The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd: We don't need no thought control

Roger Waters addresses the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, Nov. 29, 2012. (Photo by HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

I’ve read some heavy-duty attacks on Israel and Jews in my time, but they pale beside the anti-Semitic diatribe recently offered by Roger Waters, co-founder and former front man of the legendary British rock band Pink Floyd. In an interview with CounterPunch online magazine, Waters experienced a shocking Jew-hating colonic.

According to Waters, Israel is a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing.” A great artist such as himself will not play in a country equivalent to “Vichy government in occupied France.” Likening Jews to Nazi collaborators was not enough. Waters then went further, comparing Israel to the Nazis themselves. “I would not have played in Berlin either … during the Second World War.” Waters believes that Israel is guilty of genocide, only “this time it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.”

Waters was on a roll. Israel is a “brutal and oppressive regime.” And the rabbis, oh, those murderous, racist rabbis. “The right-wing rabbinate is so bizarre. They believe that everybody that is not a Jew is only on Earth to serve them and the indigenous people of the region that they kicked off the land in 1948 … since they are subhuman. The parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious.”

The Jews are dumping a “huge bucket of crap that they are pouring into the mouth of a gullible public, in my view, when they say, ‘We are afraid of Iran; it is going to get nuclear weapons.’ … It’s a diversionary tactic.”

I could go on quoting Waters’ interview, but I’m getting nauseated just writing this stuff. Suffice it to say that he claims he was offered “$10 million” by a Jewish promoter to play in Israel but retorted, “Are you f—ing deaf or just dumb?! I am part of the BDS movement; I’m not going anywhere in Israel, for any money.” He then tried to dissuade Cyndi Lauper from playing in Israel.

Given this interview, I would assume that not too many Israelis will lament losing the chance to see a Pink Floyd reunion in Israel, and maybe we should just leave it at that. But even loathsome, stomach-turning anti-Semitism deserves a response in case gullible fans might actually believe this twisted twaddle.

Mr. Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered 6 million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul. The Jews of Germany did nothing to invite the aggression against them. Indeed, they were loyal citizens of a country that many of them had fought for courageously just 20 years earlier in the First World War. They did not blow up buses for political purposes. They did not send terrorists into schools to murder children. They did not preach that killing German children would get them virgins in heaven. They lived lives of humanity and decency and were murdered for no other reason than the fact that they were Jews.

You have disgraced yourself by comparing the martyred 6 million, which included 1-and-a-half-million children who were gassed to death in cold blood, to Palestinian terror organizations like Hamas, whose stated intention it is to wipe Israel off the map.

The Palestinians were given endless opportunities to live with Israel in peace, including the 1936-37 Peel Commission, which partitioned the land into two states, and the U.N. partition plan of 1947, both of which gave the Arabs far more land than the Jews. The Jews accepted the offer, and the Arabs rejected it and instead dedicated themselves to Israel’s destruction. If you don’t believe me, Mr. Waters, then surely even a bigoted ignoramus like you is capable of accessing Wikipedia.

After the Arabs launched another war of annihilation against Israel in 1967, the Jews miraculously defeated four invading Arab armies and conquered huge tracts of land. Rather than practicing any kind of ethnic cleansing, Israel gave back the entire Sinai Peninsula—an area three times the size of Israel—to Egypt in exchange for a peace treaty and announced that it would leave the Arabs and the Muslim Waqf in charge of the holiest site in all of Judaism, the Temple Mount. This act of accommodation has no precedent in the history of the world.

Still, Arafat’s PLO, with its declared intention of armed struggle and destroying the Zionist presence, launched terrorist outrages like the 1970 Avivim school bus massacre and the 1974 Ma’alot school massacre. Despite this, Israel never relinquished its hope that Arab leaders who were sincere about peace might arise.

In 2005, Israel voluntarily withdrew from all of Gaza. Its reward? Hamas, with its genocidal charter against Israel, was voted into power and almost immediately began launching thousands of rockets into Israel, targeting homes, schools and buses filled with children.

Muslims have every right to expect that Jews in general, and rabbis in particular, similarly condemn any acts of violence intentionally directed at any Arab civilian. We are all equally children of one God.


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commented 2014-04-18 00:39:35 -0400 · Flag
A.R. writes:

Roger Waters is truly the paragon of the self-important “artiste” who by the din of having once (very long ago) produced world-changing art – and having swallowed the adulation and internalized it – now deems himself an expert and important voice in a dilemma so out of his intellectual and experiential depth as to dwarf his meager analytical capacities…so he satisfies his ego by spouting out Radical Left talking points and spitting on an perceived evil that he knows will allow him the privilege of his gilded idiocy without consequences.

Let’s see him shower the same opprobrium on Radical Muslims – those who mutilate and murder women and girls for the sin of educating themselves, for example. Let’s see Mr. Waters criticize THAT with the same fervor he rouses out of his tired old bones for Israel and its sins. Hypocritical, self-enamored cretin…

On a musical note…Chris is absolutely correct on The Wall…an insanely bloated album that was Mr. Waters at his most sanctimoniously mythopoeic and self-pitying…a leaden lump…a brilliant single album stretched out by egomaniacal self-indulgence into a ponderous opus. Having said that, the Floyd’s output 1969-1980 changed music…and Waters was a driving force…usually THE driving force. As self-important and idiotic as he may be now, his music (with the aid of certain narcotics) transported me in my youth to places I had never been…and the peaks of Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here are Olympian and immortal…
commented 2014-04-18 00:13:52 -0400 · Flag
Martin writes:

@diego-Just like giving back Gaza brought peace to southern Israel after bulldozing the homes of Israeli settlers? Just like giving back the Sinai would have kept the peace under Morsi? If you believe land = peace, you have zero historical perspective. Pick up a book…“Jerusalem”, “Power, Faith & Fantasy”…the koran…and see if your opinion changes after you read how anti-Zionism = anti-semitism and how anti-semitism has zero to do with settlements in the suburbs of E Jerusalem. How many deals have the “palestinians” left on the table that gave them nearly everything they ever wanted? As a pre-condition to peace, why is it impossible for palestinians to recognize Israel’s right to exist if all they want to do is coexist peacefully once they get rid of the West Bank “settlers”? And why was there no hue and cry for a palestinian state when Jordan occupied the West Bank until 1967 after truly stealing it in 1948?

please give your settlements = peace theory some further thought and context.
commented 2014-04-18 00:03:46 -0400 · Flag
Ed K. writes:

Another celebrity with a Mic and douche between his ears. Maybe he got his schooling from alec Baldwin.

Gilmour was the real musician of that group. After Animals and Dark Side, not much quality work there.
commented 2014-04-17 23:51:17 -0400 · Flag
Vic writes:

Roger waters is sick. He is another in the great post-greatest generation hippy-dumb machine – who rails against the lack of world harmony and justice – which involve REAL struggles – God – political systems – economies – human rights – when he can’t even get along with his former band mate and lead guitar player…..what a hypocrite – David gilmour’s decision not to associate with him may have gone deeper than just music – after reading this, who else knows what twisted wreckage lies in mr. Water’s head…
commented 2014-04-17 23:34:06 -0400 · Flag
Chris writes:

he ceased being artistically relevant as of ~1977 (i think ‘the wall’ is profoundly over-rated and it’s my least favorite pink floyd album). another artiste douche, as far as i’m concerned.
commented 2014-04-17 23:33:26 -0400 · Flag
Diego writes:

stop the settlements & leave, & all wud be hunky-dory, imo