Amid Rocket Attacks, Roger Waters Reiterates Demand for Neil Young to Cancel Israel Concerts; SWC Calls Waters an Anti-Semite
Veteran Israel-basher Roger Waters was labelled an anti-Semite after taking to Facebook on Friday to re-iterate his earlier call for rock and roll legend Neil Young to cancel his upcoming performances in Israel.
The former Pink Floyd bassist also admitted that his previous request was completely ignored.
“Enough is enough,” Waters wrote. “In January this year I wrote a private letter to Neil Young, it was sent via his manager Elliot Roberts’ email, I never received a reply of any kind.”
“More recently I spoke openly about The Rolling Stones performing in Tel Aviv,” he added. “In light of the appalling recent events in Israel and Gaza and my dismay at the the lack of any response from our governments and in a final appeal to Neil’s possible attachment to the rights of all human beings, not just the disenfranchised natives of North America, but all human beings all over the world, I am publishing that letter now.”
Waters copied his original letter to Young in which he accuses the Jewish state of “illegal colonization” and “systematic oppression” among other things.
His latest insistence comes as Israel battles Gaza based terrorists who have fired hundreds of missiles into Israeli cities and towns.
In response, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, accused Waters of anti-Semitism.
“I would like to know what Roger Waters has to say to my 9 year old grandson Tzvi, a native of Jerusalem who is honest enough to speak openly of his fear of the rockets, missiles and bomb shelters; and the millions of other Israelis under threat this Shabbat from Hamas and (most probably) Hezbollah rockets,” he told The Algemeiner. “Waters is an anti-Semite, willfully tone deaf when it comes to Jewish Life and Jewish lives in the Jewish State. Let’s not waste any more psychic energies on people irrevocably infected with history’s oldest hate.”
While some Facebook fans were supportive of Waters’ position, many Israelis took offense.
“Roger this morning i woke up with the sounds of missiles and rockets. Wanna tell me about your morning?” wrote one commenter. “I guess Roger does not see all the missiles raining down on Israel or the bodies of the three dead teenagers killed by Hamas,” said another.
It is unlikely that Waters will get a response from Young as the promoter for his concert has already said that the Israel dates scheduled for next week “will happen as planned,” according to the Music Times.
In the past, watchdog the Anti-Defamation League has also accused Waters of anti-Semitism and the Wisenthal center’s Cooper called him “an open hater of Jews” after footage emerged of an inflatable pig bearing a Star of David on its rear at one of his concerts.