Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Israel: ‘No Harsher Regimes in the World’

All in all, he’s just another prick in the wall.

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters took some time during his anti-Trump tour to blast Israel like he does so well, calling our ally one of the worst regimes in the world. And what Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions supporter’s comment would be complete without adding the inevitable Nazi Germany connection?

“I’m not sure there are any much harsher regimes around the world, actually, if you look at it,” Waters said in an interview with BDS leader Omar Barghouti. “It’s hard not to go back to [Nazi propaganda minister] Goebbels. [Israel’s] tactic is to tell the big lie as often as possible over and over and over again.”

Waters, known for releasing a giant pig balloon emblazoned with the Star of David during concerts, said similar things in a 2013 interview:

“The parallels with what went on in the 30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious that it doesn’t surprise me that the [BDS] movement… is growing every day.

“They’ve always had the Ben Gurion agenda of kicking all the Arabs out of the country and becoming greater Israel. They tell a lie as part of their propaganda machinery whilst doing the other thing but they have been doing it so obviously in the last 10 years… This is so transparent that you’d have to have an IQ above room temperature not to understand what is going on. It is just dopey.”

In the more recent interview with Barghouti, Waters spoke again of this so-called Israeli propaganda machine, which he says subjects its citizens to live under “propaganda 24 hours a day, seven days a week; all their lives since they were born.” At the same time, Waters praised the “many, many Israeli Jews who are part of the BDS movement.” How they weren’t brainwashed by the “propaganda since birth,” he doesn’t say.

While Waters refuses to play concerts in Israel, and chides other bands who do, he says he won’t boycott the United States.

“If I didn’t play in the U.S. it would have absolutely no effect on American foreign policy. Boycott is a very specific strategy and tactic that you can use as a tool of protest in very certain specific situations … it’s a realistic tactic to affect the government and the people of Israel.”

Of course Waters won’t boycott the enormous income stream given to him by the U.S. Not sure it’s such a brave move, though, boycotting a small country like Israel. Is his absence really taking a toll on their economy because he doesn't bring his flying pigs there? Not in the least. Showing waters how it's done is Guns ’N Roses, who just rocked Tel Aviv with a record-breaking attendance of over 62,000 screaming fans who were more than happy to hand over their hard-earned shekels to Slash and Axl. How's that boycott working out, Roger?

But it appears parts of the U.S. might be boycotting Waters, according to The Jewish Chronicle:

Roger Waters could be prevented from playing concerts in New York State after a local Jewish lawmaker confirmed the former Pink Floyd frontman’s support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement was in violation of local law.

Howard Kopel, who serves as a legislator for Nassau County in Long Island, pointed out that “Local Law 3-2016 bars companies from doing business with Nassau County if they participate in economic warfare against Israel.

“The Nassau County Attorney confirms… Roger Waters' proposed upcoming tour dates at the Nassau Coliseum are indeed in violation of Local Law 3-2016”, he wrote in a social media post.

“Allowing Waters - who actively promotes and encourages others to withdraw from commercial relations with Israel and other ‘BDS’ activities as defined by the law - to perform at a county-owned facility …  not only violates the law, and the Coliseum Lease, but offends the sense of decency of our residents.”

Now, Waters did say there were some other countries he was “particularly concerned” about, like Syria where Assad is killing hundreds of thousands of his own people. Waters is “very concerned about Ukraine,” though he hoped not to “demonize the Russians.” But, yeah, Israel is the baddest of the bad on the world stage.

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