co-founder Roger Waters
caused an outrage from a Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, by depicting a Star of David on an inflatable giant pig during his July 18 performance in Belgium.
Center's Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, expressed repugnance with the musician's actions, calling him an "open hater of Jews."
"With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear,"
he said (via Algemeiner
). "Forget Israel, never mind 'limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace.'
"Waters is an open hater of Jews,"
Cooper stressed, "The video is beyond shocking. The only books this bigot should be getting should be with the Mullahs in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood."
As one of the signature marks of Waters' concerts, the giant pig took various shapes and forms over the years, with the latest edition reportedly featuring a sign of oil conglomerate Shell and graffiti messages saying "Everything will be okay, just keep consuming"
and "What's wrong with people?"
Concert goer Alon Onfus Asif
described his experience to Yediot Ahronot
, saying, "I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel. And I had a lot of fun, until I noticed the Star of David on the inflatable pig.
"That was the only religious-national symbol which appeared among other symbols for fascism, dictatorships and oppression of people,"
he continued. "Waters crossed the line and gave expression to an anti-Semitic message, beyond all his messages of anti-militancy."
The musician's behavior was also frowned upon by Disturbed
frontman David Draiman
, who asked the public via Twitter
to condemn Waters. "I urge all my followers, colleagues and friends to condemn Roger Water's flagrant display of antisemitism,"
Former member of Pink Floyd publicly called for a cultural boycott of Israel
back in March, describing it as "probably the most effective way to go."