Barenboim gets Palestinian citizenship

The Argentinian-born conductor is the first Israeli to be granted citizenship by the Palestinian Authority.

By AP
January 16, 2008 09:13
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DANIEL BARENBOIM 88 224. (photo credit: AP)

Barenboim gets Palestinian citizenship The conductor Daniel Barenboim, already a contentious figure among fellow Israelis for championing Palestinians' rights and the works of Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, has accepted honorary Palestinian citizenship. Barenboim was given citizenship a year ago, but the move didn't become public until this weekend, when a Palestinian lawmaker mentioned it after Barenboim held a performance in Ramallah. The Argentinian-born conductor is the first Israeli to be granted citizenship by the Palestinian Authority. Lawmaker Mustafa Barghouti said he lobbied Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to make Barenboim a citizen. Barenboim deserved a Palestinian passport, Barghouti said, because the conductor had shown "solidarity with Palestinians under the most difficult circumstances." "It was a nice gesture," Barenboim said in a telephone interview from Berlin.


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