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
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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
Since becoming one of the most prominent faces in favor of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, rock star Roger Waters has come under vicious attack. Now, he’s fighting back. In an Op-Ed piece published by Salon, Waters, who made his name with Pink Floyd, hits back against supporters of Israel calling him a […]
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 […]
Dear Mr. Foxman, Thank you for your letter. I will try to address the points you make, in the order that you make them. With the general proviso though, that I am wary of, and wearied by any form of slanging match. Anti Semitism: I think I note a change in A.D.L.’s position on my […]
Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League has responded to Roger Waters’s appeal to the rock and roll community to boycott Israel with an open letter smearing him as an anti-Semite because he’s focused on Israel rather than Myanmar, China, Russia and Turkey. (By this standard Martin Luther King Jr. would have had to focus on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
This is great news: later this month the 92d Street Y is hosting Roger Waters, to have a look back over his career. The event appears to be sold out. I don’t see a moderator for the event. I imagine that Waters will talk about his Palestinian advocacy– for both the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, […]
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 […]
The Presbyterians are meeting in Pittsburgh today. They may vote on divestment resolutions starting today. And here is a stirring piece by Roger Waters in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette calling on the Presbyterian church to divest from three companies that do business in the occupation. What generosity of spirit: Waters says that when he wrote […]
and other news from Today in Palestine: Land, property theft & destruction / Ethnic cleansing / Restriction of movement JNF to forest-depopulate Bedouin village in Naqab in Wednesday AIC 1 May — The Israeli police informed residents of the Bedouin-Palestinian village of el Araqib that from Wednesday they will be providing security for bulldozers and […]
From Roger Waters’s “Wall” tour’s concert in Boston a few nights ago, a video of the song “Goodbye Blue Sky” with compelling imagery: bombers dropping Mercedes logos, dollar signs, and crosses on a city. Also a payload or two of Stars of David, which the video seems to linger on. And yes, you will see […]
Activists call on Kanye West to respect the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions and cancel his September 30 concert in Israel, a racist regime that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other veteran freedom fighters have described as worse than apartheid South Africa.
Once Israel used the Star of David symbol on the Israeli Air Force’s coat of arms and in the “kanfey tayis” (aviation wings), the coveted pin worn by IDF pilots, it lost the ability to claim that critics of Israel who use the traditional symbol of Judaism are anti-Semitic.
Sarah Aburamadan plays music to try and heal the damaged souls and psyches of some of the 326,000 children traumatized by Israel’s war on Gaza that killed 551 children. And Brazilian legend Caetano Veloso plans to play Tel Aviv on July 28? He should be helping Aburamadan.