Roger Waters Labeled an 'Open Hater of Jews' by Human Rights Group

Musician condemned for depicting a Star of David on an inflatable pig, Disturbed's David Draiman also expresses anger.

Roger Waters Labeled an 'Open Hater of Jews' by Human Rights Group
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Pink Floyd 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," Draiman stated. 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."

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    VilliAsgeirsson
    Roger Waters has shown throughout his career that he despises war and oppression. He is unafraid to show it and uses whatever symbolism that works best. He has used the cross, star of David, the moon of Islam, the Mercedes star etc to make his point. Religions and corporations are tools to control the population and he understands this. He has openly criticised the wall closing off the Palestinian territories and compared it with the Berlin wall. He has compared the oppression of Jews in Nazi Germany with the oppression of modern day Palestinians. I have not once heard him celebrate what happened in Hitler's Germany. If he really hated Jews, he would be more accepting of fascism, I believe. I very much doubt that he hates Jews. I'm pretty sure he despises Zionists. But hey, taking things out of context is a fun thing to do when you want to further your own agenda. Using the anti-semetic stamp has long become an old and boring clique. It backfires. I love his music, but most of all, I admire a man of his status for not sucking up to the corporate world. People have been silenced for less. Keep it up, Roger! Keep fighting for a better world!
    Slackerbitch
    I was going to write something, but I believe this comment really sums up all of my thoughts about this incident. It's funny, this song (In the Flesh) was released back in 1979, and still today, almost 35 years later, people are ready to judge its symbolism without taking the time to really understand what the idea behind all of it is. Do your research before cursing Waters, because if you had done so, you'd know that this song, along with the show in this concert, is very much not against Jews. It is indeed against something, but I can tell you it is not Jews, or any religion for that matter.
    Mephaphil
    Some idiots can't separate opposition towards a state from opposition to people. They can be aimed at either or both. If he got offended its his fault for not picking the obvious one in a 50/50 situation.
    The_Dayman
    It honestly seems like it's ok to criticize any government except for Israel... Reading about the stranglehold they have on the Gaza Strip is shocking. "anti-semetic" is such an easy label to be given these days.
    coffinpilot
    Wish I had Rabbi Abraham Cooper's phone number , you'd be first choice to talk some sense into the man .
    deanwinchester0
    Israel isn't against palestinians, it's against terrorists who use their own people's situation to fight Israel because of their radical beliefs. Even during their last conflict Hamas was attacking Israel from within building of civilians and did nothing do defend their people. I live in Israel and I follow the situation from meters away, the media sells Israel as an aggressor, because no one wants to tell the truth that will lead to worldwide terrorist attacks. And for your information civilians in Palestine get limitless aid from Israel - medical, food, and any kind of aid. If you're a conscious human being, you're obligated to dig deeper into the situation and find out what's what, don't be a puppet of the media. I live in Israel and see this situation every day, my country does everything to protect me from terrorist threats, and I believe in it's right to do so. It's needless to say that expressing such hatred in the middle of a concert attended by Israeli fans is just disgusting. Love this artist or not, it's pure DISGUSTING.
    fromzero
    I have Jewish friends. I have pakistani friends. I dont let either of those countries actions define the major religion of those countries. That being said the star of david is also the symbol of Israel. Israel is very corrupt but because they control the us media they can control the general mind set of the people and their side of the story. Ive seen pictures of israeli planes shooting rockets at American subs. Every government is corrupt, lies to its people and does horrible things.
    l0ld4v3
    Israel provided arms for latin american dictatorships. Dig in the history, it's well documented. That's the whole point Waters is trying to get across, no more countries going on war paths regardless of their reasons.
    solidrevolver20
    Stfu the media here in the US portrays Israel as the good guys but you are the same just like the rest of the middle east. People there get raped,killed,kidnapped, etc.
    Sandman4991
    @deanwinchester0 1) You are a hypocrite. How can you tell us to "dig deeper into the situation and find out what's what" and be offended by Waters after seeing JUST A SIGN ON A GIANT PIG. You just didn't "dig deeper" into the lyrics of the song, of the whole album, and you don't understand the message carried by The Wall. I don't remember Waters expressing hatred of Jews there. There's no place to discuss the whole album here, but I'm sure you can find plenty of interpretations somewhere. 2) As for the Pig: it is used to express criticism, everything that appears on it, is there for some reason. And honestly, there's a lot of things that Jews should be criticised for. Example: every attempt to criticise is branded as anti-Semitism. Remember: not every Muslim is a terrorist, and not everyone, including Jews is a good man. 3) About symbols in general: It's a bit different situation, but I think it still can make a good example here. I'm Polish. The national flag of Poland is white-red. So is the flag used in The Wall. Does it mean Waters is an open hater of Poles? No. Nazi Germany also had a white-red flag and that's where the colours on The Wall came from. See what I mean? STAY OPEN MINDED, and yeah, "dig deeper", but it also applies to you, deanwinchester0 I didn't mean to offend anyone.
    jannick
    What a bunch of left-wing BS.
