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BDS supporting rock star Roger Waters hits back against vicious smears

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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 […]

Do SodaStream’s workers have the right to vote? Roger Waters asks Scarlett Johansson

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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 […]

Interview with Roger Waters: ‘It’s a duty for artists to speak out’

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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 Israel’s wall is ‘100 times more horrifying’ than Berlin wall

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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 […]

A note from Roger Waters to Abe Foxman

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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 […]

Roger Waters appeals to fellow musicians — Endorse the cultural boycott of Israel

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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 […]

Roger Waters joins Alice Walker in plea to Alicia Keys not to play Israel

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Alicia Keys ( 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 […]

’92d Street Y’ says Roger Waters appearance is cancelled — Updated

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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 […]

‘Do not stand silent. Do not retreat. Do not back down’: Desmond Tutu and Roger Waters call on UC Riverside to stand behind divestment vote

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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 […]

Jon Stewart can’t touch Roger Waters’s Palestinian work with a bargepole

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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 […]

‘I am looking to shed some light on the predicament of a beleaguered people’ — Roger Waters’s stirring speech to UNGA

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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 […]

Roger Waters urges Presbyterians to divest

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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 […]

New doc’y on Jahalin Bedouin expulsion goes up on Youtube, with Alice Walker, Roger Waters

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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 […]

Tell Kanye West: Don’t be ‘heartless’ — Don’t play apartheid Israel!

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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.

The Star of David is fair game

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Israeli A4 fighter jet with solo Star of David

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.