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October 27, 2013 2:23 pm

Simon Wiesenthal Center Calls on Daily Show Host to ‘Give the Jon Stewart Treatment’ to Roger Waters

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A major Jewish human rights group has called on the organizers and a performer at the major annual Stand Up For Heroes charity event, to speak out against rock and roll legend Roger Waters, who is scheduled to appear at the function, for contributing to anti-Israel and anti-Jewish hate.

“According to a study commissioned by the Ebert Foundation, 150 million Europeans harbor extreme anti-Israel and or anti-Jewish views,” Rabbi Abbraham Cooper, Associate Dean at the Simon Wiesenthal Center told The Algemeiner. “Roger Waters contributes to such hate.”

“At the minimum, the organizers of this charitable undertaking should call out Waters for parading the pig with a Magen David (Star of David),” Cooper continued, referring to a controversy earlier this year, in which Waters was called out for parading an inflatable pig emblazoned with a Star of David at his concerts. At the time Cooper described Waters as “an open hater of Jews.”

“In America at least, publicly calling out hate is the best disinfectant,” he continued.

The Stand Up For Heroes event, now in its 7th year, is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival and will take place on November 6th at Madison Square Garden in New York. The event is set to feature performances by Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Roger Waters and other surprise guests, according to the evening’s organizers.

Calling on The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, who is Jewish, to similarly voice objection of the former Pink Floyd bassist’s attitude towards Israel Cooper said, “Come on Jon– give the Jon Stewart treatment to Waters and his pig, he’s earned it…”

In January of this year Waters appeared as a guest on The Daily Show. Although Waters’ activism was discussed, Stewart was roundly criticized for not bringing up his anti-Israel views. “Stewart asked specifically about Waters’s political activities, but failed to bring up Waters’s most controversial political cause: his radical campaign against Israel,” wrote Joel Pollak at

“Waters has done far worse than spew tedious, hackneyed anti-Israel slanders such as comparing Israel to apartheid South Africa and calling for a cultural boycott. He has also taken his case against Israel to the United Nations, telling the UN that Israel was ‘guilty of a number of international crimes,’ including ‘ethnic cleansing.’ He also told the UN that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories was like the Nazi occupation of Europe,” Pollak said.

In August Waters penned a formal letter to “my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll,” which encouraged other artists to engage in a cultural boycott of Israel. “Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel,” he wrote at the time.

The letter prompted harsh criticism from members of the Jewish community, including Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli who tweeted, “Roger Waters, you should remove my picture from videos at your concerts. If you’re going to boycott, then go all the way.”

Last week, Algemeiner blogger David Mackler called on Stewart and Jerry Seinfeld who is also Jewish not to perform with Waters. “Roger Waters is a staunch advocate of boycotts against Israel, and he has continuously disparaged, degraded, and slandered both Jews and Israel in furtherance of his cause. It is time that educated Jewish celebrities such as you abandon complacency, and begin to speak up,” he wrote.

An online petition launched by Mackler calling for the celebrities to speak out, has attracted 158 signatories as of the time of publication.

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  • Golum

    Is Jon totally clueless about What Waters has been doing in regards to Israel??? Anti-Semitism…pro terrorists???

    He really said…”You’re a GOOD Man Roger Waters”!!!!!

    I’ve always liked Jon Stewart and don’t believe he’s an anti-Israel Jew…but what the

  • David M.

    Of course, Roger Waters must be accused of antisemitism… anyone who dares to criticize Israel’s apartheid in the West Bank and human rights abuses against Palestinians must be slandered. Clearly, the Simon Wiesenthal Center is more interested in promoting a Zionist political agenda than actually fighting real antisemitism. Instead of believing what other people tell you to think about Roger Waters, how about actually reading his words and deciding for yourself… you might realize he has a point.

    • Ella V.

      Here you spewing your hate not talking facts.

    IERESA HEINZ DONATED MILLIONS TO MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD. and now through a conduit called ‘tides foundations’.


  • E Pluribus Beagle

    Just demand that all the freed terrorists be sent to live with Jon Stewart’s family.

  • I am asking all the people who loves Isreal to stop all the donations to the Obama campaign. Because he released murderers who spilled American blood in foreign countries.But he refuses to release Pollard.Isreal don’t trust him why should we.

  • R

    The most effective way to treat ROGER WATERS is to ignore him.

    Let him drown, quietly, in his own ostracism of Israel.

    Strike his name from every list of “entertainers” in the world.

    Let him become OBSCURE.


    Roger Waters…WHO???…who’s he?

  • Chaim

    Complain to the show’s organizers about their use of Waters by emailing them at:

  • Chaim

    Don’t waste your time with Jon Stewart. He’s an Israel hater. Just watch his October 28, 2009 Daily Show interview with notorious Israel hater Anna Baltzer and Mustafa Barghouti. Stewart just gushes over his guests and never once challenges them on any of their obvious lies and distortions of truth and fact. Stewart just gobbles it up, leaving me to surmise that, given I know he’s an intelligent, educated man, he shares the anti-Israel hatred of Baltzer and Barghouti. Certainly I am unaware of Stewart ever having a pro-Israel person on his show where Stewart did not lob hard questions at them about Israel. But with Baltzer and Barghouti, he was a lap dog.

  • Jet Blue should end its association with the Bob Wooldruff foundation as long as it continues to support the sociopath Roger waters

  • Joy

    I hope someone has the temerity to say something to waters or simply refuse to be on the same program. A golden opportunity.

  • Joy

    It is often too little, too late. But this time it would be a golden opportunity to make a voice heard. I do hope someone has the temerity to say something to Waters or not perform with him.

  • Harvey

    Criticism of Israel is one thing but Waters crossed a boundary between legitimate criticism and antisemitism when he addressed Baroness Deech as Baroness Deech ( nee Fraenkel ) thus spotlighting her ethnicity , Fraenkel being a fairly common Jewish name . Baroness Deech had previously expressed her concern to the BBC regarding Nigel Kennedy s criticism of Israel during his Proms concert . Waters subsequent letter made it clear that Deech by virtue of her ethnicity had a vested interest in the affair .
    From this nasty little nudge and wink to his fellow BDS , I have no doubt that Waters is an antisemite . The PSC have done their best damage limitation by editing the nee Fraenkel to no avail .