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October 29, 2015 8:42 am

Jewish Human Rights Organization Calls on New Yorkers to Shun Roger Waters Concert; Theater Offers Refunds

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Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Roger Waters. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

A major international Jewish organization this week urged New Yorkers not to attend Friday’s performance by British rockstar Roger Waters at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) blasted the former Pink Floyd bassist, who is now nearly as famous for his promotion of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as he is for his music.

Waters — according to the statement, signed by Wiesenthal Center dean and founder Rabbi Marvin Hier and associate dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper — is an “entertainer who hates the Jewish State of Israel.”

The group was referring to Waters’ repeated attempts to pressure fellow artists into refusing to perform in Israel, or into canceling already booked gigs in the Holy Land. Among his targets were Jewish reggae star Matisyahu and Jon Bon Jovi.

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The SWC statement stressed that the BDS movement has “never helped a single Palestinian,” and only aims “to demonize and denigrate the lone democracy in the Middle East,” noting that Israelis across the political spectrum have condemned Waters’ support for the boycott of the Jewish state.

SWC Government Affairs Director Mark Weitzman added that Waters’ commitment to freedom of expression is mired in hypocrisy, since he considers it a “crime” to perform for ethnically and religiously mixed crowds in the Israel and opposes “anyone who wants to share their talents with the people of Israel.”

The SWC, therefore, called on New Yorkers “to give Roger Waters the reception he deserves: an empty hall.”

According to the Southampton Patch On Wednesday, the Bay Street Theater announced that anyone who wishes to boycott his sold-out performance will be given a refund.

Bay Street Executive Director Tracy Mitchell told 27east, a site calling itself “Your connection to the Hamptons,” that the theater is “committed to the right to free speech but also respects the rights of others who are offended by Mr. Waters’s scheduled show.”

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  • You sucked in the 70s and you still suck now. Your political crap never took hold and so it even more garbage than it was back then. Reagan and Thatcher were right, and deterred the Cold War from ever being hot. Douche Bag Liberals have nearly destroyed the country multiple times, please stop trying to save us lib dorks, you are killing us..

  • paddy

    It’s been a tricky matter for me, because I’ve loved Pink Floyds’ music since “Dark Of The Moon” first came out; but on hearing Waters’ views on the Jewish State, I haven’t been able to endure a note of it, and I fear this is likely to continue to be the case. However, my admiration for the music of Wagner has not diminished,in spite of his naked Anti-Semitism. I am aware there may be a contradiction here.

  • brenrod

    i am sure that all the jstreet jews will be there

  • YEA RIGHT not

    i am going to buy tickets because of this racist zionist organization called ” Simon Wiesenthal Center “,

  • William

    BOYCOTT ?! the very people WHINING about boycotts are the first to start boycotts.
    Then they wonder why there is “antisemitism” …….
    THEY CREATE IT !

  • art frank

    No Jew should see this drug addled scumbag anti-Semite “perform”.

  • Franklin Delano Paskutnik

    Please everybody don’t support this bigoted ,opinionated pain-in-the-butt and boycott his concert!His music is way past it’s sell-by date anyway and he is just trying to stay in the fading limelight by being “politically relevant” in unceasingly attacking our beloved state of Israel and supporting the murderous Palestinians.His support of the evil BDS movement will now hopefully boomerang on him.If,however,you do decide to go remember to bring a good supply of rotten vegetables to show Waters what you really think of him!

  • June Grant

    It is preferable not to employ Roger Waters’ own despicable tactics, but to remain absolutely silent and refrain from applauding at his performance.

  • Look, Waters is growing visibly older & his music may desert him one of these days. He needs to have another way to remain in the limelight. Pity the poor old man. Israel has survived many like him & will continue to do so.

  • Isaac Semaya

    Hy Roger Jackass Waters, you must hate the Palestinians much more that you hate the Jews. If you don’t understand what I am saying, I’ll tell you. Your ass kissing the BDS movement has forced companies who employ Palestinians, at the same pay rate as Israelis, to loose their jobs and income because those companies had to move out of the West Bank. So why don’t you admit that you hate Palestinians as much as you hate Jews.

  • Mickey Oberman

    Israel has found ways to purify water.

    But some Waters are too polluted to be cleansed.

    America has its Roger Waters.
    And now Canada is cursed with Justin Trudeau (Water Hole).

    The best way to handle such an inundation is with a flood of indifference as they thrive on notoriety.

  • Fred

    Roger Watters is a cretin.

  • Howard Wohl

    Just what we need – a boycott counter. To show that we are just as bad as our enemies? Because we too don’t believe in freedom. The SWC should stick to its knitting instead of nitpicking to show how their mission is all over the place

  • SteveHC

    It’s VERY nice of the theater management to offer refunds to anyone who bought tickets but who would like to skip this concert – which they should.

  • Colyn King

    Strange that Bay Street Executive Director Tray Miichell is committed to the right of free speech is hosting Roger Water is does not believe in free speech if it got anything to do with Israel.

  • Livin’ Out Loud

    Hopefully, some people won’t attend. His jealousy and anger have been around enough years to finally reach some people’s attention. This pained one must have gotten some bad acid from a Jewish person, who knows. Maybe the man who left him was Jewish? He’s pretty ugly inside – so it shows on the outside too.. His problems are pretty deep–sad. We need to stand for love, not hate. I’ve stopped listening to people like him and others that stand for hate. We need to stay far away from these toxic kind of folks. I make sure I speak up, and I promote loving ways and people. Please keep this in mind. Peace ✌?️

  • Haim Elie Malka

    I wish I had known from the start that Roger Waters was an anti-Semite,I would have never have bought any of the Pink Floyd music. I would certainly never attend any of his concerts nor buy any of his music, especially after having found out his views on The Jewish and The Jewish State of Israel.

    Haim Elie Malka

  • Francis Figliola

    That’s how to fight back. Don’t feed the pocket book of the Jew baiter(s) that give shelter and support to your murdering enemy! It’s past time to get off your collective butts!

  • Paula Goldman

    Boycott all performances of this vile creature. May he live in poverty if no thinking person attends his shenanigans. I give him the title of:” Putz of America”. Also, he should fry in Hell.

  • His who died on the beaches of Sicily with troops who would ultimately liberate the death camps is spinning endlessly in his grave.

  • Betty Schneck

    with voices like that one doesn’t have to hear him. He reeks of filth.

  • Mh8169

    The best way to fight Roger Waters is not to purchase any of his music, or attend any of his concerts. Hit him where it hurts the most: his wallet. He may have second thoughts about his pursuit into idiocy.

  • E Pluribus Womabt

    throw garbage at him

  • Just sent several pieces on this issue to you. As noted, if I can be of any help, please get in touch. I am a journalism professor at SUNY.
    Hi Brett,

    Here are some recent pieces by me on the issue. I’d appreciate if you might also forwasrd this to your colleagues at Stand With Us.

    On The Times of Israel — “Simon Wiesenthal Center Joins in Protest of anti-Israel Performer on Long Island” at — http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/simon-wiesenthal-center-joins-in-protest-of-anti-israel-performer-on-long-island/

    Also on The Times of Israel — “Uproar over anti-Israel performer on Long Island” at — http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/uproar-over-anti-israel-performer-on-long-island/

    On LIPolitics.com yesterday — “Picketing Roger Waters’ Bay Street Theatre Appearance Planned” — at http://www.lipolitics.com/blog/2015/10/28/karl-grossman-picketing-rogers-waters-bay-street-theatre-appearance-planned

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