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August 1, 2013 1:48 pm

Roger Waters Defends Himself Against Charges of Anti-Semitism: ‘I Have Many Very Close Jewish Friends’

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The pig's hind quarters appear to feature a silhouette of a man giving a Nazi salute. Photo: Screenshot.

In an open letter published on his Facebook page, musician Roger Waters, a fierce anti-Israel advocate, responded to allegations made by Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center last week in an interview with The Algemeiner that Waters is an “open hater of Jews.”

“Often I can ignore these attacks, but Rabbi Cooper’s accusations are so wild and bigoted they demand a response,” Waters begins his riposte, then, addressing Cooper directly, writes: “I hold your outburst to be inflammatory and un-helpful and would suggest it can only impede progress towards peace and understanding between people. It is also extremely insulting to me personally in that you accuse me of being ‘Anti Semitic’, ‘A Jew Hater’ and ‘Nazi Sympathizer.'”

The Algemeiner’s report cited Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli Jew, who attended a Waters show in Belgium and spotted the Jewish Star of David affixed to an inflatable pig alongside “other symbols for fascism, dictatorships and oppression of people.” He posted footage of the offensive display on YouTube.

In the video the pig’s hind quarters appear to feature a silhouette of a man giving a Nazi salute.

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In the letter, Waters responds to the allegations by claiming that the Star of David was one of many symbols used in his show, including “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.”

Waters points out that the pig has appeared at 193 performances since September 2010, and last week’s was the first complaint. He said “the pig in question represents evil, and more specifically the evil of errant government. We make a gift of this symbol of repression to the audience at the end of every show and the people always do the right thing. They destroy it.”

In his letter, Waters contends that he has “many very close Jewish friends,” including  “Simon Wiesenthal’s nephew,” and his two grandsons whose “mother, my daughter in law, is Jewish and so, in consequence, I’m told, are they.”

Perhaps emboldened by his extensive Jewish connections, Waters then launches into an anti-Israel tirade. “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,” Waters charges.

Read Waters’ letter in full, below:

Dear Rabbi Cooper,

I hold your outburst to be inflammatory and un-helpful and would suggest it can only impede progress towards peace and understanding between people. It is also extremely insulting to me personally in that you accuse me of being ‘Anti Semitic’, ‘A Jew Hater’ and ‘Nazi Sympathizer’

I have three specific points to make:

1). Your use of the adjective “ANTI-SEMITIC”.

First I direct you to an announcement by ‘The Anti Defamation League’ an American organization, who’s declared aim is to defend Jewish people and Judaism from attack. They recently said.

“While we wish that Mr. Waters would have avoided using the Star of David, we believe there is no anti-Semitic intent here.”

I should point out that in the show, 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.

2). JEW-HATING? I have many very close Jewish friends, one of whom, interestingly enough, is the nephew of the late Simon Wiesenthal. I am proud of that association; Simon Wiesenthal was a great man. Also I have two grandsons who, I love more than life itself, their Mother, my daughter in law, is Jewish and so, in consequence, I’m told, are they.

3). NAZI? Not only did my father, 2nd Lieutenant Eric Fletcher Waters, die in Italy on February 18th 1944 fighting the Nazis, but I was brought up in post war England where 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 remember my mother’s friends Claudette and Maria, I remember their tattoos, they where survivors, two of the lucky ones.

My Mother spent the whole of the rest of her life, involved politically to make sure the future for her children and grandchildren, in fact for everyone’s children and grandchildren, black, white, Gentile, Jew, Latino, Asian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, et al, had no Sword of Damocles in the form of the despised Nazi Creed hanging over their heads.

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.

The Wall Show, so lamely attacked by you, is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti war, anti colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti authoritarian, anti fascist, anti apartheid, anti dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical.

It is not.

ANTI-SEMITIC or PRO NAZI

I have often come under attack by the pro Israel lobby because of my support for BDS, (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) which I won’t go into here, anyone interested can access a speech I made at The United Nations on the 29th November last year.

However I will say this, 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.

