Jewish Heavy Metal Rocker David Draiman Takes on Roger Waters, Urges Twitter Followers to Condemn ‘Flagrant Display of Anti-Semitism’

July 25, 2013 11:44 am 53 comments
Heavy metal rocker David Draiman urged Twitter followers to condemn anti-Semite Roger Waters. Photo: WikiCommons.

Heavy metal rocker David Draiman urged Twitter followers to condemn anti-Semite Roger Waters. Photo: WikiCommons.

Jewish heavy metal rocker David Draiman asked his 120,000 plus Twitter followers to condemn British rock musician and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters and his latest stunt, after the musician released a giant pig shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David into the sky at a July 18th concert in Belgium, as reported by The Algemeiner yesterday.


Waters is well known as a vocal activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel and accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid” and “international crimes” in a November 2012 address at the United Nations. Last Fall, he was also at the forefront of efforts to boycott an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

In Thursday’s emotion-filled Twitter-sphere, Draiman went on to engage Twitter users who challenged his comments. “Seriously its not anti-Semitism he’s against the actions of the state nit the religion or the people as a whole,” wrote user Curtis Deck.


“You guys could be right but I’m not sure that the crowd he draws cares, or even understands anti-Semitism. Ignorance abounds,” wrote user Jack Durrell, to which Draiman responded, “HIS CROWD IS DIVERSE AND HUGE AND THEY SHOULD CARE.”

Draiman, the lead singer of heavy metal band Disturbed and new group Device, has family in Israel, including his brother, Jerusalem-based folk rock and ambient musician Ben Draiman, and his grandmother, according to Loudwire magazine.

Earlier this year, Draiman told Ultimate Guitar magazine that rock and roll and Nazi symbolism don’t mix: ”I don’t give a f*** who you are. If you’re going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I’m going to have a problem with you because I don’t understand how anybody could think it’s OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I’m not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation.”

Draiman said in the interview that he wrote the song “Never Again,” on his Asylum album, “about the Holocaust and the people who deny it, like Ahmadinejad. And part of our live show includes a video presentation depicting him as the new Hitler.”

Draiman’s comments came as Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called the display a “classic disgusting medieval anti-Semitic caricature” in a statement, after yesterday urging all entertainers to denounce Waters’s “anti-Semitism and bigotry.”

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the Center, told The Algemeiner that “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.”

Other groups have also let it be known that his public comments would have repercussions; El Al Israel Airlines last week canceled a promotional package bringing Israelis to a Roger Waters’ concert in Budapest next month.


  • Now YHVH had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (GENESIS 12:1-3)

  • george, you didn’t spell your name with a capital letter, according to my graphology book, it means you think nothing of yourself!

    You are, in other words, a self-hater and by definition, you have a death wish.

    Therefor your opinion doesn’t really count, since you would take sides with those that would kill you, does it?

    • I attended a concert on Roger Waters’ tour during summer 2013. The Star of David was only one of many symbols projected on the pig. The Christian cross and the Islamic star-and-crescent symbol were there, too, along with dollar signs. The Star of David was not more prominent than the others. The impression I got was that Waters was making a connection between organized religion and greed.

      In 1977, Pink Floyd (Roger Waters’ former band) released an album called “Animals,” inspired by George Orwell’s book “Animal Farm.” The album included songs that compared segments of society to dogs, sheep, and pigs. Floyd and/or Waters have been using a giant, inflatable pig as a concert prop ever since. If you are at all familiar with the band’s career, you know that they have always been bitingly critical of organized religion, and authoritarian structures in general.

      Some of the comments others have left here are thinly veiled death threats. I’m happy you found a place to blow off steam, but please check your facts before you advocate killing someone.

      On the other hand, Waters has made it clear that he doesn’t like the Israeli occupation of Palestine; that fact alone may make you hate him and want him dead. But for those of you who are less zealous, you have to consider the possibility that David Draiman was fed out-of-context information by agitators. To me, it looks like a straw-man attack on Waters.

      • What a great response. There are 2…or 10 sides to every story. I am a long time Pink Floyd fan and like to think that I understand their thoughts on life. You have reaffirmed that.

      • John F. Levine

        BINGO! Kudos Aba Cad!

  • While it’s true that Roger Waters is an ignorant racist, and a no-talent waste of space, the important thing to remember is, he has lots of fans/followers…many of whom are as ignorant as he.

    Waters could be their “voice of reason”, just as Hitler was the “voice of reason” for hundreds of thousands of like thinking people in the 30s and 40s and beyond.

    These haters cannot/should not be ignored.

    Never again.

