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Part 2. Pink Floyd Roger Waters on: Divesting in Israel


Roger Waters of the British band Pink Floyd wrote on July 2 under “Divest in Israel: Presbyterians should support Palestinian aspirations”:

“I applaud the Presbyterian initiative assembled in Pittsburgh . In fact, I support the more wide-ranging BDS campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel and have called on my fellow musicians to follow suit, just as we did in opposition to apartheid South Africa.

In 2005, 26 years after I wrote “Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2,” Palestinian children protesting Israel’s apartheid wall sang, “We don’t need no occupation! We don’t need no racist wall!”

My original song was banned in apartheid South Africa because black South African children sang it to advocate for their right to equal education. In the West Bank, the children who protest the wall and sing my song face tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and even live ammunition.

I made my first trip to Israel and the West Bank in 2006. What I witnessed there shocked me to the core. The Israeli wall (the Wall of Shame) in the occupied West Bank is an appalling edifice, cutting farmers from farmland, family from family and children from schools and hospitals.

The standard Israeli response to criticism of the wall is that it is solely for defense. If that is the case, why was it not built on the Green Line (the internationally agreed demarcation after the Six-Day War of 1967)?

Why does this Wall snake through Palestinian land, as Israel grabs more and more land each year for illegal, segregated, Jews-only settlements?

No, this is not solely a defensive measure, this is a systematic colonization of conquered territory that contravenes the Fourth Geneva Convention and was declared illegal in an advisory but unequivocal judgment by the International Court of Justice at The Hague in 2004.

In light of the above and despite attempts to intimidate and vilify me by Israel lobby groups in the United States and elsewhere, I stand in solidarity not only with the Palestinian people but also with the many thousands of Israelis who, believing their government’s racist policies to be wrong, are increasingly making their voices heard.

What courageous and beautiful voices they are.

The waters of this debate will inevitably be muddied, as they always are, by erroneous accusations of anti-Semitism leveled at those who favor selective divestment from companies complicit in Israel’s long record of human rights violations.

I urge the Presbyterians assembled in Pittsburgh not to be intimidated, but to stand confident with the support of people of conscience everywhere, including tens of thousands of Jewish Americans who support divestment as an ethical obligation to end complicity in the occupation.

I urge Presbyterians to adopt their selective divestment motion to make the price of collusion in human rights violations higher, and to send a message of hope to the Palestinian people under Israeli occupation and apartheid.

Good faith attempts to peacefully bring pressure on Israel to change its policies are no more anti-Semitic than similar actions against the South African apartheid regime were anti-Christian or anti-white.

In solidarity with Palestinian civil society and the nonviolent resistance movement in Israel itself, those of us involved in the struggle for Palestinian self-determination and freedom, including supporters of the BDS campaign against Israel until it fulfills its obligations under international law, will ignore the increasingly strident slanders of the Israel lobby and continue our nonviolent campaign.

This is what solidarity and compassion look like. This is how we will win against injustice.

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Note: Israel has erected high walls all around its supposed borders in order to prevent the Israeli citizens from seeing their “enemies”, the Palestinians, Lebanese, Syrians, and Egyptians… A typical Ashkenazi ghetto mentality inherited from the European colonial period…

Do you believe in premonitions? Why not? Isn’t why we occasionally feel compelled to write?

Suppose I am walking on an inclined path and cannot see far ahead of me. A carnivorous marauding beast, or a serpent… is in the environ and hiding or napping  a few feet off the bend. Someone uphill is seeing the entire scene and he can forecast one of the potential events in the near future that might befall me.

The uphill watcher is “seeing” the trend, if nothing disturb the current parameters of the real universe, I am in serious trouble…You may fall, break an ankle…before you reach the location of the potential danger. The watcher might act upon the pieces of intelligence and sound the alert one way or another to desist you from resuming your ascend, even starting a fire…

All that sciences can do is offering one of the potentialities in the future by studying the trends…For example, one of the thermonuclear bombs might go off, regardless of man-made tight security checks…The danger is there in power, and danger will be activated one way or another as long as it is there…

You certainly had an out-of-body experience during your dreams and you hovered freely in space. A few acquire the power of initiating an out-of-body experiment during their waking hours. The high vantage point of seeing what is happening does not have to by physical in nature. For example,

1. Favorable vantage points can be secured by scientists (natural and social) in restrictive fields of studies to predicting events…Only genuine scientists with great experimental minds and extensive comprehensive knowledge can have premonitions. The difference between predicting and having a premonition is based on sensitive comprehensive knowledge of mankind and the universe, a sort of holistic comprehension of the major trends, and daily engagement to changing the condition of mankind and preserving their rights and liberty of thinking and expressing…

Restrictive scientists (natural and social) can play a favorable role if they don’t fail to remind the audience of the essential parameters that are supposed not to deviate or change in order for the trend of a phenomena to hold ….The public need to be reminded frequently and educated to the various restrictions and constraints limiting any piece of knowledge or prediction…

2. Genuine sensitive poets and authors have potentials to sound the alert on afflictions and calamities in the making…

Describing “reality” such as basing a story on actual people and events is generally of no interest for “real people” to read.

1. The fast communication and dissemination of information and news does not catch our attention as a well researched and well written story undertaken in blood and nervous energy by the author…

2. The camera has freed the need for painting external scenes…And the voice recorder has freed culture and authors from focusing on the “real world”…

The genuine author and artist must bare his internal confusion and struggle to all to share…Let readers participate in whatever they also feel and experience internally…

We are all seeking a risk-free and sick-free life. This is a healthy reaction to our realization that mankind is unpredictable and emotionally driven…

Any story that avoid the inevitable dilemma of death, of “why I am living”, of “why I was born”, of “what’s the meaning of living”… is not worth writing.  Journalists and reporters can do far better jobs writing of the daily activities and events…

Psychanalysing every move, action, and responses of characters in the story sap the credibility of the author who meant to describe and bare feelings and emotions: Feelings and emotions should not be exposed as scientific and deterministic happenings.  Though occasional psychoanalysis sections does not rob the power of a story for the insensitive readers. 

Any story must involve communicating with at least another character: Otherwise, why publish anything that does not show what might be generated from a shared confused utterance to other people and the chain of reactions that sets in?

Writing for publishing is the labor of showing the wide gamut of potential reactions in our uncertain behaviors, maintaining the right of the free spirit to be exposed in the face of advancing deterministic, technology driven and robotic society, systems, and institutions…

Note: Post inspired by the interview (conversation) of Carlos Catania with late Ernesto Sabato, and conducted in July 1987, and published under “Between the word and the blood”. Sabato published three novels “The Tunnel”, “Heroes and Graves”, and “Abdon”




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