Rabbi leads vigil outside Met as firestorm over 'The Death of Klinghoffer' hits fever pitch

A prominent New York rabbi has led a prayer vigil outside the Metropolitan Opera to protest an opera that opponents say glorifies Palestinian terrorists.

Teenagers from Jewish faith-based schools joined Rabbi Avi Weiss on Monday in a makeshift prayer spot opposite the Met. They discussed Hebrew scriptures in shifts of about a dozen throughout the day.

An evening rally was planned over the Met's premiere of "The Death of Klinghoffer."

Leon Klinghoffer was the 69-year-old New Yorker shot in his wheelchair aboard the Achille Lauro (ah-KEE'-leh LOW'-roh) Italian cruise ship. It was hijacked in 1985 by four men from the Palestinian Liberation Organization who then pushed him into the sea.

Weiss says the music "extols" the terrorists, while the Klinghoffers come off as petty, money-conscious characters.