Up to 30 pro-Palestinian demonstrators were ejected from the Royal Albert Hall after attempting to drown out the orchestra.According to the Guardian:
They shouted anti-Israel statements throughout the concert, leading to clashes with members of the audience who wanted to hear the music. Witnesses reported seeing a fight break out.
Different groups of protesters stood up to chant at the start of each of the four pieces of the evening, meaning that fresh people had to be ejected each time.
Radio 3 broadcast the first piece, which lasted about seven minutes, including the protests.
When the protesters started again at the start of the second, the broadcast was halted and a recording of a different orchestra playing the same music was played instead.
The BBC tried to resume the broadcast at the start of the second part of the concert -- Prom 62 -- but further protests led to it being abandoned.
But audience members told The Daily Telegraph the protests did not deter the orchestra.
Pro-Palestinian group The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had called for the BBC to cancel the concert, claiming that the Israeli orchestra showed "complicity in whitewashing Israel's persistent violations of international law and human rights".I agree with Norm Geras:
I'd like to ask when the musicians of any other country accused of committing 'violations of international law and human rights' were subjected to this kind of protest. If it's about Israel and not about Jews (as the partisans of these poisonous initiatives always claim), there are sure to have been some recent occasions when the performances of Russian and Chinese, and (while I'm about it) American and British, musicians have been targeted in a similar way; so I'm surprised I haven't heard about that. I'd also like to comment on the idea that these were 'protesters'. Somehow it doesn't do them full justice. A protest can be staged without behaving like hoodlums and barbarians.