Musicians Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and Tunde Adebimpe, poet Michael Rosen, philosopher Judith Butler and political activist Angela Davis are among many high profile figures who have called on Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to cancel their concerts in Tel Aviv on November 19 and 20 this year.
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Roger Waters brought his national tour to New York this week. Tonight he is on Long Island, and regrettably the New York media have given a platform to Israel fanatics to smear the songwriter/bassist. Local TV stations have passed on outrageous statements, that Waters is an anti-Semite and that Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is bigoted.
“Boycotts have always been accepted as a legitimate form of nonviolent protest in the United States,” musician Roger Waters writes in the New York Times, from Montgomery, Alabama, buses to the North Carolina transgender restrictions. So it is perfectly legitimate to use this tool against Israel’s occupation. Waters’s 64-city tour has been marked by pro-Israel demonstrators.
Tune in Saturday, July 15 when the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) will be hosting a live web conversation with Roger Waters on his support for the cultural boycott of Israel and Palestinians’ rights.
Roger Waters on BDS: “Palestinians… should have equal rights. And that is my only beef. Just as all the people living in the US should have equal rights, all of them, regardless of their color, creed, race or religion– that is what I want for the Palestinians. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m not trying to destroy Israel.”
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.
Roger Waters tells the Independent that the Israel lobby has tried to smear him as a Nazi and an anti-semite for ten years because of his support for Palestinians, and that these tactics have stopped American artists from speaking out lest their careers ‘will be destroyed.’
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
Roger Waters posts an inspiring video of Palestinian children in occupied Bil’in who take measures to go to the sea they’re not allowed to visit, just 20 miles away
Howard Stern accuses Roger Waters of anti-Semitism and says Palestine was a “shithole” before Jews got there in an ugly rant on his radio show
Bon Jovi stands with the settler who burned the Dawabshe baby in the West Bank and the soldier who killed the four Bakr boys on the beach in Gaza, Roger Waters writes, assailing the band’s gig in Tel Aviv October 3
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
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd dared to express concern for the 500 Palestinian children slaughtered by Israel last summer in Gaza. “Progressive” Rabbi Avi Friedman says Waters is on drugs
For months, rock star Roger Waters has been the subject of vicious smears. His support for Palestinian rights has led Israel advocates to call him an “anti-Semite” who engages in “blood libels.” Now, Waters is hitting back. He explains his advocacy for Palestine in a Salon Op-Ed.
Scarlett Johansson was once “fiercely anti-neocon,” Roger Waters says on Facebook. So why is she lending her support to a colonial project?
Frank Barat talks with Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters about his support for the BDS movement and politics in Israel/Palestine.
Roger Waters says that leading Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth distorted its interview with him last month, to make him seem “combative” and “illnatured”
Palestinians are the victims in the Israel/ Palestine conflict, since 1948, Roger Waters says, and any effort to equate the parties is like blaming a woman for being raped
Roger Waters responds to an ADL open letter which said, “Water’s views on Israel are colored by offensive and dangerous undercurrents of anti-Jewish sentiment.”
Foxman says it’s frivolous for Roger Waters to say East Jerusalem is being ethnically cleansed. But what about the 14,000 Palestinians who have lost their residency status in the city since Israel occupied it?
Following BBC censorship of a pro-Palestinian message from Nigel Kennedy, and Stevie Wonder’s refusal to perform in Florida following the Trayvon Martin verdict, legendary Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to join the cultural boycott of Israel in order “to bring international attention to Israeli policies, and hopefully, to help bring them to an end.”
Roger Waters to Alicia Keys: ‘Others may try to persuade you that by playing in Israel you may magically effect some change… appeasement didn’t work with South Africa and it has not worked in Israel. I know I tried it ten years ago, things have only got worse.’
Roger Waters was scheduled to speak about his career on April 30th at the 92d Street Y in New York. From the 92d Street Y website: Please note: This event has been cancelled. We will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders. Update: Frank Barat of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine says that Waters initiated the […]