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(JNS.org) El Al Israel Airlines said it promptly canceled a promotional package that appeared on its website for an August concert in Budapest by Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters—a vocal activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel—when it learned of the “sensitive issue” on Wednesday.

“This matter was brought to my attention yesterday afternoon,” Sheryl Stein, an advertising/public relations/social media manager for El Al, wrote in an email to JNS.org on Thursday. “Our Head Office received my email this morning and I am pleased to say this issue was resolved in a timely manner. On a regular basis, EL AL offers passengers packages to cultural events around the world. As soon as this sensitive issue was brought to our attention, the package was canceled.”

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Waters accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid” and “international crimes” in a November 2012 address at the United Nations, and last fall was also at the forefront of efforts to boycott an Israel Philharmonic Orchestra performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Richard Allen, head of JCC Watch, an organization that is calling for the establishment of new guidelines to prevent Jewish funding of activity that gives BDS a platform, said he was “very pleased” by El Al’s quick removal of the Waters package. JCC Watch is organizing monthly protests until it sees new Jewish community guidelines on BDS, in response to the recent scheduling of events with Waters and “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker, another high-profile BDS activist. The Waters event that was scheduled for this spring was ultimately canceled, but Walker appeared at the Y—which receives $900,000 in funding per year from the UJA-Federation of New York—in late May.

“We hope that El Al’s cancellation of the Waters package is an indication that other Jewish organizations, such as the 92nd Street Y and the UJA-Federation of New York, will stop the promoting and offering of Jewish institutions to be used to proselytize the BDS movement against Israel,” Allen told JNS.org.

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34 COMMENTS

  1. I have always loved pink floyd, Can't begin to say how disappointed I am , on reading this. I feel hurt and somewhat let down, Wish he had kept his views to himself. A ex Roger Waters fan. I love ISRAEL, Always have , Always will.

  2. Reading this makes me glad that I own nothing by Pink Floyd…and if I did…I'd have to get rid of it. I refuse to support anyone or any organization that works against the best interests of Israel and the Jewish people. Israel has 100% of my loyalty.

  3. you people commenting, love to hate. get over yourselves. he is entitled to his opinion and you yours. leave it at that and stop propigating hate and intollerance to other people opinions. you don't like it done to you…

  4. Pink Floyd music is great — AND — Roger Waters is a misguided hypocritical fool. It's not mutually exclusive.
    I also listen to Arab musicians whose music is amazing but I would not ask them of their opinions of Israel.

    As to El Al, good job 🙂

  5. Let's not confuse Roger Waters with Pink Floyd. He quit the band a long time ago due to the fact he was a controlling egotistical boob. Pink Floyd still rules

  6. floyd was just another rock band full of drug induced minds, hallucination on chemicals and driven by demons to pen words they call songs. so, we should even want to listen to them on something? i DONT TJINK SO…

  7. Lisa Liel , im a bit of an idiot , why ? For having an opinion that differs from yours ? I'd expect a better standard of criticism from someone who is in university .

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