Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli Tells BDS Supporter Roger Waters to Remove Her Photo From His Performances
by Joshua Levitt
Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli on Wednesday demanded of former Pink Floyd front-man Roger Waters, a vocal supporter of Boycott Divestment and Sanctions against Israel, that he remove a glamorous shot of her from a video he uses in his performances, saying that Waters’s calls for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state should also include her.
Via Twitter, Refaeli (@BarRefaeli) told her 500,000+ followers in Hebrew: “Roger Waters, you should remove my picture from videos at your concerts. If you’re going to boycott, then go all the way.”
Yesterday, Waters, who recently raised the ire of the Jewish community by featuring a pig shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David at his concerts, formally called for his supporters and musician colleagues to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement against Israel.
In an interview with The Algemeiner Tuesday, Simon Wiesenthal Center associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper said he was surprised by the timing of Waters’s latest call in light of the approximately 1,700 recent political-related deaths in Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon and the current ongoing US-brokered peace talks.
“The fact that Roger Waters would call for a boycott against Israel, when Israelis and Palestinians are actually meeting today, shows a complete disconnect from reality, and probably really just a disinterest in even the headlines of today’s newspaper, and certainly, a fundamental bias; I guess you could call it a hatred,” Rabbi Cooper said.
Some of Refaeli’s followers who re-tweeted her message included Shai Bazak (@BazakShai), Israel’s Consul General in Boston, and the “Official German Eva Longoria fan-page” (@EvaLongoriaGER), which wrote, “I understand!”
Even the supermodel herself, appears to have changed her mind about Waters. Two years ago, in July, 2011, she attended a Pink Floyd concert in Paris, and was thrilled to see her likeness as part of a video montage, tweeting: “Crazy thing… Went to the Roger Waters show in Paris, and saw a pic of myself on the wall!!! #respect!!! I’m honored.”