  • And.. you don’t have to be a fanatical Zionist to know that this Roger Waters is a pseudo-Nazi who latches onto the State of Israel as if he were being prophetic. Waters is a self-serving opportunist and it is a shame that the BDS campaign has not disassociated itself from his Nazi-like performance.
    abraham Weizfeld Ph.D. cand.
    Alliance of Concerned Jewish Canadians

    • Rachamim Dwek

      BDS is itself an Anti Semitic movement by definition. It isn’t concerned with a perceived “Occupation.” Nor does it support the 2 State Solution. Asked for its endgame, both co-leaders Judith Butler and Omar Barghouti offer that their aim is to destroy Israel. Asked why they would want to do this, both consistently reply, “Because it is Jewish.” Ergo, why would BDS distance itself? If anything it will remain silent in a calculated response but without a doubt, it does not bother them one iota.

  • Mitch Stein

    If you’re gonna protest Roger Waters for putting a Star Of David on a prop in one of his shows, then I want to see a boycott of every church that raises a cross within sight of those of us who have no use for it (or every baseball player who wears one around his neck on national TV, or awards ceremonies where the recipients thank God for their success). It’s a symbol. A religious symbol to be sure, but it’s still just a drawing. For all anyone knows, Roger might have simply been presenting satire: a visual paradox of something “Kosher” appearing on a very NON-Kosher animal. I’m Jewish and of course dislike anti-Semitism wherever it rears its ugly head, but this is ridiculous. If you don’t like Roger Waters, don’t listen to his music. We have **EXPONENTIALLY** more racists, bigots and religious extremists here in the U.S. (represented by their own elected bigots in Congress) whose despicable hatred needs to be silenced before we should start worrying about something like this. When I was a kid, my religious school class went to the Nazi march in Skokie, IL. Many people there yelled back at the Nazis with hatred, or simply boycotted the parade entirely…thereby giving the Nazis exactly what they came to get. We instead decided to point and laugh loudly at the Nazis as they passed, and I can tell you firsthand that they were significantly — and visibly — upset by our laughter and ridicule at their pitiful, pathetic existence since we didn’t allow the the satisfaction of upsetting us (’cause if you strip away a Nazi’s uniform, he’s just an ignorant, insecure and often inbred loser crying out for acceptance). If more people took the path of laughing at those pathetic individuals instead of crying out to the PC police every time someone puts letters together to form words (or lines to create symbols) that some people don’t like to hear or see (’cause we’ve been *taught* that those words or collections of lines are BAD; the swastika is actually an appropriated ancient symbol of peace), we’d be much farther down the path of peace between all people; as long as religion continues to be used to divide, conquer, repress, oppress, control, intimidate, persecute and discriminate, we are doomed.

    • The prop you speak about is a PIG, such as all Jews and Christians are pigs and monkeys in islam.

      It seems to me you are an atheist. In Islam, the worst of the worst since you are not a people of he book. The fate that awaits you in islam is DEATH.

      As for religious extremists, yes, they exist but nowhere and in no case are they ordered to kill you such as in islam.

      Sometimes, people just shoot themselves in the foot through their own ignorance… PEACE.

    • He wants to exterminate the Jewish state. Got it now?

    • Sorry but this answer sounds ignorant. Most of the population is ignorant easily influenced yet very powerful. Do you not remember an entire country of followers work to annihilate us? Not to that this is the answer but please don’t try to wash this away as nothing. That would fall under the ignorant liberal flag that will change its tune only when an apartheid is facing them personally. Similar to how most Jews responded in Europe.

    • Stop making excuses for him – it’s pathetic!

      Crosses are worn as a symbol of belief, not as a symbol of protest, which the star of David on the pig was.

      That a Jewish person would openly try and defend an obvious act of antisemitism through obfuscation is totally beyond me and I find it despicable.

      There are many symbols that are completely benign, but when used in a certain way, they become associated with what they are used for. e.g. the swastika.

      Likewise, the star of David (as opposed to the Israeli flag of which the star is only a part) was used by the Germans in WWII to identify Jews for extermination. It has thereby become a symbol of the Jews, and not of Israel.

      That roger waters has issue with Israel is one thing and I challenge him to prove his allegations, which he will be unable to do, before indiscriminately attacking Jews as a whole.

      It may just be, that whist you call yourself Jewish, you may actually have lost your identity!

    • ConcernedJew

      Keep on being willfully ignorant and dismissive of the fact that Waters is clearly anti-Semitic, not just anti-Israel. Using just the Star of David, not Israel’s flag on an inflatable pig is plainly unmistakably offensive. There is no doubt at all what this sicko thinks about all Jews.. This is exactly the same thinking that led to the Shoah because people couldn’t imagine or think that HITLER and his followers meant what they said and wanted to do to Jews, even after they discriminated, harnessed, terrorized, segregated, and finally murdered.

    • Keep burying your head in the sand, numbnuts. Just like the Jews in Europe did in the 30s.

    • I can’t believe that as a Jew, you just compared someone who is an open racist putting our Star of David on a huge Pig to someone wearing a cross.

