Roger Waters Calling for an Israel Boycott

Pink Floyd co-founder claims that boycotting Israel is the "way to go."

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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," Waters tels the Electronic Intifada.

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."

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    this issue is extremely complicated and if you think one side or the other is the 'good guys' or 'bad guys' then you're a fool.
    Best comment so far... Apart from the one about Waters sending Stevie Wonder a letter, that one was just epic
    It's more like a thousand of these civilians died because there governed by violent extremist's vs a dozen of these civilians died because there government frequently takes neighbors land.
    Good point from Roger, something like this would be necessary. The problem with the Israel-Middle East conflict is that the elite stratum of both sides is dominated by extremists that are trying to eliminate each other, and the ones who are struck the hardest are the ordinary people, who are then also drawn into the conflict to fight the other side - It's a terrible downward spiral of violence, oppression and misery. I'm all for Israel's right to their own country, but the world community shouldn't tolerate the way that its government mistreats and discriminates Palestinian citizens, and a cultural boycott would a good way to display this.
    You sir, win the award for the most sensible comment of the day. Thank you!
    Wow, someone that really understands whats going on here in the middle east instead of shouting their opinion they just thought by watching the day's new's
    The problem I have with the term 'cultural boycott' is Jewish culture and Israeli culture are intrinsically related. What would a cultural boycott look like, I'm not familiar with the term? And if both sides are extremists than why only boycott Israel? I'm not disagreeing with you by any means, just curious
    http://www.chomsky.inf o/books/dissent01.htm Cultural boycott is probably just a poor choice of words. Waters isn't anti semitic, just anti zionist. What he means is boycotting Israeli exports and refusing to bring American/English cultural exports to Israel. The reason why some liberals side with Palestine, even though there are extremist elements in Palestine, is simply because Israel is the agressor, Israel is a member of the UN so should act in accordance with international law, because Israel has the fourth largest military force in the world, and because Israel kills alot more Palestinian men, women and children than Palestinian terrorists have Israeli men women and children. More Israeli's have died in car accidents over the past 10 years than by Palestinian terrorist attacks, it's literally David vs Goliath...
    Speaking as someone who was in Israel two weeks ago and has done some in depth research on Apartheid, I can confidently say that this is a gross overstatement. The treatment of Hispanics in the US is a much more accurate comparison. It is really frustrating to see the way the situation is portrayed in the media, and how eager everyone is to jump on the anti-Israel bandwagon. No doubt it is far from perfect, but calling for a boycott is ignorant and wouldn't remotely address the issue
    I don't think Israel has a right to their own country. The West watched the Holocaust unfold, and it's good that there was a desire to give back to an entire population of people who had everything taken away from them. But taking land away from another group of people was not the correct way to do it. By alienating the entire Muslim population who for generations had been living in Palestine, the West and Israel's policies are almost entirely responsible for the religious and political tensions that the area is now suffering from; and so if Israel had never been established, that would be one less problem for the region to deal with.
    and i dont think you have a right to open your stupid mouth, yet you still do it. go open a book read some history and ull see when the jews moved to that region there was nothing there, no one wanted that area, they only started wanting it when people started making a beautiful country out of it. so instead making theyre country just as nice they used all theyre resources and money fighting and so called "boycotting while the could have used it to build jst as nice of a country. your stupidity make me sick to my stomach, shittt
    The problem with this kind of thinking is that the people today that call themselves "Jews" aren't the people that were Hebrews/Jews centuries ago. This is a very deep subject that takes a lot of research and study to understand. Simply stating that "the Bible says it", isn't going to explain the whole history of this group of people from Europe that all of a sudden called themselves "Israel". The Palestinians have more ethnic ties to the Hebrews and Israel than these European variety have.
