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Roger Waters, BDS Advocate Against Israel, at 92nd St Y in April

Roger Waters, one of the biggest promoters of BDS - the economic warfare movement against Israel - is slated to appear at the 92nd St. Y in April.
Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame promotes hatred and boycotts of Israel.

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame promotes hatred and boycotts of Israel.

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According to the Facebook Page of the 92nd Street Y, on March 22, 1874, the Young Men’s Hebrew Association was formed.  But a quick look at its current website shows that Roger Waters, former front man for the rock group Pink Floyd, and currently one of the  biggest haters of Israel outside of the Middle East, will be appearing at the 92nd Street Y late next month.

Waters is one of the best known of the small group of celebrity advocates for the economic warfare movement against Israel known as the BDS movement.  BDS stands for the boycott of, divestment from, and sanctions against the Jewish State of Israel.

Not only does Waters refuse to perform in Israel, but he also delights in placing enormous pressure on colleagues in the arts world to renege after agreeing to perform in or for Israel.

Just last year the musical superstar Stevie Wonder had agreed to appear at a fundraiser for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces gala in Los Angeles, in December.  Suddenly, shortly before the event, Wonder cancelled his participation, with the awkward explanation being that he is a “messenger of peace for the United Nations.”

At the time, the national director and CEO of the FIDF, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, wrote in a press release that the “FIDF is a non-political organization that provides much-needed humanitarian support regardless of religion, political affiliation, or military activity.”

Many concluded that some officials at the U.N. had dissuaded Wonder from performing at the FIDF fundraiser, although restrictions are not imposed on U.N. ‘messengers of peace.’

However, Roger Waters recently bragged that he played a critical role in convincing Wonder not to perform at the L.A. FIDF benefit. Despite the Wonder no-show, that FIDF benefit raised more than $14 million.

There are also reports that the aging rock musician intends to convince others to join with him in a musical venture to promote his anti-Israel efforts.

Waters recently issued a statement, filled with inaccuracies, comparing Israel to Apartheid South Africa, and explaining why he believed Israel should suffer the same fate.  He said, according to a JTA report,

I think that the kind of boycott that was implemented against the apartheid regime in South Africa back in the day is probably the most effective way to go because the situation is that the Israeli government runs an apartheid regime in Israel, the occupied territories and everywhere else it decides. Let us not forget that they laid waste most of Lebanon around the time I started getting involved in this issue. They destroyed airports, hospitals, any public buildings they could.

The event featuring Waters at the 92nd Street Y is called, “A conversation with Roger Waters.”

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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118 Responses to “Roger Waters, BDS Advocate Against Israel, at 92nd St Y in April”

  1. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    may piss be upon this Jew-hating freak. So, he thinks because he had a huge hit album that he is the authority on Jews and Israel. I hope no one shows up or they boo him and hiss and throw tomatoes….DREK Waters…another dick in the wall.

  2. Jeff Kletman says:

    LOL

  3. Jeff Kletman says:

    Unbelievable. It is a scary time. 2013 and we're still dealing with this crap.

  4. Michael Harris says:

    Roger's brain went comfortably numb a long time ago.

  5. shouldn't someone invite him here and show him another side of the age-old story.. rather than pouring invectives all over him? He is a great musician and songwriter and I'd prefer that he had at least a balanced opinion…

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    Waters must keep up his uninformed rant to remain in the spotlight. That is one thing all the glory hounds have in common, the need to continue somehow, anyhow to fight against sliding into oblivion.

  7. he took a lot of drugs and he was stupid to begin with. the brain damage and low IQ combination produced this miscreant.

  8. Jennifer Badani says:

    I wonder if Drek Waters has any clue about what's happen in countries like.
    Sudan. This is where there's War Children, because Arabs are taking out oil from that country and leaving the African poor. Also young African girls are being sold into slavery and sent to countries such as Kuwait and Saudi. They're forced into prostitution. But instead Drek Waters is bend on Israel.

  9. Yechiel Baum says:

    he should not be allowed entrance to the Y and if he was invided, cut all funds to the "Y" and use those funds for the betterment of Jews.

  10. Nanette CohenRayman says:

    he's a stupid man…and I am not scared of him…i am angry..he needs to crawl into THE WALL

  11. Lori… get your facts straight. If you knew anything about Roger Waters, you would know he definitely does NOT promote hated of anyone! Shoddy journalism!

  12. Lori… get your facts straight. If you knew anything about Roger Waters, you would know he definitely does NOT promote hated of anyone! Shoddy journalism!

  13. Farley Darling says:

    this article is complete hogwash..and the way the photo makes a faux emphasis on the hammer armband and loudspeaker is clearly to hint at antisemitic undertones which Roger has none of. One of the most influential and charitable people in the world attacked when they don't support Zionist beliefs is another reason to do away with the powers that be, the market forces, and those who publish such rubbish in the guise of journalism.

