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Daniel Barenboim and Mariam Said issue joint statement on Israel and Palestine conflict

Posted at 1:41 PM on July 23, 2014 by Jay Gabler
Filed under: In the media

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The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said as a youth ensemble uniting musicians from countries across the Middle East and Europe, aiming to promote intercultural understanding. Via Facebook, Barenboim and Said's widow Mariam have issued a joint statement on current events in Israel and Palestine.

"We are deeply saddened and concerned by the news reaching us from Israel/Palestine and share the worries of our members. During these trying times, we must stress the importance of the art of listening. Listening skills are learnt and perfected by playing in the orchestra. We must remember how important it is to apply what we learn on stage to other aspects of our lives as well. To quote Schopenhauer, 'Nothing will bring us back to the path of justice so readily as the mental picture of the trouble, grief, and lamentation of the loser.' In this conflict, both sides are losers. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a community that is built on trust, respect, empathy, and a culture of listening and understanding. These values are the core of our work together. That is why the Divan is a beacon of hope for all."

Hear the orchestra play Beethoven's ninth symphony last year at Carnegie Hall, in a broadcast co-produced by WQXR and American Public Media: