The Berlin-based conductor Daniel Barenboim is to return awards he won at Germany’s biggest music award online on what he said was “clearly anti-Semitic” rap lyrics.
The Israeli said he was protesting against an Echo Music Award given to the German rappers Kollegah and Farid Bang this year.
On a track that they sing that their bodies are “more defined as a prisoner of Auschwitz.”
The prices have been confronted with severe criticism.What Mr. Barenboim say?
In a statement, Mr Barenboim, who is also the general music director of the national Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin, describes the rappers of ” words “clearly anti-Semitic, misogynist, homophobic and contempt of human dignity.”
“Decency and humanity” must supersede the “commercial interests,” he says, explaining that his return travel Echo Music Awards he has earned.
Mr. Barenboim, who has accepted Palestinian citizenship honor, in 2008, a famous game of an orchestra composed of young Arab and Israeli musicians, known as the East-West Divan orchestra.
The orchestra has performed in the West Band and the Gaza Strip.Daniel Barenboim visits the west bankHow the starting line?
The winners of the Echo Music Awards are determined each year based on the number of albums sold in the previous year.
Kollegah and Farid Bang, were honored in the Hip Hop/Urban category, after having sold more than 200,000 copies of their album Young, Brutal and Beautiful 3.
A number of musicians, the Jewish organisations and the German politicians have condemned the decision to give the rappers of the award.
Kollegah and Farid Bang have since said they are not anti-Semitic, calling Jews fans to attend their concerts free of charge.
The row comes at a time of growing concern about anti-Semitism in Germany.
Last week, two young men wearing Jewish skullcaps (kippahs) were attacked in Berlin. The attacker was filmed shouting anti-Semitic abuse.
The jewish organizations in Germany have expressed concerns about a number of recent anti-Semitic insults and threats in the German schools.
Germany’s Jewish population has increased rapidly since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Prior to 1989, the population was below 30,000 but an influx of Jews, mainly from the former Soviet Union, has raised the number to over 200,000.