  14. Matt Leonard says:

    you obviously believe everything you read and have no clue who Roger Waters really is.

  15. Matt Leonard says:

    How is Roger stupid? He has no interest in scaring anyone. You have no idea what The Wall is about.

  16. Matt Leonard says:

    thats just your opinion.

  17. Matt Leonard says:

    Jeff Kletman don't believe everything you read. this article is very slanted and framed poorly. Roger is quite the opposite he just believes that Palestinians suffered enough occupation. I have no opinion on the subject but I can tell you for sure this article is not fully accurate.

  18. Matt Leonard says:

    He probably knows more about than you do. Hes been there. Have you?

  19. Matt Leonard says:

    Another thing Nanette… Rogers Dad was killed fighting the Nazis. Roger is so far from being a Jew hater. Get your facts right. You're all brave with your comments here but you wouldn't dare say it to his face. …and to piss on another human?? That's just vile.

  20. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Yonatan – he is one of the biggest proponents of BDS, he WON'T go to Israel, only to what he calls "Palestine." He not only refuses to visit Israel, but tries to convince all other artists not to do so also because of what he calls Israel's Apartheid practices. The invective didn't start until after he refused to pay attention to facts and instead decided to economically harm Israel in every way within his abilities.

  21. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Tell us, Matt, who is Roger Waters, and why does he hate Israel with such fervor that he is assembling a group of other famous musicians to falsely "inform" people who listen to their music that Israel is an evil, depraved state that deserves to be dismantled. And please, use sources specifically about his views on Israel.

  22. Matt Leonard says:

    I'll note that he's been to Israel and performed there many times before.

  23. I never liked this band anyway, so this is just another reason to dislike them.

  24. Matt Leonard says:

    He's never said he hates Israel. Where does he say that? Whats your source? He hates the oppression. He clearly states this in his concerts and most recently, The Wall. Hs believes the land that is Israel was once Palestine and historically he would be right. He is not against Jews in general.

    The fascist character and portion of The Wall that you so badly framed out of context is about the fear instilled in people because they've been told how to be, feel or act. that made up these bricks in an emotional wall built to protect himself… it turned out to do himself in and he realized it cannot go on that way. Please, do research on The Wall. Seriously. I'm not going to do your homework.

    I'll admit Roger is not clearly thinking this issue through and probably should keep ot himself, but he feels strongly enough… Roger has performed many times in Isreal in the past.

    I don't like your slant. You are being unfair and totally unbalanced. Historically speaking about Roger, he opposes oppression, period.

  25. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Well, thanks for explaining how little you know about the conflict also. Waters hasn't performed in Israel since 2005, and he won't and tries to persuade everyone else not to as well. Perhaps he (and you?) preferred it before the separation fence was built, when thousands of Israelis AND Arabs were blown to bits by terrorists – which the fence has almost completely stopped – but most people I know prefer breathing to death. I will be happy to meet with you and explain the facts when you are ready to hear them. And maybe then you can help your hero understand them also. Also, just fyi, I had nothing to do with the cover photo.

  26. Lori Lowenthal Marcus says:

    Matt Leonard: you protest too much. The lies Waters promotes about Israel constitute the promotion of hatred. The journalism isn't shoddy – find a flaw, please! The promotion of hatred of Israel by Roger Waters is what is hateful. Maybe you can help him understand the facts.

  27. Tim Riks says:

    this is sick that Roger Waters is allowed to be here, Roger Waters is the #1 enemy to the Jews in the US< why is he allowed to speak at a Jewish Y.

    Are those Jews at that Y going to allow him to speak there?

  28. Kimberly Eirdosh Caamano says:

    " he WON'T go to Israel, only to what he calls "Palestine", geez, having a problem with 'recognition' there Lori?

  29. Kimberly Eirdosh Caamano says:

    Lori Lowenthal Marcus, you are clearly uneducated on Roger's position to support the BDS movement. You are continuing to spread falsifications on the matter and your credibility is nil. To quote Roger from an article published in 2011, 'My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. This is not an attack on the people of Israel. This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.' In no way has Roger ever stated that he hates Israel, that is something you and your people are making up. Anyone who disagree's with Israel and supports BOTH an Israeli and Palestinian state, and I have seen this numerous times on his facebook page, automatically becomes 'anti-semitic'…this is ridiculous and false. I have attached the article so that you can have a better understanding of what Mr. Waters intentions were. Not what you have painted him as some raving nazi lunatic. You may want to retract some of your 'lunacy' that is presented in your article.
    Kind regards, ~Kimberly http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/11/cultural-boycott-west-bank-wall

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