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Arab-Israeli Orchestra Stops Shows in Qatar, Egypt

Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and his orchestra of Arab and Israeli musicians say they are canceling performances in the Middle East this weekend because of fighting between Israel and Hamas. Instead, they will play in the German capital.

Barenboim says they are canceling the shows in Qatar and Egypt amid concerns for the musicians' safety.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will perform works by Beethoven and Brahms at the Staatsoper in Berlin on Monday, the opera house said in a statement Tuesday.

Argentinean-born Barenboim has advocated peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But he is a contentious figure in Israel for his provocative performances of Wagner operas and accepting honorary Palestinian citizenship.

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