    VilliAsgeirsson
    What a lame comment. You have any kind of an argument or are you planning to stay stuck in this 20th century "us and them" nonsense? Left and right in politics is long dead. The world is in colour, not black and white.
    DifferentWorld
    I agree, except that you can totally be an antisemite without being a fascist. Hitler happened to be both but the two ideals are completely unrelated.
    Kavabangac
    There were Islam and Christian signs at show in Split on 23rd july. He is not aiming at Jews, but some religion ideals.At least thats what i think.
    JAHellraiser
    David Draiman seems to be the new Dave Mustaine in the last week or so. Throwing his 2 cents in even when it's not asked for.
    mohney66
    David Draiman has the right to express however he feels about a situation; it's up to the media to decide his opinion is worth noting in an article.
    Camron62\m/
    yeah, and David tends to usually know what he's talking about, and has interesting opinions.
    nick_b
    To be fair, Draiman is pretty devoutly Jewish, so it's kind of applicable for him to have an opinion.
    philippe.hellou
    It's so confusing to me that people rush to attack someone that is against Israel politics as anti-semitism. Don't mix religion and politic, then we'll be able to criticize one without touching the other.
    eatfresh1736
    While your confusion is justified, the star of David is both a political and a religious symbol. You can't use it to attack a country's policy without offending non-Israeli Jews worldwide.
    rcm93
    This reminds me of that simpsons episode when Homer gets hit in the stomach with the inflatable pig at hullabalooza and he becomes the cannonball guy, and then the doctor tells him to stop.
    Mkorn
    its not antisemetism. its about what israel is doing to people . i don't see how anyone can defend what they're doing in palestine/gaza
    dalejandro88
    Draiman, quit music and start your own talk show if you want to keep talking about anything but music. And everyone else, just get over it, there are worse problems in the world than getting "offended" by a flying pig balloon..
    Dalnor73
    You can hate Zionism and condemn the state of Israel without hating Jews. Do what you're doing and dont change a thing, Mr. Waters.
    Prostheta
    Oh, big ****ing deal. Join the big ****ing line of the over-sensitive faithful who cry out about persecution at any opportunity whether it is real or merely perceived.
    DickHardwood
    Waters practically gets off on being edgy,I doubt he's an antisemite for this..not that it was a cool thing to do, but still.
    stoltobot
    But what about the pigs? The innocent pigs whose image is used to associate with evil. Why does nobody ever consider the pigs?
    ivan_2894
    I drive a Mercedes and buy gas at shell, and I feel offended. Therefore i shall label RW as a "Mercedes Benz & Shell Hater"... God! It seems like this guy just arrived to planet earth. Doesn't he know what The Wall is? You cant label him as antisemitic for putting a star in an inflatable pig during a show amongst 23456 more symbols!
    conor.mcmillan.
    hes not being racist, hes pointing out the fact that the Israeli establishment are pigs because of their persecution of Palestinian people. very well put mr Bungle Bass
    Bungle Bass
    At a show called "The Wall" and he uses the symbol of Israel, with the situation at Gaza and the West Bank it does not really get much more obvious than that when it comes to political statements. Nothing to do with religious hatred, although paranoids and Zionists will try to spin it that way. Kind of ironic though how the Jewish people went from being treated like animals under the Nazis to treating the Palestinians like dirt in what is basically an occupation. If people like Draimen who are proud to be Jewish are going to go pseudo-political keyboard warrior on Twitter and other sites like that maybe they should point out that fact rather than a tiny symbol at a rock concert.
    The_Dayman
    I remember hearing the Gaza Strip being referred to as "the world's largest concentration camp". Maybe the wording was a little inappropriate, but considering the fact that Israel owns their waters, airspace, and nearly all the land connected to it, you can see why people feel that way.
    N7Crazy
    The Simon Wiesenthal Center - What a bunch of over-sensitive sissies. Waters was criticizing the state of Israel, not spewing hatred against jews. Israel openly oppresses the palestinian people, and Waters has criticized Irael about it for a long time. It's sad to see how some people will delibaretly misinterpret someone in order to distort their actual message.
    eatfresh1736
    Hamas oppresses their own people. Israel provides aid and full citizenship. They even gave a degree to a convicted terrorist a few weeks ago (not that I agree with that. They are also the only Democratic country in the Middle East (Egypt used to be a close second, but it's kinda confusing now)
    l0ld4v3
    What if people don''t want israeli citizenship, but rather a palestinian citizenship? Democracy?
    JamesCalla
    HAHAHA egypt a "democratic country"???? The egyptians HATED husni moubarak (the president before morsi) for all the shit he did, doing all kinds of shit to stay on his "throne" for 30-40 years!! robbing the country to have a sum of 70 billion dollars, Oh yeah, that's definitely democracy, that's what led gas stations in lebanon to be filled with egyptian workers to pump gas and wash cars
    enigmamtg
    I think the most unfortunate thing for Roger Waters here is the fact that the Star of David is not just the main feature of the flag of Israel, it's taken to be a symbol for Judaism more widely, so it's hard to tell what his real target is. I guess I have no proof that his target is Israel, rather than Judaism, but this is the explanation that makes sense to me.
    kurtshapedbox
    I really wish David Draiman didn't exist.
    The_Dayman
    Seriously. What a ****in knob. It's obvious he didn't bother to look in to the story more.
    kurtshapedbox
    I could read many more articles about this story and it wouldn't change my feelings about David Draiman.