Like it or not, 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. Your contention that because I criticize the Policies of the Israeli government I should be lumped in with the Muslim Brotherhood is risible, and again a personal affront. I have spent my whole adult life advocating separation of church and state.

At every Wall Show I invite 20 vets from whatever country we are in backstage at half time to meet, exchange handshakes and good wishes and mementos. At one show, a year or so ago, an older vet, Vietnam era, at a guess, blocked my exit, he put out his hand which I took, he did not let go, he looked me in the eyes and he said ” Your Father would be proud of you.”

Tears burn my eyes.

The Wall is reaching out to you and all the other Rabbi Cooper’s out there.

Come to the show!

Love

Roger

P.S.

For the sake of some perspective. The inflatable pig that so offended young Alon has appeared at every Wall Show since September 2010, some 193 shows, yours is the first complaint. Also the pig in question represents evil, and more specifically the evil of errant government. We make a gift of this symbol of repression to the audience at the end of every show and the people always do the right thing. They destroy it.

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  • Pavel

    Well, let us sum up the arguments against Waters. He is a pile of crap, hmm, the Jews are against muslims which is good because muslims are bad, hmm, and Waters does not have jewish friends. So the only presentable argument is that david star does not represent Israel but judaism. Whatever. Roger, you are right to speak up. Because you are right :). If the antisemitism is gaining, it is not the fault of jew-haters but of jews and their policy. The more you opress the freedom of speech, the more extreme views you will get. Because a very limited freedom of speech is as good as none.

    • Santos

      You are terrible at math. Your sum is wrong.

  • Teodora

    A big disappointment:( I am trying to sell my ticket for the concert in Bulgaria and I do not believe I will ever go to his concert because for me Pink Floyd is not only a music but a concept and an emotion, which contradicts to Roger’s position. In my eyes his position only shows misunderstanding of the substance of the problem and I feel he is somehow searching for a cheap advertising, which is very very disappointing – he was one of Pink Floyd! I sincerely feel abused. I am not a Jewish but I am informed on the conflict and …I really cant believe Roger did not went deeper. Roger, if you want to help Palestina’s kids, you should really behave different – they need education and a point of view different from what they have and see. You can help them but it shows lack of understanding to blame Israel for the Palestine way of living – it is in their own religion and understanding about the world.

  • Dorit

    Dear Roger Waters
    Your show is a stunning sceptical to see!
    However, you have two pictures up, one of an Arab kid
    on one side of the wall and one of a Jewish kid on the other.
    I have a real problem
    now it has become very political. You began this concert when the wall in Germany was taken down,
    what an amazing night that must of been. I can only imagine that thinking about how touring can help people
    open their minds and want to take down the walls being built to separate countries.
    The problem is you are bias.
    Where are the pictures of the wall separating Mexico and the United States?
    I almost got sucked into the naive thought process when I think of how sad it is that Israel has to build
    so many walls… so sad that she is surrounded by people that want to annihilate her, everyday. Day after day having
    rockets thrown at you -that not even a wall can stop (and they are lucky if the iron dome does.) Everyday suicide bombers
    stopped at check points, pieces of cinder blocks being thrown at innocent civilians, fires being started,
    have you heard of the massacre in Itamar???
    In other words some walls are necessary in this day in age. Some people do not want peace and have clearly
    announced they do not believe in a two State solution, in any solution…
    they name streets after murders that have killed innocent people, all in the name of Allah.
    You can not show a picture of an Arab child that if from Islamic parents that (yes it could be a friendly Muslim)
    is taught to hate and the idea of going to heaven while killing people is praised and compare it to a Jewish child
    (there is no sect of Judaism that teaches to hate anyone or anything)
    that is taught to value life and love and respect one anther…
    the funniest part is that you picked a Jewish kid that is obviously very religious. They do not even serve in
    the army.
    One more thing… you have pictures up of fallen soldiers in which I found so touching and great to honor
    these brave warriors but yet, then I realized not one is from Israel, if that does not
    speak volumes what does? You should look at your sales from Israel. Israeli’s love your work,
    yet you cast them behind your bias WALL- bring down your Wall.

