ROGER WATERS CLARIFIES HIS POSITION ON BDS

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Roger Waters at separation fence (Photo: AP)
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A week ago Roger Waters was featured live on a Huffington Post video interview where it appeared that he was ‘rethinking his position on the BDS Movement.’ Needless to say, the zionist press publicised this widely. I was hesitant to post anything at all about it, adopting a ‘Harry Truman attidude’ …. “I’m from Missouri … Show me!”  Well, today Waters did just that!
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Former Pink Floyd frontman clarifies he was misinterpreted in Huffington Post Live interview when he said he was ‘reconsidering letter to fellow musicians about a cultural boycott of Israel’
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Waters ‘still calling for Israel boycott’

Former Pink Floyd frontman clarifies he was misinterpreted in Huffington Post Live interview when he said he was ‘reconsidering letter to fellow musicians about a cultural boycott of Israel’

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Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters says he was misinterpreted last week in a Huffington Post Live interview when he said he was “reconsidering the publishing of a letter to my fellow musicians about a cultural boycott of Israel.” Now he wishes to “clear the somewhat muddied waters.”

Many websites around the world, including Ynet, reported that Waters was rethinking his call for a boycott after he told Huffington Post, “I am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.”

In a note published on his Facebook pageon Friday, Waters clarified: “This was misinterpreted by some as meaning I was reconsidering my position on the Israel/Palestine issue, and more alarmingly that I had made an about face on this issue; not so. My position remains the same.”

He went on to apologize for the misrepresentations causing “some distress, particularly to my many friends.

“I am still considering the full text of a letter to my fellow musicians,” he said. “But for those of you who haven’t the patience to wait for me to consider the text, feeling somewhat caught between the rock of concern for my friends and the hard place of misrepresentation, here are the bare bones of any final version:

“To my fellow musicians: Please join me in a cultural boycott of Israel until such time as the Israeli government ceases its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and reverses its Illegal program of settlement building, both of which, it is widely agreed, constitute insurmountable impediments to any peaceful solution for either the Palestinian or the Israeli people.

“Peace for them both is our goal. Not to talk is not an option,” he concluded.

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6 Comments

  1. Redpossum said,

    April 23, 2013 at 16:09

    Interesting.

    I’m always skeptical of celebrities, because they *are* members of the privileged elite. And, as a Socialist, I am opposed to the very existence of elites, in any shape or form.

  2. April 23, 2013 at 20:13

    [...] Roger Waters at separation fence (Photo: AP) * A week ago Roger Waters was featured live on a Huffington Post video interview where it appeared that he was 'rethinking his position on the BDS Movem…  [...]

  3. Prezbyter said,

    April 23, 2013 at 20:14

    I remember when musicians, rock musicians, took on social and even political issues because their rebellious spirit compelled it. Now most media approved art is only self directed or directed at making money. For Roger, who I have admired since the 70s, to speak for Palestine is to alienate the anti-Palestine bias extant in the very media which feeds him. Thus my admiration increases owing to the added risk of economic limitation combined with the status of social pariah for speaking for the culturally demonized beleaguered.

    Thank you for offering a continued platform for him as for all who speak for justice.

    My song for Gaza: http://prezbyter.bandcamp.com/track/gaza-2

    Peace

  4. Prezbyter said,

    April 23, 2013 at 23:28

    I’m with you Redpossum, we should be skeptical of pretty much everything, (I’ll make an exception to skepticism) and especially celebrities. But Roger was a musician before he became a celebrity and by speaking for Palestinian justice, he puts his celebrity at risk. Not his musicianship. As long as his musicianship provides him the celebrity to compel people to listen to him, then it seems any positive voice for the oppressed should be welcomed. There are no shortage of voices for oppression. Were I oppressed, I could think of worse advocates than Mr. Waters and few I would prize more.

  5. est said,

    April 23, 2013 at 23:45

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    don’t worry about roger
    speaking the truth
    from the heart
    has it’s own rewards
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  6. Freemanontheland said,

    April 24, 2013 at 07:26

    Good man.


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