Former Pink Floyd bassist and lyricist Roger Waters never misses an opportunity to attack the Jewish state. Recent performances in California by the progressive rocker underscored why he is widely regarded as the voice of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Over the past two weekends, 75,000 music lovers converged on the Empire Polo Field in Indio, California, for the inaugural Desert Trip music festival. The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young and The Who were all part of the Hall of Fame lineup that also included Waters. But only Waters felt it necessary to use the spotlight to voice his political agenda.
“I’m not going to allow this moment to pass,” Mr. Waters told the audience. “I didn’t last Sunday, and I’m not going to let it pass now without… giving my love to my brothers and sisters… who are standing up for their brothers and sisters in Palestine and supporting the BDS movement.”
For the second weekend in a row, the 73-year-old prog rocker co-opted the microphone to provoke animosity toward Israel and solidarity with the BDS movement. During his performance the previous Sunday, Waters told the crowd, “I’m going to send out all my most heartfelt love and support to all those young people on the campuses of the universities of California who are standing up for their brothers and sisters in Palestine, and supporting the BDS movement in the hope that we may encourage the government of Israel to end the occupation.”
In recent years, Waters’ shows would feature a flying pig with a Star of David on its side. His 2010 Wall tour featured a video that juxtaposed the Star of David and dollar signs. Labeled anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League, Waters has called the Jewish state a “racist apartheid regime” that practices “ethnic cleansing” and compared Jews to Nazi collaborators.