  • Jewish South African

    Dear Roger Waters
    I am a 56-year-old Jewish South African, who has been a fan of your music since the mid-1970s, and who has owns a copy of every Pink Floyd album and every one of your solo albums besides. Knowing your music as I do, I agree with what you quote the Anti-Defamation League as saying, namely that your inclusion of the Star of David on the inflatable pig at your shows does not betoken anti-Semitic intent. But I am nevertheless distressed at your inclusion of the Star of David on the pig, because (as one of the other respondents to this column has correctly pointed out), the Star of David is NOT a symbol of the State of Israel; it is a symbol of the Jewish religion itself and of the Jewish people, whether or not they live in Israel (which most do not), and whether or not they agree with all the actions and policies of the Government that happens to hold power in Israel for the time being (which a number of Jews, including myself, do not). Your incorporation of the Star of David on the pig at your shows has the unfortunate result of encouraging anti-Semitism by creating the idea that you regard the Jewish religion and/or the Jewish people as an evil to be lumped together with (inter alia) the Nazi ideology, the latter of which you appear to depict on the pig in the form of a man giving a Nazi salute.

    Let me add (1) that Israel is not a theocracy as it is governed by secular (not religious) authorities, and (2) that Israel does not practise Apartheid, which referred in its original (South African) context to the systematic discrimination against persons of colour on the basis of their race, through being deprived of the right to vote, being forced to live in racially segregated and grossly inferior “group areas”, being forced to obey “pass laws” aimed at restricting their freedom of movement, being compelled to utilize inferior public facilities which were segregated on a racial basis, etc etc. No comparable discrimination against Arabs exists within the State of Israel.

    I would invite you to return to South Africa (I attended one of your concerts in Johannesburg in 2001) and to meet with prominent white and black South Africans (with some of whom I have personal connections) to learn more about the Apartheid era in this country, which I and many others fought, over many years, in myriad ways. You can contact me via my e-mail address, which is in the possession of The Algemeiner. I would be happy to show you around places of historic importance, including the Constitutional Court, the Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela’s old law office in downtown Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela’s former home in Soweto, etc.

    In the light of the recent convening of Israeli/Palestinian peace talks by the American Secretary of State, it would be a wonderful gesture on your part if you were to perform a concert (or concerts) in Israel and the Palestinian territory, and donate your fee for the shows to one or more of the organizations in Israel and/or the Palestinian Territory that are aimed at promoting dialogue and peace between the Israeli and the Palestinian peoples. And please, remove the Star of David from your inflatable pig. Give peace a chance, and do not become (or even appear to become) like the Fascist leader of the surrogate band on “In the Flesh”, who shouted “That one looks Jewish/And that one’s a coon/… If I had my way/I’d have the lot of you shot”.

    • G.S.

      “…the view that religion and state should be separate. On the whole I agree. But the Jews and therefore Judaism are a unique case.”

      Yes, Israel is unique. They have shielded themselves from legitimate criticism by putting their most sacred religious symbol on their flag. That makes it very easy to say, “You criticize our government, then you criticize our flag. You criticize our flag, then criticize Judaism.” Hence, you are anti-semitic.”

      I’m sorry, but I don’t accept that. If any other country’s government on the planet can be legitimately criticized without cries of bigotry and racism, so can Israel’s.

    • G.S.

      >the Star of David is NOT a symbol of the State of >Israel;

      Please explain to me how you can make this assertion when that symbol is on the flag. I’m sure I’m sure I’m just missing something.

  • Jenny P

    It astounds me how people, even well-learned, otherwise intelligent sounding people can blame a minority religious group of people that barely makes up 0.25% of the world population The Balfour Declaration finally gave us a small space that Jews have been paying for ever since. We’re continually the target of the world’s money problems, the Hollywood issues, the news programs, insults that we’re cheap and give no charity (based upon an anti-Semitic stereotype that commenced in the late 1500’s in Eastern Europe). My daughter began hearing Jew-hating taunts by the time she was 3. By the time she was 5, she’d been blamed for killing Jesus. When does the smallest minority group get to stop being the world’s biggest scapegoat?
    Even if Roger Waters really feels he is working toward peace, he should be astute enough to know that his words are being heard by thousands of people who agree with his rhetoric enough to do something really damaging, or to aide in doing something horrid.

