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who today ended an official visit to Israel and who was accompanied by the Egyptian Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni.
(…) Barenboim was presented on stage by the Egyptian actor Omar Sharif, one of the most recognized figures in their country and who often act as master of ceremonies for an international cultural events that take place in the capital. Sharif said he felt “very proud and very honored” to introduce Barenboim said, recalling his tolerant spirit that comes from the same land that the footballer Diego Armando Maradona. “If everyone was like him, there would be no wars in the world,” added the actor. If you were the strong applause that rewards Omar Sharif was the biggest ovation he received when Barenboim was presented to the scene of the Cairo Opera House, one of the most beautiful buildings of modern architecture of the Egyptian capital, and today was brim.
Barenboim conducted with enthusiasm to the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1959 and brought to the Cairo that had to be proud of it. Each and every member of the orchestra when he was greeted by Barenboim ended interpretation.

Israeli conductor Barenboim gets ovation in Egypt Apr 16, 2009 / By The Associated Press, Jason Keyser
CAIRO (AP) — Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim stirred a sold out Cairo Opera House Thursday with a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, drawing ovations in his first visit to Egypt. (…) In one act of protest, the secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, refused an invitation to attend from Egypt’s culture minister. (…) Egypt’s culture minister, Farouk Hosni, backed the visit, the result of an invitation from the Austrian Embassy. The minister, who is campaigning to become the next head of UNESCO, also used the occasion to demonstrate a willingness to have dealings with Israel as chief of the U.N. cultural body. “The maestro is known to be against Israeli aggression and is among the moderates and peace-loving people and is for the Palestinian cause,” Hosni said.

Barenboim dirigiert erstmals in Kairo Apr 10, 2009 / By Kleinezeitung (Austria)
Barenboim asegura que actúa en Egipto como músico y no con carácter politico Apr 15, 2009 / By Soitu (Spain)
Barenboim causa controversia en el Cairo Apr 7, 2009 / By El Universal (Mexico)
Un concierto de Daniel Barenboim provoca sentimientos encontrados en Egipto Apr 7, 2009 / By Yahoo (Spain), Jorge Fuentelsaz
Un concierto de Daniel Barenboim provoca sentimientos encontrados en Egipto Apr 7, 2009 / By Soitu (Spain), Jorge Fuentelsaz
Barenboim caused controversy in Cairo
The discussion has exceeded the limits of the artistic and entered fully into the political arena to challenge the Ministry of Culture and the normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel
EFE / El Universal / El Cairo Martes 07 de abril de 2009
07:42 A concert by the orchestra director of Argentinean origin Israeli Daniel Barenboim, scheduled for next April 16 in Cairo, has unleashed a bitter debate between opponents and defenders of the interpreter.
The discussion, which erupted last April 4 in the liberal daily Al Wafd, has surpassed the limits of the artistic and entered fully into the political arena to challenge the Ministry of Culture and the normalization of relations between Egypt and Israel, which signed peace in 1979.
The Spanish embassy in Cairo, which is involved in organizing this event along with the Austrian diplomatic mission, has to step out of the criticism by defending the figure of this Israeli artist born in Buenos Aires in 1942.
The Spanish cultural counselor in Egypt, Ramón Blecua, Efe said today that the action is that Barenboim is a great performer and the message of dialogue and understanding “which has always been identified.
From the pages of the newspaper Al Wafd, Mustafa Amyad writer launched late last week against criticism Baremboim sidewalks.
Mustafa accused the musician of attempting to “brainwash” of young Egyptians engaged in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by the artist alongside the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said in 1999.
He said that the Egyptian Culture Minister, Farouk Hosni, has organized this concert with the intention that Israel withdraw its opposition to his candidacy for the presidency of the UNESCO.
The performance of Barenboim in Egypt to head the National Symphony Orchestra “is a mockery of the Ministry of Culture result of a policy that takes into account the feelings of the people,” Mustafa says in his article.
Despite having signed the peace for three decades, relations between Egypt and Israel remain cold, and a sample of this is that the Egyptian authorities in March prevented any official commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the peace agreement.
Cultural advisor for the Spanish, the criticism against the Israeli interpretation “is a kind of automatic reflex that has to do with the prejudices of a certain sector of the intellectual and political circles who do not know the path Barenboim.
However, the criticism thrown at the conclusion of this concert have forced the Egyptian Culture Minister to respond to its detractors.
In a statement published in several national media, Hosni Barenboim drew the support of the peace efforts and the Palestinian question, and even reminded some critics of the artist to Israeli policies.
Alongside the minister, have also raised their voices heated defenders of this director who received the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord next to Edward Said in 2002. Since the independent daily Al Masry Yom, Samir Farid recalled that in 2008 the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) awarded to the artist, the Palestinian passport. Farid noted in his article tolerance and defense of Israeli director of peace and urged the Egyptian people of the arts, sciences and literature “who believe in peace and justice” to come to the teacher.
The controversy has only just begun when there was still more than a week to the Opera House hosts the first performance of Barenboim in Egypt, considering that some will continue as a contribution to peace and dialogue among peoples and others continue seeing an unnecessary provocation.
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Barenboim Will Perform in Egypt April 8, 2009 / By New York Times, Dave Itzkoff
Daniel Barenboim, below, is scheduled to give his long-awaited first performance in Egypt at the Cairo Opera House on April 16, the Austrian Embassy in Cairo said. Mr. Barenboim, the conductor and pianist, had planned to make his Egyptian debut in January as part of a world tour with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, the Arab-Israeli group he founded with the writer Edward Said. But that concert was canceled out of concern for the performers’ safety because of fighting in Gaza. The Austrian Embassy said that at the April 16 concert, an initiative of the former Austrian foreign minister Ursula Plassnik, Mr. Barenboim would play piano pieces and conduct the Cairo Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. An advocate of Palestinian rights, he announced last year that he had accepted honorary Palestinian citizenship.

