August 5, 2013
Roger Waters called for a boycott of Israel earlier this year, and now the former Pink Floyd singer-bassist is defending his The Wall Live Tour from accusations of anti-semitism.
In a Facebook post called ”An open letter from Roger Waters,” he explained the recent controversy after a performance in Belgium last week where an Israeli man captured video footage of a Star of David-marked prop pig that was featured in the show and destroyed by the audience at the end of the performance. The story was picked up by Jewish newspaper that claimed Waters “is an open hater of Jews” and urged other artists to “denounce his anti-Semitism and bigotry.”
But in his Facebook post, Waters called the words “wild and bigoted” with an “entirely predictable resulting rant.”
He said: ”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.”
Waters also defended himself from claims of Jew-hating by saying he himself has close Jewish friends and a Jewish daughter-in-law.
As for being called a Nazi, Waters said: ”I received the most thorough education on the subject of Nazism and where I was spared no horrific detail of the heinous crimes committed in the name of that most foul ideology. I for my part, as best I can, have continued along my parent’s path. At the age of nearly 70, in the spirit of my Father and Mother and all they did, I have stood my ground, as best I can, in defense of Mistress Liberty.”
“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. 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.”
Waters also said that the pig represents “evil, and more specifically the evil of errant government.”