  • Funny how some shallow narrow minded people who have
    one talent, fixate on one cause, and can not see around
    them what muslims are doing to Christians in Egypt and
    the African countries, Europe, and even the Palestinian
    territories. Palestinians have those with the same
    cruel ideology which the Sharia/Muslim Brotherhood are attempting to spread all over the world. Waters should know that if Israel were to go down, then the Muslim Brotherhood would come in, then God help us. Israel
    blocks it because they stand for the truth. Waters needs
    to wake up. He’s aiding the wrong cause.

    • Muslims are idiots. Israel has built a country from sand.
      Muslims still live in tents.
      They can learn so much from the Jews, but they are not smart enough to realize it. And, they are taught to hate from the day they are born.
      They treat women like 3rd class citizens…not even second.
      Stay strong and keep up the good work.
      And I’ve loved your band since the first time I heard it.

  • Mitzouko

    May I draw your attentn to the fact that in the Middle-Ages in Germany and Europe, in churches and paintings, Jews were depicted as pigs, not seldom. On the church where Luther nailed his famous theses a sow is shown, and Jews sucking it!
    And Luther’ s hateful atitude regarding Jews was passed on for centuries,

  • hmp49

    Sounds like he’s pissed his son married a Jew.

    I doubt he considers his grandsons to be Jewish, you can be sure they’re not being raised as Jews:

    “Also I have two grandsons who, I love more than life itself, their Mother, my daughter in law, is Jewish and so, in consequence, I’m told, are they.”

  • It seems to me that Walters is not ONLY anti-semitic, he is anti-God and enjoys sticking his finger in the very eye of God! God help him to find the truth!

    • No, it stands and IF that is not accepted…than OK!:-)

    • G.S.

      >he is anti-God

      I think what you mean to say is that he’s an atheist. Is that a new concept for you?

  • Julian

    I do not believe Walters is anti Semitic. Merely, like so many, a well meaning if misguided libertarian. .
    His view of Israel is based on an incorrect premise. He starts from the view that religion and state should be separate. On the whole I agree. However, the Jews and therefore Judaism are a unique case. Zionism in its purest form is simply the right to self determination for the Jews. As a liberal, Walters believes that by protecting these liberties he protects the Jews. However, as the Jews learned for the hundredth time in the 30s, words are cheap and true friends scarce.
    If a Muslim is persecuted, there are dozens of Islamic (secular or not) nations that would come to rescue their brethren. Likewise Christians. The Jews have no such protection. Without Israel as a strong, and most importantly Jewish Israel. Hence, without the guarantee that Israel exists and remains a Jewish state, all Jews thorough the world are at risk.
    Mr Walters. It’s easy to take the oral high ground from a position of safety and security. Not so straight forward when you’re a small minority in a world that through no fault of your own, but rather through hundreds of years of catholic and Islamic indoctrination, hates you.

    • gene613

      It was Martin Luther King,Jr. who stated that antiZionism is the new antiSemitism.The fine tuning and pretzel bending by apologists for antiSemites,whether or not they can sing,are as vapid as they are insincere.

    • Mitch

      I agree with you on the political explanation of how separation of church and state is not viable for Israel, given its unique position in the world. Nevertheless, I do not believe Roger Waters is anti-semetic for what apparently is strictly a political stance on Israel’s domestic policies. As a Jew, I agree with him (yes, I am a liberal), as I’m sure there are many Israelis who may agree too. I see nothing wrong with Mr. Waters’ criticisms and political views, as much as I can be critical of my own country without having to worry about being called a traitor.