    • You were going okay till you used the word ” inbred ” ; thusly, you lost all credibity. A discerning reader woudn’t waste his time with your views.

    • We have to react and speak up. We can’t just let the voices of Emma Thompson and Roger Waters be heard in favoring boycott of Israel, speaking in defense of the Palestininians. It is important especially for celebrities like Scarlett Johanssen and David Draiman who are most noticeable to be voices for Israel.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    Rock on David Draiman!!!!

  • Waters is a twit – and a second rate musician.

  • Roger Waters is a no talent slob. Anyone who knows anything about Pink Floyd knows that the driving forces behind the Band were the late Syd Barreett and David Gilmour–both who hated Roger Waters guts because they most likely knew what kind of person he was many years ago. Nick Mason and the departed Richard Wright felt the exact same way. So there you have it. They all unceremoniously threw that crappy bass player who can’t hold a note (he makes Edith Bunker sound like Beverly Sills)out of their band many years ago for good reason.

    So it’s much ado about nothing. Anyone who wastes their money (not many Jews) to see old man Waters in concert deserves what they get… which is goornisht.

    • Are you kidding? What are you trying to say? On the one hand you criticize Waters for being a lousy bass player, erego he’s a loser; on the other hand you write what can be viewed as a racist statement about Jews in this, the following: ” Anyone who wastes their money ( not many Jews )…” It’s plain ole incoherent. In the beginning, you’re making it clear Waters is a douchebag. Okay. Fine. Whatever. And then in your parting words you insert the common stereotype that Jews are penny-pinchers or even misers, to basically say, ” Oh! What’s the big deal? Jews are such misers that this Waters controversy can’t possibly harm them as they would never pinch out a few coins for a his rock concerts. So no problem.” !

    • Oingo Boingo

      Nick Mason supports BDS and Gilmour does benefits Hope (for balestein) Foundation (see their postcards). It seems a common cause over came their diffferences. So IL is a light unto the self absorbed douchebag aholes

  • We must protest but the ultimate answer to Walters is increased Jewish awareness.

    Every Jew that does a commandment, good deed or even learns Torah increases the Spiritual light and joy that the Walters of the world want to destroy.
    The Jews are G-d’s chosen people; chosen to tell the gentiles how much G-d loves them and ALL His creations; creating,provides our needs every instant!
    Walters preaches hate and destruction. Lets show him what real meaning and joy is.

    • “chosen to tell the gentiles how much G-d loves them….” Is this really an essential aspect of Judaism or is it some modern reinterpretation? Is this “Tikkun Olam”? I’ve read that this concept originated in the Middle Ages with kaballah. And it seems that a lot of liberal/reform American Jews preach this as if it were the heart and soul of Judaism – these being the same so-called progressives who helped to elect and re-elect our anti-Semitic, Muslim president. I don’t think it’s our job to ‘repair the world’, and it’s sanctimonious and dangerous to think we know how. And no one appreciates such efforts! African Americans hate Jews more now than they did before we fought for their civil rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center, with its millions in Jewish donations, is now a major supporter of Islamist propaganda in this country. Meanwhile, the same liberal American Jewish community disavowed the Serbs who died by the millions to protect their Jews in WWII. I don’t know why American Jews have become so ignorant, stupid, hypocritical, complacent and narcissistic (and I include myself in this). We’re not qualified to repair anything in the condition we’re in, and charity begins at home!

      • Steven Kalka

        US Reform Jews walk around like they’re still fighting the czar. The black civil rights establishment talks like it’s still 1960 in the Deep South, despite such improvement in conditions that we’ve had a reverse migration of blacks to the south. Why are so many Jews still fighting yesterday’s battles and not todays?

      • Well said, Pam.

        Judaism and Jews have been hijacked by foreign agents pretending to speak for us. I include in that all of the “Jewish” media and “Jewish” organizations. They are no different than the rest of the alphabet soup propaganda outlets. Follow the money. Most often than not the money trail leads to the CIA/Vatican, their thieving fascist multinational corporations and foundations. Everyone really needs to read up and educate themselves on this mafia.

        The Tikkun Olam scum, the Talmudist Vatican clowns,.. You can immediately spot these Vatican impostors by their hatred for Israel and the people of Israel. Like their nazi pig skull brethren, they receive their funding and propaganda agendas from the CIA and the Vatican.

      • Stuart Kaufman

        Thank you, Pam. The Reform movement has distorted Judaism to such a degree that it cut the last cord years ago. Whatever it is now, It is no longer Jewish.

        • Henry Exhaust

          #Stuart Kaufman
          Who made you the arbiter of who is a Jew? Maybe you need to look more to your brethren instead of at the bima.