Barenboim ira bien au Caire Apr 6, 2009 / By QOBUZ, Par Marc Zisman
Barenboim will be fine in Cairo
(…) The concert of the famous chef, committed to peace in the Middle East, was held by Austria, with the support of Spain, announced the Austrian Embassy in Cairo. “Our hope is that a large audience came to hear the Egyptian peace-loving man”, told AFP the Cultural Counselor of the Embassy, Clemens Mantl. “We are negotiating for a long time, it is only a first step.”
A controversy immediately erupted in Egypt, a famous music critic, Amjad Moustapha, claiming it was “a sly normalization” with Israel, has challenged the Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni. (…)

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Israeli musical conductor’s visit to Cairo stirs controversy Apr 8, 2009 / By Afrique en ligne
(…) The activists argue that Egypt should uphold its anti-cultural normalization policy with the Jewish state, and this includes the outspoken Barenboim. (…) The Argentinian-born conductor’s visit to Cairo was confirmed by the ministry of culture, who said that the concert was not a change in their policy of normalization with the Jewish State. “This conductor has attacked Israeli policies and there has even been a request to have him stripped of his citizenship,” officials told reporters. There is growing number of outspoken critics of normalization with Israel, although the two countries signed a peace deal in 1979. Barenboim himself has sparked the ire of many Israelis over his statements against the Jewish state’s policies in Gaza and the West Bank. Some have even called for his Israeli citizenship to be revoked. (…)

Israeli conductor’s Egypt visit causes stir Apr 6, 2009 / By Weyak (Arab Emirates)

Israeli conductor’s Egypt visit causes stir Apr 06, 2009 / By Middle East Times (Washington)
CAIRO (AFP) Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will hold a concert in Egypt on April 16, two months after a first appearance was cancelled due to the Gaza conflict, angering those who oppose normalisation with Israel. The Argentinian-born conductor was due to give a concert in January, but it was cancelled due to Israel’s deadly 22-day military onslaught of Gaza that ended on January 18. The concert, Barenboim’s first in Egypt, has ruffled feathers in intellectual circles, with music critic Amgad Mustafa describing the visit as “sneaky normalisation” with Israel. But Egypt’s culture minister was quick to defend Barenboim’s visit. “This conductor has attacked Israeli policies and there has even been a request to have him stripped of his citizenship,” Faruq Hosni told AFP. The minister has himself said he opposed cultural normalisation with the Jewish State despite a 1979 peace deal between Egypt and Israel. Barenboim, 66, has been vocal in his opposition to Israeli policies in Gaza and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank. In 1999, he founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said who died in 2003. In 2008, Barenboim was given honorary Palestinian citizenship.
© 2009 Agence France-Presse

🙂 From Barenboim in Egyptian Media > Barenboim in Daily News Egypt
Hosni making strides towards UNESCO bid Apr 7, 2009 / By Daily News Egypt, Yasmine Saleh

🙂 From Barenboim in Egyptian Media > Barenboim in Al-Wafd Newspaper
The health of defenders – Israeli conductor: – Barenboim – promotes normalization of Islam and is accused of being retarded Apr ?, 2009 / By Al Wafd, Amyad Mustafa (Google-Translation)

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Egyptian culture minister: I would burn Israeli books myself Mar 14, 2008 / By Itamar Eichner
Israel files official complaint with Egypt over Farouk Hosni’s remarks, may thwart his appointment as UNESCO secretary-general

CM FAROUK HOSNI as UNESCO Director-General
Egypt Nominates Farouk Hosni as UNESCO Director-General Mar 6, 2009 / By Almasry Alyoum, Abul So’oud Mohamed
Egypt Nominates Farouk Hosni as UNESCO Director-General Mar 6, 2009 / By Almasry Alyoum, Abul So’oud Mohamed
On the sidelines of the opening of Cairo International Film Festival yesterday 28/11/2007, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) granted Culture Minister Farouk Hosni the Gold Medal of Fellini, the highest medal of the UNESCO in the field of culture, in an appreciation for Hosni’s long contributions to promoting culture in Egypt and the role he played at the international level in this respect. For his part, the minister regarded the step as a great honor which came on time. Hosni is seeking to win the post of the UNESCO director general in the vote scheduled for 2009.

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