  • Frank Adam

    When attacking Israel one attacks Jews in the same way that to attack the idea of an Italian or German state or the states themselves is to attack Germans and Italians as individuals and as a nation. The precedent is the Metternich remark, “Italy is a geographical expression.” In the modern world there are certain services that a people can only obtain by having a state of their own somewhere in the same way that at home each child should have a room or corner/cupboard to themselves.
    Roger Waters also objects to theocracies but the separation of the administrations of civil government and religion is a modern development and Israel has done that in a separate Chief Rabbinate. Even as UK has a separate C of E and Scotland’s “Kirk”.
    If Water’s real gripe is with Jews being both a civil nation besides a religion he has to equally criticise for fairness all the Arab states which, excepting Lebanon, have a clause privileging Islam in their constitutions.

    • G.S.

      “When attacking Israel one attacks Jews in the same way that to attack the idea of an Italian or German state or the states themselves is to attack Germans and Italians as individuals and as a nation.”

      There is no truth to this statement. It is completely plausible to “attack” (I’m assuming you mean that figuratively) a country’s govt. without doing so to it’s citizens. When people all over the world criticized George W. Bush, in no way did I take it personally. To the contrary, I stood right there beside them.

      Unfortunately, when you criticize Israel, it appears each and every citizen considers it a personal attack on him.

  • ArielSharon

    Roger Waters!
    You are like the Chinese WATER supply: dirty, brown (as for a Nazi) and full of s#@%!

  • Leslie Ackerman

    You can have Jewish friends and still espouse antisemitic views.In fact, that argument makes him sound truly idiotic! Many Jews (some self-hating ones) trump their left idiology over identity being anti-Israel. Personally, they make me a shame for the ignorance and avoidance of millennial history. I would un-circumcise them if I could!

    • David P

      As a Jew I cannot believe the intolerance many of you demonstrate in your arrogant comments to Roger Water’s letter. After speaking to many of my jewish friends today I was happy to learn that I am not alone in reacting like I do.

      • Makava

        An I will bet some of your best friends are Jewish too, but this I can promise you, you are most definitely any true Jew’s best friend at all.

    • Good Idea! All antisemites should be DE-Balled!!!

    • G.S.

      >trump their left idiology over identity being anti->Israel.

      I just want to make sure I understand you correctly. You’re admitting that you believe criticizing the Israel govt. is inherently anti-Semitic. If I’m wrong, please correct me.

  • Gary

    Some of my best friends …. know Jewish people.

  • Guy

    The most common defense of a racist : “Some of my best friends are…”
    You usually need that when you’re defense is not strong enough.

    Well, not everyone who can make good music is necessarily right. in this case, he is ignorant for the way and for his understanding of reality.

  • Ethics

    A racist and an idiot.

  • Blake

    I am astonished by the reactions to Waters’ post.
    I have attended The Wall show twice and though I cannot vouch for all the symbols referenced appearing on the pig, I can tell you that they ALL appeared in videos played during the show. One video shows these symbols being dropped from aircraft like bombs. My interpretation of this is that it illustrates the connection between religion, politics, economics and war.
    I believe that Waters is committed to the idea that war is a scourge on mankind that is not inevitable and that violence is often precipitated by those in positions of political, economic and/or religious authority who would claim that “it is unavoidable”.
    I do not believe that Waters’ viewpoints represent an intolerance of any person for their beliefs, but do relate an tremendous intolerance for war and of any artifice that fuels the desire for war.

    • Makava

      Funny how the most vehement defenders of the most rabid anti Semites always seem to overlook one nasty little detail, how these pillars of pure biased evil never, and I mean never attack the flip-side of this coin, not one of these despicable disgusting anti Semite defenders ever calls out the evils of of islam and what it represents, not one of these worthless self loving flatulent morons ever calls on the 68 countries that carry out the vilest theocratic rule on the planet but yet they all claim to be a friend to the Jewish people.

      With friends like this the Jews don’t need to worry about the inherent enemy they have in islam, its the filth and treachery that is in their own midst that they should be truly concerned about, Had the Jewish State of Israel not existed in today’s world, what would be there is another evil and vile intolerant islamic state hell bent on world domination, abuse of woman and gay’s, and the determination to continue the islamic intention of genocide against world Jewry.

