Pink Floyd founder and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters has been deemed an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League. So why is he performing in a closed-circuit pre-Christmas show to be broadcasted in Bethlehem’s Manger Square?
Pink Floyd founder and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters announced that he will perform a closed-circuit pre-Christmas show to be broadcast in Bethlehem’s Manger Square, scheduled to take place later this month.
“I have to sadly accept the reality that I’m banging my head against the brick wall of the occupation,” said Waters.
It would appear all that banging has made Waters’ head comfortably numb. Waters has been deemed an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League who has performed with a giant pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David. It is doubtful that this show is meant to encourage peace on earth and goodwill towards men.
But Waters would do well to remember that performing a pre-Christmas show in Bethlehem is in extremely poor taste. In Bethlehem, along with the rest of the Palestinian-controlled territories, the Christian population is facing the very real threat of extinction. In the birthplace of Jesus, Christians once comprised more than 70 percent of the city’s population. Today, Christians constitute less than 15 percent of the population.
Under the Palestinian Authority, Christian holy sites are routinely desecrated and destroyed. The PA has shown contempt for Christian holy sites, as exemplified when Yasser Arafat turned the Greek Orthodox monastery near the Church of the Nativity into his own personal domicile during his visits to the city.