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Roger Waters Rips Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young over Israel

By: JTA
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Roger Waters assailed actress Scarlett Johansson for working with SodaStream and musician Neil Young for his planned performance in Israel.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the former Pink Floyd front man said he was making a public plea to Johansson and Young after writing to them privately in recent days.

Waters has publicly called for boycotts against Israel and made personal pleas to artists not to perform in Israel. Young is scheduled to perform in Israel in July.

Johansson last week ended her relationship with the human rights group Oxfam following a protracted debate over her role as spokeswoman for the Israeli company SodaStream, which has a factory in the West Bank. The factory employs Israeli and Palestinian workers.

In his public letter, Waters said Johansson’s “choice of Soda Stream over Oxfam” is  “an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it hard to rationalize.”

The letter cites alleged human rights abuses by Israel against the Bedouin living in southern Israel and poses several questions about how Palestinians live under Israeli rule in the West Bank.

He concludes his letter, which mostly is directed at Johansson, by saying, “Scarlett, you are undeniably cute, but if you think SodaStream is building bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.”

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27 Responses to “Roger Waters Rips Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young over Israel”

  1. I wish on him a disease that only an Israeli doctor has a cure for.

  2. Shakir, it was the Romans. Did you not get the memo?

  3. Roger Waters is a schmuck!

  4. Hard to believe! Pink Floyd. Dustin Hoffman. Roger Waters. These are our mentors and policy makers? Heaven Help us! Artists yes, but, do they know right from wrong? Why should anyone listen to them? So: why should we boycott Israel? Forget Palestinians refugees, flotilla and other nonsense. The real reason is, what it always was since the beginning of times. We hurt Jews. It’s an old tradition. Why wish our tormentors an illness only an Israeli doctor can cure (so romantic!) when we can pray, quite simply, for the demise of our enemies and all who wish us evil? That daily prayer is listed clearly in the Siddur. Gd is Patient, and so should we be.

  5. The 60s (and even the 70s) were fun, and causes made us feel important, and perhaps we accomplished some things. But those days revived won’t make you young or vital again, Roger. Taking the side of everyone perceived as a David doesn’t make them so. Put down the Acid and consider reality.

  6. Moshe Zucker says:

    The wall should fall on that anti Semites head

  7. Roger…. go back to being comfortably numb…the rest of the world will be better off……

  8. Paul Gherkin says:

    The 1967 “Borders” were never borders and were never intended to be borders. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhnnZu42wYQ

  9. Paul Gherkin Thank you for sending! Remarkable. Wondering how I never heard about this clip. I’m sharing.

  10. WHY Is this his Business?? This is One Problem in this World. People Sticking their Nose where it Doesn’t Belong!!

  11. Elaine Fox says:

    Perhaps he could boycott Chinese products. Chinese abuse of human rights is well known.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Unify Israel…Like a bridge over troubled Waters.

  13. Romans did not Jews

  14. If we had to boycott every criminal country, we wouldn’t even have air to breathe!

  15. Edward Lobel says:

    roger waters should be flushed down the toilet with all the other poop!

  16. Chaim Szmidt says:

    Roger, you are undeniably a bigoted, pompous, ignorant idiot, but if you think that showing off your bigotry and lack of a rational mind will bring your career to where it once – long ago – was, you are undeniably not paying attention!

  17. STFU Roger! You’re an anti semite ass! Palestinians downtrodden? Bull****! First there are no Palestinians. Those in the Gaza strip are expatriate Egyptians. Secondly, the only reason Israel places restrictions on the residents of Gaza is because of Hamas, No other reason, you chuda head! Get your facts straight, moron. Also, show me evidence that can be confirmed that the poor downtrodden that are living there are indeed living there. I want proof. I want pictures. I will never buy or listen to another Pink Floyd song again!

  18. Ken Man says:

    You give this silly old twat more traction than he deserves

  19. Their Eyes are shut that they may not see their ears are blocked that they may not hear ! All these things need to come to pass ! But God forgive those through whom they come. Pray for Him and those that follow this line against Israel. We know the outcome; for those that do not support Israel, and that is in G-ds hands not ours. The end out come is destruction for those that do not.

  20. Jo Torres says:

    Why does he think his opinion is so important?

  21. What does a has-been musician think qualifies him to comment on world affairs and expect anyone to give credence to his views?
    Roger, take another toke and chill out.

  22. Barry Jones says:

    This is the balloon who brought out an album encouraging children to revolt against being educated. He may be unhaooy about bricks in the wall but he should pay more attention to the bricks in his 'uninformed' head'

  23. Barry Jones says:

    Unhappy /Typo (must get another keyboard

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