      Waters is just a vile degenerate self loving pile of degenerate crap, nothing more but most likely with a lot less value to life, The planet is full of big money over opinionated bile spewing garbage like him, its nothing new and I will celebrate his demise when it comes.

  • It takes one to know one. If waters is a hater of anything or anyone that’s his business and his art. If you don’t like it don’t buy it. We and by that I mean everyone have suffered. Don’t accuse Mr.Waters of what we all are guilty of. We have the right to free speach, its a made up story (The Wall). Its not real, its for entertainment. Get over yourselves stay home and pray.I for one will be enjoying this short life we have because I don’t let other opinions bother me. The Wall concept is genius.

  • An American Jew

    Mr. Waters—when you single Israel out for special treatment and ignore the shortcomings of every other state and party to a conflict, then you are indeed an anti-Semite and all of the “my best friends are Jewish” comments you make just show how shallow and ignorant you are.

    The fact that many white slave masters had black children didn’t make their atrocities anymore palatable than the claim that you have Jewish grandchildren makes your atrocious behavior anymore palatable.

    Israel is not a theocracy in a sense of the word.

    The Star of David represent the Jewish people, not the state of Israel. A Blue Star of David over a white background with blue stripes represents the state of Israel.

    There is no Apartheid inside Israel or in the disputed territories for that matter and the accusation itself is an insult to all of the people of color who suffered under the oppression of Apartheid.

    • Shamgar

      Well said American Jew.

    • The perfect reply to an anti-semite. The statement “some of my best friends are Jews” is the prime indication of any anti-Semite.

      • Mitch

        I disagree. What else is he supposed to say? Nothing is good enough for you conservatives.

        Yes, I’m Jewish.

      • G.S.

        Yes, that’s an unfortunate cliche. But addressing only seven words of an otherwise valid and well written reply is the prime indication of someone who doesn’t have much of an argument to make.

    • Bob Jacobs

      I wonder if Waters is aware that Israeli doctors are crossing the border into Syria to treat those wounded by the Syrian terrorism against its own people.I am an American Jew who is also a Vietnam vet. I love Pink Floyd music but am having a difficult time separating the art from the artist. Can he identify any democratic nation in the Middle East besides Israel. I think not!

    • Ellen May

      You are the only one who pointed this out:

      “The Star of David represent the Jewish people, not the state of Israel. A Blue Star of David over a white background with blue stripes represents the state of Israel.”

      Symbols are potent.

      Roger Waters is clueless-a typical European when it comes to Jews. Easy to reside in the history-old comfort zone of anti-Jewry.

      Anyway, how would most Europeans really know Jews? Most are gone. England’s Jewish population is about a quarter of a million; France has the largest at 650 million. The rest of Europe has even less. Europe should embrace Israel. Europe got what they wanted all along–little or no Jews in their nations. If Israel ceased to exist, where are all these Jews going to go? Would there be another diaspora to Europe?

    • G.S.

      “The Star of David represent the Jewish people, not the state of Israel.

      A Blue Star of David over a white background with blue stripes represents the state of Israel.”

      What am I missing here? The only difference I can find is the word blue. If it’s blue, it represents the country? If it’s another color, it represents Judaism?

      As I’ve said in so many previous posts, it’s impossible to criticize Israel without attacking Judaism. What I can’t figure out is if that’s the intention.

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    roger said: “P.S. For the sake of some perspective. The inflatable pig that so offended young Alon has appeared at every Wall Show since September 2010, some 193 shows, yours is the first complaint. Also the pig in question represents evil, and more specifically the evil of errant government. We make a gift of this symbol of repression to the audience at the end of every show and the people always do the right thing. They destroy it.”

    It seems to me he is inciting to riot/hate by throwing a symbol of a pig with a Star of David into the crowd to be destroyed.

    I think even in his attempt to defend himself he manages to be hateful, arrogant and disgusting.

