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Chemical Weapons: Iraq and a History of Abuse

on March 10, 2014

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Isacc Stern returns to the stage during the Scud attack Isacc Stern returns to the stage during the Scud attack

He was 70 years old on February 23rd, 1991. Legendary violinist Isaac Stern was in Jerusalem as the virtuoso performer of Mozart’s Third Violin concerto. But, as the philharmonic orchestra and Stern performed, air raid sirens blasted. The orchestra stopped and left the stage to get their gas masks. The audience, with their gas mask containers at the ready, put them on. There was neither chaos nor panic.

Stern, alone, returned to the stage carrying, but not wearing his gas mask. He had come to Israel as a gesture of solidarity with the Israeli people, then under attack from Scud missiles fired by Saddam Hussein’s forces. Amazingly, under heavy political pressure from the United States, Israel did not retaliate. Back on the stage, Stern played for the audience in a surreal scene that captivated the world. He chose Bach’s Adagio…

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