Roger Waters Shuns Star of David Controversy: 'It's Not Anti-Semitic'

artist: Roger Waters date: 08/05/2013 category: music news

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Roger Waters Shuns Star of David Controversy: 'It's Not Anti-Semitic'
As recent controversy revolving around the use of Star of David at his shows stirred up a massive public debate, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters felt somewhat of an obligation to publicly address the matter and clear the air. It was previously reported that Waters' decision to place the symbol of Judaism on the bloating pig at his concerts caused an outrage from the Jewish human rights group, specifically its Associate Dean, Rabbi Abraham Cooper. The bassist now addressed Cooper personally, giving him a thorough explanation via official Facebook page. "Often I can ignore these attacks but Rabbi Cooper's accusations, are so wild and bigoted they demand a response," Waters started. After singling out three points - use of the word "anti-semitic," jew-hating accusations and nazi links as the most problematic ones, Waters went on to explain "The Wall Show" further. "'The Wall Show,' so lamely attacked by you, is many things," he said. "It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti war, anti colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti authoritarian, anti fascist, anti apartheid, anti dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical. It is not anti-semitic or pro nazi." Waters continued, "Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel's racist domestic and foreign policies is not anti-semitic. Your contention that because I criticize the Policies of the Israeli government I should be lumped in with the Muslim Brotherhood is risible, and again a personal affront. I have spent my whole adult life advocating separation of church and state." The bassist finally concluded, saying, "The Wall is reaching out to you and all the other Rabbi Coopers out there. Come to the show!"
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