  • Another prick in the wall

    • Moses

      Apart from being a Jew-hater it seems he’s a downright liar as I see no images of the Crucifix or Crescent on the pig. Then again, Jew-hating and lying usually go hand-in-hand….Jew-hating disguised as intellectual posturing or defending the rights of ‘Palestinians’ is the most dangerous type.

    • Frumious Falafel

      That was beautiful Robin! Nice job. I’ll never forget that 🙂

    • esskay

      Another prick with no balls

  • I wonder what the reaction would be if he had put the symbol of some other religion, like the cross or the Muslim crescent, on a pig as a symbol of oppression. I bet there would have been a lot more fuss. And those symbols also appear on national flags, so the fact that the Star of David appears on a national flag makes it no different.

    By the way, Israel is not a theocracy in any sense of the word.

    • Potet

      He have done that too. Multiple times. The pig is different every time, and have been flying over the crowd almost 200 times. Symbols like the crescent moon of Islam, the christian cross, the Jewish star, the hammer and sickle and the dollar sign are portrayed in an extremely negative light in every show. MacDonald’s Mercedes and is portrayed kind of the same way. One can of course conclude that Roger Waters hates Muslims, Christians, Jews, capitalists, communists, fat people and people who drive Mercedes, but only if you have no idea what you’re talking about, or if you’re an idiot.

      Everybody who believes Roger Waters hate jews should really sit down, listen to the album, think about the lyrics, and if possible go to the show. It’s the best anti-nazi statement I have ever seen, if anything.

      But then again, that would force you to open your eyes.

      • Makava

        And I bet some of your best friends are Jewish too.

        • G.S.

          Something tells me, from all the vitriol you spew, that ALL – each and every – one of your friends is Jewish.

    • G.S.

      Those other symbols you mention are all used. The animation shows bombs dropping from crescents and crucifixes as well. If you were to actually witness one of the shows, as opposed to relying on intentionally omissive hearsay in religious publications, you would have known that.

  • R

    Roger left out the part where tells us all that “some of my best friends are Jewish”.

    Yeah…right.

  • David Groen

    Here is my response to Roger Waters’ “Open Letter”.
    From the time I was a teenager I enjoyed the music of Pink Floyd. Sadly, the devious and disingenuous behavior of Rogers Waters has so disgusted me that the very sound of the music has been tarnished. I am a Jewish man and the son of Holocaust survivors yet I will first make a point not connected to my personal background. To call Israel an Apartheid state is an insult to every person of color who suffered under the Apartheid regime in South Africa. The South Africans who were victimized were never given any opportunity to live as equals in the society and I dare say would have been happy to have received the rights that Israeli Arabs have been given in the past, including the opportunity to be members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament. And unlike the victims in South Africa, the so-called representatives of the Palestinians have unleashed terrorist attacks on Jews worldwide for decades, killing scores of innocent men, women, and children. Hamas controls Gaza, not Israel. The PLO stole from the West Bank Palestinians, Israel did not. Even when Israel has put restrictions on Palestinians, they have never been as active in keeping the people down as Fatah or Hamas have in their attempts to make terrorist activity against Jewish interests the number one business in the “occupied” territories.
    On a personal note, Mr. Waters, and I believe I speak for many Jewish people when I say this, I am on to you. You’re music, some of the most intelligent music I enjoyed in my early years reveals an intellect too advanced for you not to know the truth and reality. Your behavior and so-called cries for justice are merely an expression of a hatred for Jewish people and their right to live in a free and sovereign state. I have seen it too often in my life and I recognize the methods people use to hide their true motivations. I suppose you question the number 6 million as well? Maybe not publicly, that would be really bad for business, but most likely in the privacy of your own home. And it is very much about business isn’t it? That is why you have taken what was once the most successful non-commercial piece of pop culture and recycled it ad-nauseum. Because it sells. Well I am no longer buying it, for a true artist, like Alicia Keys or Sir Paul Mccartney, a gentleman whose shoes you can’t even shine, will take their true art and attempt to spread love and joy, not use their platform for self-serving, hypocritical, political revisionist history. I would tell you to learn the truth but we both know you do know the truth. You just have made the unfortunate choice to distort it and in the process destroyed every ounce of integrity you ever had.

