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Antisemite of the Week: Roger Waters Calls Artists to Support Antisemitism

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Roger Waters, the co-founder and lead singer of the rock band Pink Floyd, is well-known for his hatred towards the Jewish state. He works fervently to demonize Israel and Israelis by spreading lies and false accusations and using antisemitic tropes.

In 2011, Waters officially joined the antisemitic BDS movement which is known for its affiliations to terror, and began his witch hunt by falsely accusing the State of Israel of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians while encouraging artists to boycott Israel.

Since then, Waters has been constantly attacking Israel using his rock-star status to brainwash his fans and artists.

Although Waters claims he is not an antismite his rhetoric and the imagery and props he often uses in his concerts tell a different story.

In 2013, Waters openly expressed his antisemitic views towards Judaism during an interview: “They [the Jews] believe some very weird stuff you know, they believe that everybody that is not a Jew is only on earth to serve them and they believe that the Indigenous people of the region that they kicked off the land in 1948 and have continued to kick off the land ever since are sub-human. The parallels with what went on in the 30’s in Germany are so crushingly obvious...” In the same interview Waters accused the “extraordinary powerful” American “Jewish lobby” in the music industry of silencing critics of Israel.

It should be noted that according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and the State Department definitions of antisemitism “drawing comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis” is explicitly antisemitic.

Also in 2013, Waters started using a giant inflatable pig emblazoned with a Jewish Star of David and dollar signs in his concerts.

In 2015, Waters published an open letter criticizing the band Bon Jovi for performing in Tel Aviv.

In 2016, Waters narrated a documentary titled: “The Occupation of the American Mind” – in which Israel is falsely accused of war crimes and genocide. The film is being screened in towns across the countryuntil this day, fueling hatred towards Israel and the Jewish people.

In a July 2017 online interview with the terror-affiliated BDS movement founder Omar Barghouti, Waters made a number of anti-Israel and pro-BDS statements, including: “I’m not sure that there any much harsher regimes around the world than this [Israel], actually, if you look at it.”

Waters has also been a regular participant in anti-Israel talks and events on college campuses and beyond alongside other known antisemites such as Linda Sarsour and Marc Lamont Hill.

Earlier in 2019, Waters called Madonna to boycott Israel when it was announced that she would be making an appearance at Eurovision.

We must stop Roger Waters from using concert venues and his star power to spread vitriol against the Jewish people!