Pink Floyd Tells Rolling Stones: Don't Play Israel
Roger Waters' stance against the state of Israel is no secret. He's a proud member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Now, the Pink Floyd co-founder and fellow member Nick Mason want other rock acts to join their Israel boycott. And Waters is enlisting arguably the biggest rock band around to do so.
The band mates are calling on fellow veteran rockers the Rolling Stones to cancel its plans to play Tel Aviv June 4. That concert would be the Stones' first live performance in that country.
Pink Floyd released a statement it hopes will convince Mick Jagger and co. to change their plans.
So, to the bands that intend to play Israel in 2014, we urge you to reconsider. Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid; regardless of your intentions, crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime.
The Stones have yet to respond to their fellow rocker's request.
Waters has routinely critiqued Israel, both in concert and in the press. He has unleashed a floating pig during a past tour slapped with the Star of David and concert goers eventually trashed the symbol at show's end.