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April 17, 2013 1:56 pm

Roger Waters: I’m “Considering” Position on Israel Boycott

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Roger Waters, a member of the Russell Tribunal. Photo: Wikimedia commons.

Roger Waters may be backtracking on his earlier boasts of calling on his fellow musicians to boycott Israel.

The former Pink Floyd front-man told the Huffington Post that he is “considering” his position after having said last month he plans on writing a letter encouraging other artists in the music industry to boycott the Jewish state.

“I am considering my position,” Waters said of the boycott. “The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I’m thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.”

Waters said that he is being “very, very careful to avoid some kind of dramatic moment that could very easily blow up” and undermine his influence in the longer term.

“I think I coined a phrase,” Waters said, “I have nothing to hide but the truth.”

Waters was recently scheduled to speak at the 92nd Street Y in New York, but his appearance was canceled.

“If you were to ask Susan Engel, who’s the director of lectures at 92Y, why she won’t speak to anybody about the cancellation of my talk…she won’t speak to you. She won’t speak to anyone,” Waters said. “I’ve asked and asked and asked, and in the end I just gave up.”

Waters, however, reaffirmed his beliefs that Israel is squarely at fault for the impasse in peace negotiations.

“The occupation and the settlement building is an impregnable obstacle to peace,” Waters told the Huffington Post, citing the opinion of Jewish American friends and the Israeli film The Gatekeepers, as two of the main influences behind his conclusion. “There can never be peace unless the occupation ends and the settlement building ends.”

Waters said that the strategic goal for the region “should be a solution of the Palestinian refugee problem, an end to the occupation, security and the right to lead a decent life for all the citizens of Israel, both the Jewish citizens and the Palestinian citizens.”

“That’s the goal that those of us who actually care about people are attempting to encourage,” he said.

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