Pink Floyd front man and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters criticized singer Nick Cave for performing two shows in Israel and denouncing BDS bullies, according to United With Israel.
Waters regularly denounces other performers who refuse to boycott the Jewish state. BDS activists had issued an open letter to Cave pressuring him to cancel his concerts in Israel. “Please don’t take part in apartheid, boycott Israel!” they wrote.
In addition, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called Cave’s shows a “propaganda gift” that helps “art-wash” Israeli policies toward so-called Palestinians.
But Cave said at a press conference in Israel this week that he “decided to play in Israel to stand up to anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians.” To choose to perform in Israel, he said, means “you have to go through public humiliation from Roger Waters and his partners.”
Quoting Cave’s own lyric “Let us sit together in the dark until the moment comes,” Waters addressed Cave: “The moment came and went brother, you missed it, if at some point in the future you want to climb out of the dark, all you have to do is open your eyes, we, in BDS will be here to welcome you into the light.”
As United With Israel notes,
Waters is a vociferous supporter of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. He has voiced support for the Hamas terror organization. He regularly exerts public pressure on performers slated to perform in Israel and demands that they refrain from doing so, claiming it will generate pressure on Israel’s “apartheid” and “criminal” government. In most cases he is ignored and fails in his mission.
Waters recently campaigned to pressure Radiohead into canceling a concert in Israel. The effort failed. A partial list of top artists who performed in Israel last year includes Radiohead, the Pixies, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Rod Stewart, Tears for Fears, Grandaddy, Jose Gonzalez, Fatboy Slim, Jean-Michel Jarre, Paul Young, Vanessa Mae, Emir Kusturica and Ace of Base. Other top performers who have played in Israel in recent years include the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alice Cooper, Rihanna, Sia and Elton John.
Sounds like you're the one who needs to open his eyes, Waters. Bravo, Nick Cave.