In a bombshell interview with the Independent, Pink Floyd frontman, Roger Waters took a bold stance. He mentioned how people in the music industry are maltreated and labeled as antisemitic for simply calling out the numerous public crimes of Israel.
Even a leading Israeli general, throughout the nation's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, attended to and exposed the controversy when he compared the ambience in modern Israel to 1930's Nazi Germany.
“If there is anything that frightens me in the remembrance of the Holocaust, it is discerning nauseating processes that took place in Europe in general, and in Germany specifically back then, 70, 80 and 90 years ago, and seeing evidence of them here among us in the year 2016,” Maj. Gen. Yair Golan, the Israeli army's deputy chief of personnel said.
Golan referenced the Hebron event, where an IDF soldier was recorded executing an already incapacitated Palestinian assailant that was pushing the ground defenceless.
The soldier in concern, Sgt. Elor Azaria, has been detained and made to answer manslaughter charges by a military tribunal for the killing; a move that has actually been met with ferocious opposition by Zionists who assert that the brazen execution was in some way justified.
In yet another damning crime against humankind, IDF soldiers allegedly assassinated an innocent household. The brutal incident occurred at the Qalandia terminal, north of occupied Jerusalem. IDF soldiers reportedly shot and killed the Palestinian mother of 2, who was five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother. Then they stopped Palestinian medics on the scene from providing the needed aid.
Exposing the murder of a pregnant female is barely antisemitic, yet this label is typically thrown around and used to chastise individuals who dare call out the criminal activities of the Israeli state.
Even Gen. Golan, who is Jewish, and a basic in the Israeli army, was mocked for his comments.
Knowing these techniques of smearing individuals for speaking out, Waters bravely exposes them. In the interview, Waters explained how America artists are 'afraid s***less' to call interest to Israeli criminal activities. Nevertheless, he kept in mind that we desperately require brave artists to begin speaking out as artists did throughout the Vietnam war.
Here are some of Waters's statements to the Independent:.
“The only response to BDS is that it is anti-Semitic,” Waters told The Independent, in his first major UK interview about his commitment to Israeli activism. “I know this because I have been accused of being a Nazi and an anti-Semite for the past 10 years.
“My industry has been particularly recalcitrant in even raising a voice [against Israel]. There’s me and Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Manic Street Preachers, one or two others, but there’s nobody in the United States where I live. I’ve talked to a lot of them, and they are scared s***less….
“If they say something in public they will no longer have a career. They will be destroyed. I’m hoping to encourage some of them to stop being frightened and to stand up and be counted, because we need them. We need them desperately in this conversation in the same way we needed musicians to join protesters over Vietnam.”
“My father died fighting the Nazis, my mother [a strong Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Labour supporter] devoted her life to doing everything she could to create a more humane world.
“We are asking questions that have never been asked until the last couple of years, which are bringing the wrath of the Israeli lobby down on people like me and all the others who dare to question and criticise.
“[The Israeli lobby] is determined not to let that conversation develop into one that people can listen to and that is why they accuse us of being Nazis. This idea that BDS is the thin end of some kind of genocidal Nazi wedge that ends up in another Holocaust – well it isn’t.”
Waters' bravery is on full screen in this current interview and is a true testimony to his character. Anyone who's paid attention to Pink Floyd's music knows that this band is awake and aware and unafraid to call out the establishment-- regardless of being chastised for it.
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