      • Elliot J. Stamler

        I don’y know if this libeler “Pam” is the you-know Pam – she probably is.Jews. I am a Zionist as are the overwhelming majority of Reform Jews. This disgusting hatred that the Orthodox display in these comments is a perfect cause of the tremendous retaliatory loathing that 87% of we non-Orthodox have for them. I as a Zionist and a Reform Jew am furious that we are being slandered and insulted by people who think they alone are the real and indeed only Jews. Lastly, I am proud to be a member of the Southern Poverty Law Center and “Pam’s” vile libel is as much a filthy lie as the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. The center is NOT a spreader of Islamist propaganda and indeed is a valorous fighter against anti-semitism. The sheer radical vitriol of “Pam” makes me think it is probably the shrill, hate-spewing harridan from Long Island who has made common cause with the worst of the crazy Tea Party fascists in her maniacal hatred of everyone they disagree with. Just remember this: 70% of American Jews proudly voted for Pres. Obama and we would retch before voting for the kind of creatures endorsed by “Pam” and the other haters of Reform Jews, Democratic Jews, Liberal Jews, Conservative (denominationally) Jews and in fact ALL JEWS except Jews who are just like them.

        • To be Jewish!

          According to the Torah (and let’s forget the Rabbis for the moment) there are certain things that one should (and shouldn’t) do!

          These beliefs are central to Juadaism and, in my opinion, are what has allowed it to continue to survive all those that would have destroyed it.

          To discard certain aspects, as not being relevant, is to pick and choose from what many consider to be divine, and who gave us that right?

          Does one choose what parts of a car one wishes to use?

          Would one fly in a plane where that pilot decides he can do without one of the engines?

          Will an e-mail arrive at it’s destination if you substitute a comma for a full stop?

          The reform movement was started (strongly) in Germany just before the war, by people that wanted to be seen as less different from the general population.

          They threw out what wasn’t relevant and substituted for other things, have you ever seen a Chanuka bush? The tree is totally pagan in origin and has NOTHING to do with Chanuka at all!

          Jews became assimilated very quickly and it was difficult to tell them apart from the Germans> However, that did not stop adolf shitler from killing them!

          So when you say ALL JEWS, who do you really mean, those that try to follow what is written in the Torah, who consider it to be divine (after all, Judaism is a religion, and therefor, divine in orgin) OR, those that pick and choose and therefor negate the inherent divinity by saying (through their actions) that the Torah is not divine?

        • As for being a Zionist, where are you, sitting in your armchair nice and cosy in the good ol’ U.S. of A?

          Or perhaps somewhere else?

          A “Zionist” is someone who wishes to live in Israel and generally does so!

          A Zionist sympathiser, would more aptly fit the description with which I began my reply!

          You wanna be a Zionist, come live in Israel, no pretenders here, just the real thing!

      • RIGHT ON!!!

  • Maybe we should begin reacting when we are dragged into the mud. Roger Waters keeps on spewing his hatred on the Jews and Israel, and the only responses we find is cancelling promotional packages or sending tweets in caps lock. What will careen us towards our ruin is not the anti-Semites, but rather the inaction we opt for when we face them.

  • Well said David Draiman.

    George, take your tablets with the waters.

  • Instead of giving that Joo-baiting nazi troll publicity, an effective measure would be to knock some sense into his pig skull — literally. Like the propaganda outlets that this pig skull likes to parrot, these nazi pigs will not stop with their lies and incitement until THEY are confronted with violence.

  • Hurray for David Draiman. A real hero.

  • Good for David Draiman. I love what he said.

  • Kudos to Roger Waters!

    Excellent – we need more Waters – to he11 with the jeu world order

    • Spoken like true neo-n&zi trash.

      • Ready on the left, ready on the right; sight alignment, sight picture, deep breath let out half way and…

    • And may you be the victim of the next terrorist attack, you and all the other nazi vermin. It is a shame that there is not a pesticide to send you where you belong.

      • Right on!

        • Jeu world order??? OMG, it’s amazing how many morons are anti semites. I liked Draiman’s response, we need to speak up and face these disgusting people.

          I’m a grandmother and pray for a world of peace for my grandchildren, but the road to peace is not being a doormat to these people, most of them can’t be reasoned with anyway. Waters will get his as will all evil people, I am a believer!

          • Gayle, that’s why they are anti semites, they are simply incapable of thinking for themselves – just believe what is politically correct!

            Question: If honest politician = oxymoron

            Then politically correct = ?

          • Christina Lily

            The filthy Jews caused so many racial problems in America and have been behind destroying the black race by mixing it with white. The Jews are also behind the sick and ungodly gay marriage as they fully fund and run the LGBT. They also are behind all the porn in the USA.finally Jews are behind Abortion in America and they enacted blood libel on the infants of the USA. The Jews have destroyed the United States. Roger Waters is accurate in using a pig to represent them.

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