Report: BBC to cut Israel 'apartheid' comments from UK concert broadcast

Violinist's Nigel Kennedy dedicates show to Palestinian people.

August 18, 2013 03:20
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Nigel Kennedy.

Nigel Kennedy 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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The BBC was reportedly set to cut remarks about “apartheid” in Israel made by a British violinist when his concert as part of a British music festival is aired next week in the UK, Al-Arabiya reported.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s a bit facile to say it but we all know from experiencing this night of music tonight that giving equality and getting rid of apartheid means there’s a chance for amazing things to happen,” Nigel Kennedy said while introducing artists from the Palestine Strings troupe at the Proms music festival on August 8.

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“The concert tonight is very emotional, because I am performing for people who are imprisoned, to give them two hours of fun and show them that the world has not forgotten about them,” Al-Arabiya quoted the musician as saying while dedicating the show to the Palestinian people at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

A BBC representative told Al-Arabiya that comments made by Kennedy likening the situation in Israel to apartheid in South Africa were cut for “editorial reasons.”

“Nigel’s comment to the audience at his late-night prom on August 8 will not be included in the deferred BBC 4 broadcast on August 23 because it does not fall within the editorial remit of the proms as a classical music festival,” Al-Arabiya quoted the BBC representative as saying.

According to the report, Kennedy has refused to hold concerts in Israel, but has played in a Palestinian-organized festival in east Jerusalem.

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