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Oh, Joy: Roger Waters Endorsing Anti-Israel Irish Education Package

"I have studied the education pack.. it is extremely well laid out, extremely informative and eloquent in a way that kids will understand..."
Roger Waters with Sadaka Board Members launching the Sadaka Education Resource on Palestine / Israel at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, September 17.

Roger Waters with Sadaka Board Members launching the Sadaka Education Resource on Palestine / Israel at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin, September 17.
Photo Credit: Sadaka

Aging British musician Roger Waters (founding member of Pink Floyd) has launched an education resource on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Dublin, in collaboration with the Irish solidarity group Sadaka – the Ireland Palestine Alliance.

Waters told a packed audience in Dublin that he “wholeheartedly endorsed” a teaching pack entitled “Palestine & Israel – How will there be a Just Peace?”

“Palestine & Israel – How will there be a Just Peace?” was produced as a joint initiative between Sadaka and the Curriculum Development Unit Education for Reconciliation Project. The resource is intended to support young people in critically exploring injustice and peace building within a framework of Human Rights and International Law. The resource meets Transition Year requirements in the Republic of Ireland and the Local and Global Citizenship curriculum in Northern Ireland.

Are you feeling that tingle of joy normally associated with love among peoples?

“I have studied the education pack.. it is extremely well laid out, extremely informative and eloquent in a way that kids will understand… all we can do is encourage our young people to approach life with open minds and to nurture the kernel that they all have within, which is concern for their fellow man,” Waters said at the event.

But wait, there’s more: Mairéad Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate, co-founder Peace People, Ireland, wrote: “I believe when young people see the suffering of others, they have a natural instinct to help, but often don’t know what to do. This valuable resource will give them the knowledge, which brings confidence and courage, to seek solutions based on nonviolence and human rights. It is a necessary tool of education for young people living in an age fast moving from the false belief that violence and war works, to one based on the law of love, dialogue and International Law.”

Ah, the power of unbiased truth…

Marie Crawley, chair of Sadaka, said that Waters’ endorsement of the pack is “immeasurable in its importance and will be hugely influential with young people around the country as we encourage schools to use this resource.”

Here are some of the nuggets Irish students will get from this package of truth:

Lesson 3 includes a timeline of events. It actually acknowledges the Holocaust—which won’t sell so well in any Arab market—but it also does the dripping thing – entering small lies into the “information” to end up eventually with a seemingly ironclad case. It turns out, according to this timeline, that the reason there was disagreement on the part of the Arabs with the UN partition plan of 1947, was that it unfairly gave the Jews more land than they were entitled to, demographically.

The whole throw the Jew into the sea thing is miraculously absent here…

Here’s a link to the PDF version of the package – read it for yourself. But if you need a poignant example to take away from this educational experience, I would just offer here, verbatim, the complete list of recommended books for the truth seeking Irish student. It represents a gallant effort to present both points of view: the view that all Israelis are murderous monsters, vs. the view that all Israelis drink the blood of babies:

Books

Carter, Jimmy (2006) Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. New York: Simon and Schuster

Chomsky, Noam and Pappe, Ilan (2011) Gaza in Crisis: Reflections on Israel’s War against the Palestinians. London: Pengiun Books

Finklestein, Norman (2003) Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict. New York: Verso Books

Karmi, Ghada (2002) In Search of Fatima: A Palestinian Story. New York: Verso Books

Pappe, Ilan (2007) The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: Oneworld Publications

Shlaim, Avi (2000) The Iron Wall: Israel and the Arab World. London: Pengiun Books

Thomas, Mark (2011) Extreme Rambling: Walking Israel’s Separation Barrier. For Fun. London: Ebury Press

Yes, Virginia, a theme emerges…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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16 Responses to “Oh, Joy: Roger Waters Endorsing Anti-Israel Irish Education Package”

  1. Danielle Combs says:

    Perhaps a frustrated Jewish man?

  2. Perhaps a frustrated Jewish man?

  3. Shemayah Shiloh Phillips says:

    This is your brain on drugs.

  4. This is your brain on drugs.

  5. This is your brain on drugs.

  6. Shirley Gruenhut says:

    So now Waters considers himself an educator, orator, politician, policy maker, feh – he’s nothing more than a festering pedantic prickless pustule. I spit on him.

  7. Sharon Barks says:

    Waters is finishing off a wain ing career. Good rids-

  8. Anthony Kent says:

    The Irish Establishment may be Anti-Israel, but Jews are well treated in Ireland. Having worked and visited there, a lot safer wearing a kippah in Dublin than Paris.

  9. Anonymous says:

    another "Cut and Paste Card" they could include is 1945 Ireland sends Germany its condolences on the news of the death of ****ler

  10. Anonymous says:

    another "Cut and Paste Card" they could include is 1945 Ireland sends Germany its condolences on the news of the death of ****ler

  11. Lee Smith says:

    when you live in boston you learn just what an ignorant bigoted people the irish are

  12. Lee Smith says:

    when you live in boston you learn just what an ignorant bigoted people the irish are

  13. Rose Galston says:

    Soooo Waters life has turned to DUNG….???…what's left than to blame all woes of the world on the Jews???….Sound Familiar???

  14. That pisses me of , I always liked that cnut , time to get rid of his crap in my collection too.

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