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Pink Floyd frontman and bassist Roger Waters fires back: “Hater of Jews? Rabbi Abraham Cooper?”

Dave Urbanski published in The Blaz this August 5, 2013 the reply of Pink Floyd Roger Waters to the attack of Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Former Pink Floyd frontman and bassist Roger Waters has been a prominent pro-Palestinian activist, publicly advocating the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) campaign to boycott Israel, and more recently has been called “an open hater of Jews” because of a prop in his The Wall Live Tour.

Former Pink Floyd Frontman Roger Waters Fires Back at Rabbi Abraham Cooper Who Called Him a Hater of Jews

US-MUSIC-CONCERT FOR SANDY RELIEF. British musician Roger Waters (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Video taken at one of his shows depicts a giant pig emblazoned with a Star of David which was destroyed by the audience at the end of the concert.

Former Pink Floyd Frontman Roger Waters Fires Back at Rabbi Abraham Cooper Who Called Him a Hater of Jews

roger waters fires back. (Credit: YouTube)

Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the human rights group Simon Wiesenthal Center called it a “grotesque display of Jew-hatred,” telling the Jewish news site The Algemeiner, “With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear. Forget Israel, never mind ‘limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace.’ Waters is an open hater of Jews.”

So Waters took to Facebook and posted an open letter spelling things out from his perspective, most notably calling Cooper’s claims “wild and bigoted” with an “entirely predictable resulting rant.”

Waters notes that the Anti-Defamation League has ruled his work has no anti-Semitic intent. “I also use the Crucifix, the Crescent and Star, the Hammer and Sickle, the Shell Oil Logo and The McDonald’s Sign, a Dollar Sign and a Mercedes sign [in the show],” writes Waters.

But Waters doesn’t backpedal on his criticism of Israel, either:

in a functioning theocracy, it is almost inevitable that the symbol of the religion becomes confused with the symbol of the state, in this case the State of Israel, a state that operates Apartheid both within its own borders and also in the territories it has occupied and colonized since 1967.

Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC.

Your contention that because I criticize the Policies of the Israeli government I should be lumped in with the Muslim Brotherhood is risible, and again a personal affront.

I have spent my whole adult life advocating separation of church and state.

Here’s video of the pig prop with the Star of David, as well as other symbols:

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…




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