Iran threatens to thwart Daniel Barenboim’s Tehran concert plan


Iran says it will prevent conductor Daniel Barenboim performing at a concert in Tehran.

According to a report by German newspaper Der Spiegel, the Iranian culture minster will cancel the concert because Mr Barenboim is an Israeli citizen.

A spokesman for the ministry was reported as saying that "Iran does not recognise the Zionist regime and will not co-operate with artists of this regime".

Plans for the concert, with Mr Barenboim leading the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra were announced earlier this week. It is due to take place in the Iranian capital later this year, possibly during German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s state visit in October.

The news drew criticism from the Israeli Minister of Culture Miri Regev. In a post on Facebook, she wrote: “Barenboim has taken an anti-Israel stance and he slanders Israel while using culture as leverage in order to state his political opinions against the State of Israel”.

Calling the concert a mistake, she urged Germany to “do the right thing” and have it cancelled.

Mr Barenboim, 72, has been an outspoken critic of Israel policies towards the Palestinians.

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