    • henry buckhalter

      well said & well written David

    • Jody S

      Very well said. However, musical talent does not necessarily bring with it intellect and understanding in other matters. Prejudice has nothing to do with knowledge or facts. Maybe Roger Waters should be given a tour of Israel. Not because he deserves it but because the truth might penetrate through his prejudice. Unfortunately, he has influence over too many similarly uninformed minds. There is a wonderful Hungarian saying, applicable to Mr Waters. Roughly; if his ego would fall to the level of his IQ, he would die of shock

    • G.S.

      You were making some good points, but then negated them by attempting to extract things that were never indicated or even remotely implied, such as him being a Holocaust denier. To that you will say, “That’s not what I said, I said he probably questions the number” (and you’re absolutely right – I just made a false extraction from what you did actually say).

      >and recycled it ad-nauseum.

      Not that it’s even really relevant to the subject, but prior to the current ongoing tour which began in 2010, the Wall was performed one time in nearly 30 years (Berlin). I hardly think that qualifies as ad-nauseum.

      As far as business, do you have any idea what it costs to put on that show? I remember for the original tour (which I was fortunate enough to see), it was estimated at half a million PER NIGHT. Who knows what it comes to today, as the show seems to be even more elaborate. If it was all about money, he could easily do a much more scaled down show, still charge the same for tickets (and get it) and rake in infinitely more.

  • Frumious Falafel

    Wow — I’m embarrassed for him. I cringed as I read it. I won’t point out all its obvious deficiencies… but, hey, how about one offbeat phrase: “pro universal access to the law?”

    Um, ok. I haven’t the slightest idea what he means. Perhaps he means universal access to a good LAWyer? That makes sense. Perhaps he means, universal fairness under the LAW. ok there too.

    But this is the problem with someone who cannot think or write clearly, one cannot be too sure what they mean because they themselves aren’t that sure what they mean. They just “know they are right.”

    ok, one more quibble and then I’ll stop. He says, ”
    It is not.

    ANTI-SEMITIC or PRO NAZI”

    At the very minimum, shouldn’t that period be… not there? I would also have preferred, “It is neither Anti-Semitic or Pro-Nazi.” But hey, I guess one can’t expect decent grammar from Mr Waters. Sigh.

    • JF

      Sorry, Frumious, your grammar needs a little bit of correcting, too. The rule is “either-or, neither-nor,” so your statement must be “It is neither Anti-Semitic NOR Pro-Nazi.”

      • G.S.

        Don’t you love when you get to do that to someone pointing out someone else’s grammatical errors?

  • Rumpleforeskin

    BDS is clearly anti-semitic. Promoting negative actions and consequences against an entire race, culture, or nation, simply because they are their race, culture, or nation…is the exact meaning of racism. Waters is a jackass.

    Why is this guy even relevant? He is still living off his one album from 35 years ago. Write something new old man….

    • G.S.

      See, there it is again – the idea that disagreeing with Israel’s policies is inherently anti-Semitic. It’s been admitted to again, again and again – unabashedly so, as if it’s valid.

      “Promoting negative actions and consequences against an entire race, culture, or nation, simply because they are their race, culture, or nation…is the exact meaning of racism.”

      You’ve just stated that majority of countries are racist. I’m not arguing that point, that’s another discussion. I’m just making you aware of what you said, that’s all.

  • Rumpleforeskin

    The simple fact that a person feels needs to state that they have a “Jewish” friend or a “black” friend…tells me..they really dont. Do i tell my black friends that i have other black friends? When people say it, its used as some sort of proof. Having a Jewish friend in one means youre not anti-semetic.

    and p.s. roger..i regret going to your show. and i did have a complaint about your inferences. And im sure theres many others, that instead of going to the press, just rather not be bothered and will just wait for you to finally go away.

  • lisa cohen

    None proclaim their innocence so loudly as the guilty.

  • steve kollander

    no

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