A petition has been launched in Cologne, Germany asking the regional public broadcaster WDR to drop support for former Pink Floyd frontman Rogers Waters’ upcoming “Us + Them” concert on the grounds of his previous expressions of anti-Semitism.
“I do not want to resign myself to the new hatred of Jews here, I’m sick of it,” said Malca Goldstein-Wolf in an interview with newspaper Bild. Her call to boycott Roger Waters – his concert is set down for June 11, 2018 – came with a petition signed by over 1,300 people, according to the newspaper.
The accusations of anti-Semitism against the British rocker grew after balloons in the shape of a pig adorned in the Star of David were released at Waters concerts in 2013 — though he countered that several political and religious symbols had been used.
More recently he compared the Israeli government to Nazi Germany, saying Israel is “the worst regime in the world,” during an hour-long Q&A session led by Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement leader Omar Barghouti.
As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, throughout that conversation Waters made several bombastic statements challenging Israel’s right to exist while excoriating performers who go to the Jewish state
As a vocal supporter of the anti-BDS movemen, Waters has declined to perform in Israel. As Breitbart Jerusalem reported, he and Brian Eno attacked Nick Cave for playing two shows in Tel Aviv earlier this month by sending an open letter to Cave full of misinformation and outright lies in an attempt to guilt the Australian artist into cancelling the show.
Cave went ahead anyway. He said his decision to perform in Israel was the direct result of the BDS movement, which “bullies and censors” musicians.
“In a way, the BDS movement is responsible for my coming to Israel,” Cave said at a press conference in Tel Aviv during his two sold-out shows.
Pro-Palestinian activists lashed out at Cave after the shows, accusing him of “art-washing.”
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