Co-founding Pink Floyd
member Roger Waters
has publicly called for a boycott of Israel after accusing the country's government for running an apartheid regime. It is in bassist's opinion that a cultural boycott similar to the one implemented on South Africa is definitely the "way to go."
"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 to most of Lebanon around the time I started getting involved in this issue. They destroyed airports, hospitals, any public buildings they could.
"They are running riot and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect,"
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Bassist has even went far enough to personally ask fellow musicians to start the boycott themselves. Despite not wanting to reveal the names of the colleagues he has spoken to, Waters confessed on reaching out to Stevie Wonder
prior to his performance at a gala dinner for the Israeli Defense Forces last December.
"I wrote a letter to him saying that this would be like playing a police ball in Johannesburg the day after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. It wouldn't be a great thing to do, particularly as he was meant to be a UN ambassador for peace. It wasn't just me. Desmond Tutu also wrote a letter."
Waters also criticized the UK's Prime Minister David Cameron
and his government's support for Israel by saying he is "entirely content for Great Britain to be a satellite nation of the US."
"Cameron has absolutely adopted Tony Blair's wolf's clothing that he [Blair] adopted so eagerly and happily when he went to war in Iraq on George Bushs coat-tails. Cameron is entirely content for Great Britain to be a satellite nation of the US. None of us can quite understand why.
There is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. The EU's diplomatic emissaries [in the West Bank] joined together [recently]. They protested the settlements and asked for sanctions. This is almost unprecedented. But the governments of these emissaries have done nothing and continue to do nothing."