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July 2, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The face flashed across the screen--a Palestinian, somewhere in the Middle East, smiling faintly. Lisa Klinghoffer, six months pregnant, was in her Greenwich Village apartment watching television with her husband. She saw the face and went cold, stiffening as if someone had splashed ice water on her spine. "I was paralyzed," said Lisa, 38. Then came the heat. "I started shouting. There he was, five years later, Abul Abbas, in the news again," she said, her throaty voice pitched and angry.
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March 12, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
It is an opera that like its choruses rouses recriminations and unsettled ghosts. "The Death of Klinghoffer" by composer John Adams sets the Israeli-Palestinian struggle on a ship sailing with the histories and opposing realities of two peoples bound by the rage and agony of an unreconciled land. The opera, based on the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro by Palestinian militants who killed Leon Klinghoffer, a disabled American Jew, is also a deeper meditation on nationalist passions that for ages have set alight the world's conflicts.
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January 9, 1987 | United Press International
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani plans to attend a memorial service in Israel today for Leon Klinghoffer, the New Yorker killed in the October, 1985, hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. Forlani, a Christian Democrat who headed a coalition government from October, 1980 to May, 1981, is making the visit at the invitation of the Jewish National Fund and the Israeli government, his office announced.
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August 9, 2005 | Diane Haithman
In the wake of the recent terrorist bombings in London, a Los Angeles rabbi is hoping that audiences in Edinburgh, Scotland, will "vote with their feet" and stay away from upcoming Scottish Opera performances of the controversial John Adams opera "The Death of Klinghoffer," which will receive its British premiere later this month as part of the Edinburgh Festival.
NEWS
January 17, 1988
The Justice Department has withdrawn the arrest warrant it issued with great fanfare two years ago for terrorist Abul Abbas, wanted in connection with the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro and the murder of one of its American passengers, department spokesman Patrick Korten said. He said the warrant was withdrawn Nov. 9 after a review of the case and after Abbas was convicted and sentenced in absentia in an Italian court.
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August 12, 1997 | Associated Press
The Palestine Liberation Organization has settled a 12-year-old case brought by the family of an American who was killed in his wheelchair and tossed into the sea during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship. The PLO reached settlements a week ago with the family of Leon Klinghoffer and with a cruise travel company, but all parties agreed to keep the terms confidential, said Rodney E. Gould, lawyer for Crown Travel Service. "It was amicably settled," said Lawrence W.
NEWS
October 20, 1985 | Associated Press
A military honor guard will meet the airplane bearing home the remains of Leon Klinghoffer, the New Yorker slain aboard the hijacked Achille Lauro and dumped into the Mediterranean Sea, a family friend says. Klinghoffer was killed Oct. 8 and his body thrown into the sea. The corpse washed up on a Syrian beach last week. Letty Simon, a spokeswoman for the family, said the body will arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Rome this afternoon.
NEWS
January 8, 1986 | Associated Press
Marilyn Klinghoffer, whose husband was killed during the hijacking last year of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, has been talking to producers about selling her story for a television movie or serial, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. "We've met with a number of independent producers and major studios to discuss their offers and see what the chemistry is like," said the spokeswoman, Letty Simon. "The general consensus is that television is the best medium for the story.
NEWS
January 7, 1986 | Associated Press
Marilyn Klinghoffer, whose husband was killed last year during the hijack of the Achille Lauro cruise ship, has been talking to producers about selling her story for a television movie or serial, a spokeswoman said today. "We've met with a number of independent producers and major studios to discuss their offers and see what the chemistry is like," spokeswoman Letty Simon said. "The general consensus is that television is the best medium for the story.
NEWS
April 17, 2003 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
The friend hurried over to Lisa Klinghoffer during a PTA meeting at her son's school and repeated: "They got him!" "They got Saddam [Hussein]?" Klinghoffer asked. "No," was the reply. "[Osama] Bin Laden?" "No," her friend said. "They got Abbas!" "I was just dumbfounded," Klinghoffer said Wednesday. "I kind of froze for a second.... I always wondered what my reaction would be, and how it would affect me. I thought, 'Thank God. Maybe we will get some justice.'
NEWS
August 12, 1997 | Associated Press
The Palestine Liberation Organization has settled a 12-year-old case brought by the family of an American who was killed in his wheelchair and tossed into the sea during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship. The PLO reached settlements a week ago with the family of Leon Klinghoffer and with a cruise travel company, but all parties agreed to keep the terms confidential, said Rodney E. Gould, lawyer for Crown Travel Service. "It was amicably settled," said Lawrence W.
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September 1, 1991 | LINDA WINER, Linda Winer is the theater critic for Newsday
When Alice Goodman, poet and librettist in Cambridge, faxed the words of a Palestinian terrorist's aria to John Adams, composer in Berkeley, Goodman believed the lyrics were just "pretty nasty." But Adams showed them to his Jewish neighbors, who thought they were "anti-Semitic." "John didn't think they would 'heal anything,' " Goodman said, but she refused to tone them down.
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March 21, 1991 | JOEL HAVEMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Peter Sellars, the director of the Los Angeles Festival, has sprung up afresh in Europe with a new opera that seems destined to prove no less controversial politically than artistically. "The Death of Klinghoffer," which met a lukewarm response in its world premiere here Tuesday at the breathtakingly baroque Theatre de la Monnaie, is loosely based on the 1985 hijacking of a Mediterranean cruise ship by four Palestinian terrorists.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The face flashed across the screen--a Palestinian, somewhere in the Middle East, smiling faintly. Lisa Klinghoffer, six months pregnant, was in her Greenwich Village apartment watching television with her husband. She saw the face and went cold, stiffening as if someone had splashed ice water on her spine. "I was paralyzed," said Lisa, 38. Then came the heat. "I started shouting. There he was, five years later, Abul Abbas, in the news again," she said, her throaty voice pitched and angry.
NEWS
May 22, 1989 | From United Press International
The Supreme Court assured today that trial of a lawsuit involving U.S. passengers of the Achille Lauro, the Mediterranean cruise ship hijacked by terrorists in October, 1985, will be held in the United States. In a unanimous ruling, the court affirmed a U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that said it was premature for the ship owner to appeal a trial court ruling refusing to dismiss a suit filed by the Americans. The ruling assures at least a trial on the merits of the case in U.S. courts and not in Italian courts, as owners of the cruise ship had sought.
NEWS
October 26, 1985 | From a Times Staff Writer
In an emotional meeting, the widow of the New York man killed during the hijacking of the Achille Lauro commended President Reagan on Friday for "the courage and dignity with which you have handled the situation." A spokesman for the Klinghoffer family said Marilyn Klinghoffer, the widow of Leon Klinghoffer, told the President that she hopes that the murderers of her 69-year-old husband would be brought to justice, "and the President did indicate that he was of a like mind."
NEWS
November 14, 1988
Palestinian guerrilla leader Abul Abbas said he believes U.S. authorities have abandoned efforts to arrest him for allegedly masterminding the October, 1985, hijacking of an Italian cruise ship. A wheelchair-bound American, Leon Klinghoffer, was shot in the head and dumped overboard during the two-day hostage ordeal aboard the Achille Lauro off the coast of Egypt. The Reagan Administration dubbed Abbas the world's most wanted terrorist and offered $250,000 for his arrest.
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