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.

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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 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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.

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