Anti-Israel protests disrupt BBC Proms concert
A group of about 20 people had gathered outside the hall to protest the appearance of the orchestra
Protesters have disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's BBC Proms concert at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Several demonstrators in the hall shouted as Zubin Mehta stood to conduct Bruch's violin concerto. The rest of the audience booed in response.
BBC Radio 3 said it had to interrupt its live broadcast twice "as a result of sustained audience disturbance".
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign had earlier called on people to boycott the concert and urged the BBC to cancel it.
In a statement published on its website ahead of the Proms, the pro-Palestinian group claimed the IPO showed "complicity in whitewashing Israel's persistent violations of international law and human rights".
The BBC Proms Team tweeted: "We're sorry that the concert was taken off air following hall disturbance. Glad both pieces were heard by the audience in the RAH."
It later added: "We regret that as a result of sustained audience disturbance tonight's concert was taken off BBC Radio 3."
The performance, which consisted of four parts, was interrupted at about 19:45 BST and coverage was cut off again an hour later after more protests.
A spokeswoman for BBC Proms said it appeared each piece had been targeted by different protesters seated around the hall.
She said the broadcaster was "disappointed" the coverage had been taken off air but said the performance had continued in the hall.
About 30 people were removed by security but there were no arrests and no violence, she said.
The majority of the audience booed the agitators.
On the other hand, I'm sorry the protesters interrupted Mehta. I think that takes righteousness away from the protesters. (I don't like shut downs as a tactic, never have.)
Israelis have again taken to the streets in mass protests over the high cost of living.
At least 250,000 people joined the protests, with the main rallies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, although some Israeli media put the turnout as high as 400,000.
They are the latest in a series of protests held throughout the summer.
Many Israelis are angry at the high cost of housing, food, education and health care.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government has responded by forming a committee to examine calls for reform, although he has warned he cannot meet all the protesters' demands.
The biggest protest on Saturday, part of what organisers had dubbed a Million Man March, appeared to be in Tel Aviv.
Student union president Itzik Shmuli told the crowd: "They told us that the movement was slowing down. Tonight we are showing that it's the opposite. We are the new Israelis, determined to continue the fight for a fairer and better society."
One banner read: "An entire generation wants a future" and another "The land of milk and honey, but not for everybody".
Jonathan Levy, one of the protest organisers, told the BBC: "All the non-rich people in Israel, no matter if they're secular or religious, old or young, realise that we've abandoned some really important battlefields in this country, that is economy, and we only dealt obsessively with security problems."
The BBC's Jon Donnison, in Tel Aviv, says the Israeli government - with its eyes on the impact of people-power elsewhere in the Middle East - has been taken a back by the spontaneity and scale of the demonstrations.
He says many other countries look enviously at Israel's growing economy but people here feel the wealth has not been shared.
Many of the protesters are from a middle class that has had to bear a hefty tax burden and conscription into the services.
The movement began in mid-July - when some Israelis angry at housing costs pitched tents in a Tel Aviv neighbourhood - and has burgeoned.
Mr Netanyahu has appointed a panel of experts to meet protest leaders and assess their demands.
But some demonstrators say this is an attempt to stall.
When everyday life is disrupted, people are put out, and an opportunity is missed. This sort of tactic works though, South Africa was most put out by not being able to play test matches. It gets people talking about the issues, and it sends a message to the Israeli public.
Then again, how would you understand it since you've switched from Israel to South Africa and undoubtedly no little or nothing about either.