When it comes to aiding Israeli Apartheid, American Express is just another brick in The Wall, according to a new report. Roger Waters, lead singer behind Pink Floyd, lost a multimillion dollar American Express sponsorship for his 2017 US+Them tour after expressing solidarity this month with Palestinian students trying to end Israel’s apartheid system of military occupation using the same protest tactic that helped dismantle South African Apartheid (and, earlier, America’s Jim Crow): Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS.
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Roger Waters responds to Paul Bronfman’s threat to withdraw gifts from York University in Toronto over a mural showing Palestinian resistance by explaining that the Jewish community is shifting away from the “hatred” and “bigotry” expressed in Bronfman’s letter to the school
Roger Waters appeals to the “collective beating heart” of the French people to oppose anti-Palestinian discrimination, in the wake of a French court upholding criminal charges against protesters who support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel
Legendary Brazilian artists and political activists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are scheduled to perform to an already sold out crowd in Tel Aviv on July 28. Brazilian and international BDS activists have implored the artists to cancel their performance. Read a letter from Roger Water to Veloso on why he should cancel the concert.
“My own decision to join BDS was formed by my experience in front of the Apartheid Wall that this and previous Israeli governments have built, and continue to build,” Roger Waters tells Alan Parsons, but Parsons played Israel on Feb. 10, saying he was an artist and didn’t get involved with politics. Then he resorted to ad hominem attack
Tonight Scarlett Johansson will roll out her support for an Israeli settlement project with a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream (which even the Financial Times says is stilted and off). Meantime, Neil Young is going to play Israel, ater a 15 year absence. “VIP tickets are going for 1,400 shekels.” Roger Waters says he has […]
A conversation with Roger Waters Phone interview recorded on 4th December 2013 By Frank Barat for “The Wall has ears” Listen to full audio version of interview here. Frank Barat: When did you make the decision to make the « Wall tour » (that ended in Paris in September 2013) so political ? And why did you dedicate the final […]
Roger Waters says that a leading Israeli newspaper misquoted him, removing his advice to Benjamin Netanyahu that he should look for the next F.W. de Klerk, the South African president who moved to end apartheid. The published interview simply had the musician and activist telling Netanyahu to look for an Israeli “leader.” Waters has released […]
The Institute for Middle East Understanding has published a translation of an interview with Roger Waters by Alon Hadar that appeared in Hebrew in the September 18, 2013 issue of Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper. Waters is a highly controversial figure in Israel because he has vigorously supported the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) call. Here are […]
Roger Waters at the Separation Wall in 2006. (Photo: War on Want) 18th August 2013, Warsaw To My Colleagues in Rock and Roll: Nigel Kennedy the virtuoso British violinist and violist, at The Recent Promenade Concerts at The Albert Hall in London, mentioned that Israel is apartheid. Nothing unusual there you might think, then one […]
Alicia Keys (picturesdepot.com) Dear Alicia Keys I read today Alice Walker’s eloquent and moving entreaty to you in her open letter. It is hard to add anything except to implore you to follow all the links she has directed you to. To introduce myself to you, I am a fellow musician, my name is Roger […]
Tonight the University of California Riverside Associated Students will vote on whether to rescind a March 6th vote in favor of divestment from Caterpillar and Hewlett Packard for their involvement in the Israeli occupation. If the vote to rescind passes the divestment resolution to a new vote. This move comes after a month of intense pressure […]
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook On Monday night, Jon Stewart’s show was nervy, as usual. It ran a wonderful piece savaging CNN for gutting investigative journalism. It made fun of griping about Obama’s almost all-white-male braintrust. It quoted Paul Krugman […]
Editor: When the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade Palestine’s status to observer non-member state on November 29, many people buzzed about Roger Waters’s speech to the body. The speech was noteworthy for its celebration of the principle of self-determination, for its justification of Palestinian resistance to occupation — We all would resist, even President […]
Saturday in New York was a special day. Two halls on either side of downtown were jammed with leftwingers for whom Palestine has become a central issue. What Central America was in the 80s or South Africa in the 90s– the Palestine moment is now. The Russell Tribunal on Palestine was in the great Hall […]