    It has nothing todo with ties to the land **** face, those europeans took the land even though by force just like America to Hawaii, Britain to hong kong and Africa, yet no one is making a deal about those. though some europeans take the smallest piece of land with basically no settlements everyone has to make the biggest deal about it. this is a simple case of anti semitism from a person with a 5th grade education ( saint_berzerken)
    Um, so there was no settlements so it wasn't a big deal, you realize your talking about the most important peace of holy land on this planet that inspired almost half a dozen bloody crusades in which europeans stormed over killing thousands of jewish and muslim civilians on the way. Where talking about historic tensions going back thousands of years, it was contested valuable land when the Israeli's originally took it and it still is. We decided to pick favorites in this high tension game of king of the hill and then we act surprised when it makes a bunch of people in the region hate us and chalk it up to them "hating our freedom".
    arborhov, you're just talking out of your ass, just type on google palestine before 1948 and see for yourself... oh and also F' you
    haha mouldoudo by the way talk a can surmise that you probably have a shitty taste in music which brings me to my second point what are you doing on a music website. wait scratch that UG is full of people with shitty taste in music.
    it would have been nice if you knew what you're talking about. israel didn't take land from nobody when it was created. the un decided on two states, israel and palestine, the palestinians opened war and lost.
    Couldn't agree more NK508, you don't right the wrongs of an opressed people (the european Jews) by helping to evict and oppress another people the native Arabs of the region). But that's exactly what the British mandate of Palestine was all about. Give the majority of the land and control of the water resources to the smaller migrant (or invading) population. That was never going to end well... And it didn't...
    there was never a land or nation called Palestine, Palastinians only claim to have rights to the area besause of their muslim beliefs, Just like Israel does. It's good that israel is a nation, palastinians have done nothing but wage war and refuse to unite
    Doesn't matter what the land was called, or which countries it was part of, Arabs still lived there, they had homes, schools, hospitals and lives. The fact that it wasn't actually a coherent country does not excuse eviction of the inhabitants of the region.
    Wow read a book or two. The Holocaust was not the only thing to happen in WWII. Take a look at what the Japs did to China, or the fact our Allie Stalin killed more people then Hitler. hummmmm makes you think. How about the Batan Death March? How about the Fire bombings of German towns killing 700,000 Plus Children and Mothers which was carried out by the US and the British. Read a book and stop acting like the Jews had it so bad. Everyone has it bad at one point. Many many members of my family died in WWII yet you dont see me killing and wanting my own State.
    It's very true that the holocaust was not the only thing to happen during WWII, but you imply at the end that Israel was the only state established as a result. Many of Europe's maps were re-drawn, and several other nations were established. Conflict continued in many eastern European nations, and the East/West German divide is well documented. The big difference seems to be that these other nations were established and operated secularly. As long as Israel and Palestine claim that their relatively young nations are in fact centuries-old religious dynasties, there is little hope for compromise.
    you my good sir are more full of shit than any one on this page, for that a brand u the ultimate guitar retard. (toxXicsix.....)
    Tell me one thing I said that is not true? Whats the matter Arborhov brainwashed into thinking the jews are always victims?
    okay, i wanna make something perfectly clear. israel is not an apartheid state, and i will prove it. first of all define apartheid: some segregation by race, but also could be by religion right? ok, let's start with race: where did israelis come from? all came 60 years ago from the europe, africa, and the middle east. about 60%-65% of israelis are arab by race, me included. is there any kind of descrimination against them? hell no, we are actually a majority! let's see for religion: are muslims being descriminated against? well, if you've ever been in israel you would know it's a free democracy, no religion is descriminated! you are a free man whatever you are, weather you muslim, jewish, christian or a scientologist. arab-muslims, like the rest of israelis, could even get elected for office, because they have the EXACT SAME RIGHTS as anybody else a list of knesset members (israeli version of the senate) who are muslim-arabs. so what do people talk about when they talk about segragation? a lot of people talk about the wall. well, let's say mexico was declaring war on the us. wouldn't they build a wall to keep them out? oh wait, THEY ALREADY DID! so why is it so goddamn astounding when israel is building a wall to keep out a people that are their enemies?! there is war in israel, nobody likes it, nobody is a fan. the u.s is also at war, also the u.k why isn't roger waters boycotting them? cuz that matters, he can skip doing a show once a decade in israel just to look like the new jesus christ. but boycotting the u.s? his career would be at risk! fake loser, lost all respect for him...
