Barenboim in call to end Middle East conflict

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Conductor Daniel Barenboim rehearsing for a concert ahead of World Human Rights Day at the UN in Geneva. Photo: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

World-renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim on Saturday called on global powers with influence to help stop the Israeli-Palestinian conflict because, as he put it, the two sides had "lost the feeling" that they needed to agree to a peace deal.

Speaking ahead of a concert at the UN to celebrate World Human Rights Day on 10 December, the maestro insisted that the problem could not be solved by either the Israelis or the Palestinians, who both preferred the existing status quo "better than any development".

Barenboim, whose West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is made up of Arab and Israeli musicians, also called on the international community to take action on the migrant crisis affecting Europe.

Daniel Johnson has more.

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