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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.

Well, well, well.  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.

Waters was scheduled to speak later this month at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.  The 92nd Street Y, formerly known as the Young Men’s Hebrew Association, engaged Waters to appear on April 30.  The event was billed as “A Conversation with Roger Waters.”

As a rock star for more than 40 years, Waters is probably the best known of those engaged in the global economic warfare against Israel, known as the BDS (Boycott of, Divestment From and Sanctions against Israel) Movement.  A constant refrain of his is to compare Israel to Apartheid South Africa, facts be damned.

Waters is not only a committed supporter of BDS, he bragged about having been instrumental in convincing Stevie Wonder to renege on his agreement to perform at a pro-Israel benefit in California that took place last year.  He also spoke at the United Nations on November 29, 2012, condemning Israel as an Apartheid state, and blaming Israel for denying the “Palestinian” people their “inalienable right” to “self-determination.”

In addition to these efforts to convince others that Israel must be shunned for committing “human rights violations,” Waters also was a leader of the effort to get Carnegie Hall to cancel the scheduled appearance by the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra in October of 2012.

Just recently he proudly insisted that boycott of the Jewish State was “the way to go.”  He did this by asserting that Israel – which has an Arab Supreme Court Justice, Arab members of its parliament, Arabs serving in every profession -  is a violent, vicious Apartheid state.

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.

But once word got out about the many utterly false anti-Israel statements made and actions taken by Waters, a tsunami of pro-Israel support washed over the Y and, eventually – though sheepishly and silently – the Y disengaged from Waters.

Rather than recognizing that there was a strong pushback from their base and that the invitation had been made without understanding the significance of his hatred for Israel, however, the Y slipped out the back door, as it were.  What the Y said when inquiries were made, to the extent it said anything at all, was that Waters had a “scheduling conflict” when the event was finally cancelled.  This was after a long series of “yes he will, no he won’t, he’ll be there later, Waters? we never heard of him, oops he’s gone, now he’s back, and then, finally, on April 4 : Event Cancelled.”

How do we know that? Because Roger Waters has now issued an official statement about what happened.

Incredibly, as the EoZ site notes, Waters is moaning about how wrong it is to shut him down, because “Not to Talk is Not an Option.”

Really.  Roger Waters, the biggest name BDS advocate on the planet wrote that.  It’s the title of his entry on his official site: “Not to Talk is Not an Option.”  Here is his version of what happened:

I was invited by 92Y to take part in an interview at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall on the 30th April this year. I checked out a couple of previous talks on YouTube, and as they appeared to be serious and measured discourse, I accepted the invitation to take part.

Things were complicated when the Opera House in São Paulo, Brazil requested my presence for four full productions of Ça Ira, my opera on the French Revolution, around conflicting dates. In the end, the date for the dress rehearsal of Ça Ira fell on the 30th April, and so, reluctantly and very apologetically, I asked the team at 92Y if my appearance could be re-scheduled. Assistant Director Jennifer Hausler, who had been helping all along, couldn’t have been more understanding, gave me some alternative dates in June and I accepted June the 19th. Everyone was happy. Well, perhaps not quite everyone.

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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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. :D 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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