    Thank God, someone speaking with some actual knowledge of the situation! What a concept... Very well said
    Finally! a person who actually knows facts about this whole Israel-palestinian situation who speaks! I hope to see you around more fine sir.
    I urge you dear sir to get a copy of the movie "Slingshot Hip Hop" and view the treatment Arabs get, and the dominance of Ashkenazi Jews in Israel(thought that it is not the point of the movie , the videos in it speak for themselves). On a side note I find both sides to be hypocrites, each a terrorist.
    so being of arab descent and living in israel for 22 years doesn't cut it? i have to watch the documentary to get it?
    lol you're talking pure crap israelis are arabs by race? wtf ahskenaz are not arabs one bit, being jew comes from the mother, meaning you can't be jew if your mother isn't jew, meaning you all come from the same place, you can't become a jew coming from another race/religion arabs in Israel are like blacks in south africa in the 80's, they have the lowest jobs, mopping floors and shit arabs at the knesset are just a smoke screen, it's as useful as having a green party or a communist party " let's say mexico was declaring war on the US" first noone called war, then never in history did a country ever build a wall to separate it from another,then the wall was build INSIDE the palestinian territory that's a violation of any international right, and dont get me started on the gaza blockade, water monopoly, checkpoints INSIDE palestinian territory and the inequality between the third army in the world ( US equiped and founded) and home made rockets and that " there's bad things elsewhere, leave us alone and let us do our dirty job as we command" bullcrap just exposed your stupid biased jewish ass
    1. no ashkenaz are not arabs: everybody else is. they are called "mizrahi" which means eastern 2. as i've said i am of arab descent. 3. my brother, also of arab descent, is a doctor in israel. 4. my father a lawyer. 5. being of arab descent has nothing to do with judaism one is a religion, the other a race. that's like saying you are not canadian because you are catholic. 6. how would you know how much arabs do in the knesset? have you ever read on the subject? i'm taking a wild guess that you just made that up. 7. well, blowing up busses for 20 years is kind of a declaration of war, if that's not enough, they did declare war at least 10 times in history officially. 8. no one in history has ever built a wall to separate them from another country? ALMOST EVERY WALL IN HISTORY WAS BUILT TO SEPARATE ONE COUNTRY/TRIBE/PEOPLE FROM ANOTHER! 9. not israels fault that it has water resources. 10. not israels fault that they are stronger, never heard that as an argument for why the country is wrong, because it stronger... at least that's original. 11. i didn't say that they should leave israel alone but: treating one case in one way and another in another way just for gain is hypocracy. and i believe he should be called out for that.
    The majority of the people on this forum don't even understand what the word apartheid even means, Including Waters. by the way. Palestine is a name given by the romans to Israel a thousand or so years ago. It doesn't mean Israel stopped existing. Jews have always been here. Even during the arab rein, the turk rein and the crusaders. Did any of you know that Arafat the head of the terrorist organization was from Eygpt? He called himself a Palestinian and he wasn't even from the area. What a farse.
    Right on Roger!
    He wrote a letter to Stevie Wonder? He's blind!!! Here's your sign.
    He was probably REALLY surprised when the letter showed up. Bet he didn't even see it coming.
    As in Israeli I am very disappointed by my racist goverment, but to go as far as that is really being blind. Lots of people in Israel want peace, hopefully things will change in the next elections.
    "to go as far as that is really being blind". I see what you did there.
    I'd like to see him try to reach out to Ted Nugent Fair play to Roger for this, it takes guts to speak out against Israel, you're liable to be accused of being anti semitic. Time to end this disgusting apartheid and give the natives back their homes/stop destroying their homes.
    Fuck this guy! Isn't he known as "the ***** in pink floyd"
    Actually David Gilmour is the a**hole
    I'd rather be the ***** in Pink Floyd than the ***** in the comment section.
    He isn't known as the one who fought for the name and then after winning it, disbanded it. That would be Gilmour. OT: Power to Waters for having the guts to say anything against Israel, I feel like they are beyond reproach at times. Having that said we can never forget what happened to them and the fact that a large portion people want them gone/dead.