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Roger Waters Proves Hypocrisy of Israel Boycott Advocates

Roger Waters, formerly of rock band Pink Floyd fame, has learned how absurd it is to demand that speech be shut down, and has come to see the virtue of open-mindedness and tolerance. At least when it comes to his own speech and tolerance for his own brand of intolerance.
Roger Waters, anti-Israel advocate, wants Israelis to shut up and be shut down everywhere, but he wants to be able to say that any where.

Roger Waters, anti-Israel advocate, wants Israelis to shut up and be shut down everywhere, but he wants to be able to say that any where.

On April 3rd, my publicist in NY received a phone call from Susan Engel, the Director of Lectures at the 92Y, cancelling my re-scheduled engagement without explanation. She did leave a telephone number which we called, but it was only an answering machine with the message that 92Y was closed for Passover. We left messages asking to talk to Susan Engel but have so far received no reply.

I have since been made aware of rumblings on the net suggesting that resistance in the local Jewish community to my coming engagement may have had something to do with its cancellation. If that be the case it saddens me. In these troubled times, opportunities for serious, measured discourse are too precious to be discarded on the altar of sectarian prejudice. Not to talk is not an option.

Waters is saddened that there “might have been some resistance in the local Jewish community” to his appearing at a Jewish institution, which is supported by Jewish dollars from mostly Jewish members, as well as receiving funding to the tune of nearly a million dollars by the NYC Federation -UJA.  Some resistance?  Richard Allen, the moving force behind JCC Watch, provided the vehicle through which much of that resistance was expressed.

“It’s absolutely outrageous that Jewish community funds are going to help Roger Waters spread his anti-Semitic message,” said Richard Allen. “UJA-Federation gives Jewish donations to the 92nd Street Y, and that money is being used to help provide Waters with a facility, marketing and respectability, so that he can win over more people with his anti-Israel lies.

And, according to Waters, “not to talk is not an option.”  Unless, of course, if you are from Israel.

 

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. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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19 Responses to “Roger Waters Proves Hypocrisy of Israel Boycott Advocates”

  1. Ah yes the moron believes that anybody from Israel should be prevented from speaking at all and if the Jews won't give him a platform for his racist rant then we are somehow stopping him from speaking at all.

    This person obliviously doesn't have a brain cell left. Maybe too many drugs.

  2. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Lori, "…rock bank" or rock band?

  3. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Excellent article and thanks for continually pointing out that those who are against supporting the truth always get tripped up in some way. Hypocrisy is one level of insanity, IMO.

  4. David Bailey says:

    I think I understand why Gilmour can't stand to be in the same room as him anymore.

  5. David Bailey says:

    I think I understand why Gilmour can't stand to be in the same room as him anymore.

  6. Finally Free says:

    I think there was a typo in the heading. The "t" in his name should have read "nk" ;-).

  7. Lee Jackson says:

    roger waters played guitar in probably the most boring band in the world ever closely beating coldplay. pink Floyd could have only come from Britain. he allegedly 'intelligent' some say… he is nothng but a brazen Jew hating piece of slime that deliberately ignores Islamic terror on the Israelis. shame on him – hope is time here on earth is now very short.

  8. David Pickman says:

    David Bailey. David Gilmore is as avid a anti Israel pro Palestinian as Waters and the only time they did get together in the last few years was for a benefit to raise funds for the terrorists.

  9. Alice Lemos says:

    Waters is a bad guy and over the hill singer.

  10. David Robespierre Cooke says:

    What an appalling hate message Lee. 'Could only have come from Britain' indeed. Hopefully your time on Earth will be long as it must really suck to be you. 😀 x

  11. Gil Gilman says:

    Loren, I believe the current term is "mentally challenged adult," or "brain-injured," not "moron." 😉

  12. Oh well – never was to damn PC

  13. Ron Kall says:

    David, that's one way to ignore the Walters hate Israel BDS issue!

  14. Waters claims the Israelis destroyed Lebanon's important buildings, hospital, and airport. NOT TRUE. A pinpoint bombing of the terrorists' headquarters was done, hospitals were not targeted, and the Israelis bombed the tarmac of the airport to prevent more terrorists landing – BUT ANNOUNCED THAT THEY DID NOT BOMB THE CONTROL TOWER BECAUSE THE TARMAC WOULD BE EASIER TO REPAIR.
    Trust the Israelis to be decent, trust the Jew-haters to be scum.

  15. Yerusha Levi Horn says:

    The problem wth most celebrities is they are so poorly informed, in that they rely on the powerful anti-semitic media to do the thinking for them, while media get their opinion frm the anti-Jew and anti-Israel propaganda machine. Whenevr any celebrity shouts wth cõnfidence that Israel is apartheid, you'd know such hasn't done enough thnking,or studying, or has a lot to lose,or personal issues or jst a coward.

  16. Nosaj Eel says:

    I totally agree with him. I been sick of Israel. And really sick of you all draining us dry in America and causing us problems. Fight your own ing wars. We are sick of babying you.

  17. Craig Brockman says:

    Also shows how STUPID Stevie Wonder is for buying into this moron!

  18. David Baden says:

    You sound like a typical brainwashed muslim moron,who are causing so much trouble in the world.This is not my opinion but a fact,I won't even start to name of the atrocities carried out in the name of Allah,the list is endless.

  19. David Baden says:

    What is the obseession that people have with Israel? which is engaged in what can be described at best a mere territorial dispute with a lot of brainwashed fanatics.Why not concentrate on the human rights abuses and atrocities carried out on a daily basis in Muslim countries in general and Arab countries in particular.

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