Roger Waters calls on musicians to boycott Israel

on March 20, 2013, 12:53pm

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If you recall, back in December former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters spoke at the United Nations and accused the State of Israel of international crimes against the people of Palestine.

Now, he’s encouraging fellow musicians to boycott the country. Waters told Electronic Intifada (via The Daily Swarm): “I am about to publish an open letter written to all my colleagues in the music industry, asking them to join me in the BDS movement. This is not just to colleagues in the UK or US but around the world.”

Waters noted that he’s already convinced Stevie Wonder to cancel a performance in the country. “What caused me to write this public letter was an affair where Stevie Wonder was hired to play a gala dinner for the Israeli Defense Forces on 6 December last year,” Waters explained. “I wrote a letter to him saying that this would be like playing a police ball in Johannesburg the day after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. It wouldn’t be a great thing to do, particularly as he was meant to be a UN ambassador for peace. It wasn’t just me. Desmond Tutu also wrote a letter.”

He continued: “To his eternal credit, Stevie Wonder called them [the gala’s organizers] up and said “I didn’t quite get it” [and canceled the performance]. This happened one week after I made a speech to the UN. Neither of these events were reported anywhere in the mainstream media in the United States of America.”

According Electronic Intifada, Waters is also exploring the idea of releasing a single urging musicians not to perform in Israel, and plans to discuss the project with Steven Van Zandt, the guitarist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. Van Zandt previously assembled well-known musicians to record a protest song against apartheid in South Africa during the 1980s.


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Gaelic Neilson
March 28, 2013 at 4:50 pm

So glad that an artist of Roger Waters’ great talent is also a musician of conscience. Israel’s apartheid is even WORSE than South Africa’s ever was. It must end, there is no place for this type of injustice.

March 24, 2013 at 5:21 am

So let’s take away the freedom of speech and go an eye for an eye, then we’ll all be dumb and blind. We may as well be as any time someone says anything about Israel/ Palestine we call them a semite. Keep on talking Rogers, don’t hide behind the wall.

Steve Loeb
March 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

Apparently dementia has set in early for Waters as he now stands with those who would refer to the Jewish people as pigs and apes and incredulously asks others to join him. Or perhaps it just shows how little Waters knows about the issue and as a former fan I must say its embarrassingly ignorant.

John Lee
May 19, 2013 at 2:35 pm


March 20, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Poor senile has-been.

Joe Capuano
March 20, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Interesting that he’ll still play shows in America, a country which is responsible for millions of deaths around the world (as an American, I admit this fact but am still proud to live here). It’s all about the $$$ for this self-righteous anti-Semite.

March 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

yeah, let’s start throwing anti-Semite around. Everyone’s a little a delusional concerning Israel and Palestina, no matter which ‘camp’ (if any) you belong to.

walt kovacs
March 20, 2013 at 7:34 pm

if you are gonna use the roman name, use the whole one…syra palestina…which pretty much destroys the entire concept of palestine as a separate entity…or even an arab country

Steve Loeb
March 23, 2013 at 8:25 pm

How about we just use the phrase “incredibly ignorant to the point of embarrassment”


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