We’ve arrived at this happy situation for several reasons, among them the growing realization, as articulated by John Lydon, that there is something absurd about boycotting Israel when the states that surround it engage in egregious human rights violations.

Waters won’t play in Israel, but he was quite happy to play in Dubai in 2007 – an Arab city almost entirely built by slave labor imported from Muslim countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. If other stars grasp the appalling hypocrisy this represents, then having Roger Waters indulge his hatred of Israel at every opportunity is a price worth paying.

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Ben Cohen writes a weekly column for JNS.org on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics. His writings have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

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  1. Sarcasm aside? Why should anyone indulge in hatred of Israel? The Jewish democracy is a light onto the nations, n’est-ce pas? Everyone loves Israel, just like everyone prefers light over darkness. Aging rockers will eventually die. So will all of the anti-Israel (read anti-Semite) people and the light will shine all the brighter. Muslims will eventually love Israel…for did they not give refuge to the Jews during some of the most perilious times in their history? Love Israel, Love Jews… c’est la meme chose, n’est-ce pas?

  2. Pink Floyd came out with a song comfortably numb and one of their lyrics is lunatic is in the grass. Well, Waters is numb in the head and he is a lunatic in the grass and everywhere else. His own band mate, David Gilmore, can’t stand to be in the same room with the guy.

  3. Pink Floyd came out with a song comfortably numb and one of their lyrics is lunatic is in the grass. Well, Waters is numb in the head and he is a lunatic in the grass and everywhere else. His own band mate, David Gilmore, can't stand to be in the same room with the guy.

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