Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel

Roger Waters: Pink Floyd star on why his fellow musicians are terrified to speak out against Israel 

American musicians who support boycotting Israel over the issue of Palestinian rights are terrified to speak out for fear their careers will be destroyed, according to Roger Waters.

The Pink Floyd star – a prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel since its inception 10 years ago – said the experience of seeing himself constantly labelled a Nazi and anti-Semite had scared people into silence.

“The only response to BDS is that it is anti-Semitic,” Waters told The Independent, in his first major UK interview about his commitment to Israeli activism. “I know this because I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years.

“My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel]. There’s me and Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Manic Street Preachers, one or two others, but there’s nobody in the United States where I live. I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s***less.

“If they say something in public they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed. I’m hoping to encourage some of them to stop being frightened and to stand up and be counted, because we need them. We need them desperately in this conversation in the same way we needed musicians to join protesters over Vietnam.”

Waters likened Israeli treatment of Palestinians to apartheid South Africa. “The way apartheid South Africa treated its black population, pretending they had some kind of autonomy, was a lie,” he said.

“Just as it is a lie now that there is any possibility under the current status quo of Palestinians achieving self-determination and achieving, at least, a rule of law where they can live and raise their children and start their own industries. This is an ancient, brilliant, artistic and very humane civilisation that is being destroyed in front of our eyes.”

A trip to Israel in 2006, where Waters had planned to play a gig in Tel Aviv and the end of the European leg of his Dark Side of the Moon Live tour, transformed his view of the Middle East……

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anonymous asked:

I'm new to the bds movement and I've heard people say it's an antisemitic movement. What are your thoughts?

From all my readings and research I’ve done on BDS, I don’t believe it is. (For the record though, I’m not Jewish and don’t claim to be an authority on determining what is/isn’t anti-Semitic.) My participation in the BDS movement is because I am against the consistent dehumanization, state sanctioned murders, and apartheid-state Palestinians face at the hands of the extremely far-right Israeli government. But I really recommend you do your own research on this. A good starting point is the BDS website itself and their intro to the movement:

Ah. I see that now it’s “being against the Israeli occupation” to restrict or limit the access of Jews to certain jobs unless they openly support a political movement that is openly hostile to them.

silly me, I thought that was “1930′s nazi tactics” and “traditional christian and muslim forms of antisemitism.”

If you want to claim your anti-zionism isn’t just a mask for anti-semitism, you don’t demand things of American Jews who aren’t Israeli citizens that you don’t demand of non-Jews. 

If you want to claim your “policy of promoting peace” isn’t a mask for your anti-semitism, you don’t demand statements only from Jews and only about Israel.

When BDS starts demanding that non-Jewish musicians and celebrities agree with their policies or face boycott and protests, or when the Rototom Sunsplash festival starts asking it’s Spanish performers about Catalonian statehood and their Dominican performers about Haitian deportation, or heck, even their Rastafarian artists about Israel, because, you know, that religion also has strong views about Israel, then we can go back to having a discussion about the merits of BDS’s strategy or Rototom’s promotion of peace.

this is going to fall on deaf ears because not many people are online but the bds movment is not monolithic. an action taken by advocates of bds whether it’s removing non-israel kosher products from a store or targeting jewish individuals shouldn’t represent the entire movement. it is a problem when these things aren’t only a one-time thing but it’s unfair to paint an entire movement as anti-semitic especially when it is endorsed by palestinians in palestine and who greatly rely on it for some sort of collective action from the international community. also by doing so, you also paint those palestinian advocates of bds as ‘anti-semites’ which, like i said, is completely unfair.