Anti-Israel protests disrupt BBC Proms concert
Protesters have disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s BBC Proms concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Several demonstrators in the hall shouted as Zubin Mehta stood to conduct Bruch’s violin concerto. The rest of the audience booed in response.
BBC Radio 3 said it had to interrupt its live broadcast twice “as a result of sustained audience disturbance”.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had earlier called on people to boycott the concert and urged the BBC to cancel it.
In a statement published on its website ahead of the Proms, the pro-Palestinian group claimed the IPO showed “complicity in whitewashing Israel’s persistent violations of international law and human rights”.
The BBC Proms Team tweeted: “We’re sorry that the concert was taken off air following hall disturbance. Glad both pieces were heard by the audience in the RAH.”
It later added: “We regret that as a result of sustained audience disturbance tonight’s concert was taken off BBC Radio 3.”
The performance, which consisted of four parts, was interrupted at about 19:45 BST and coverage was cut off again an hour later after more protests.