Waters Denies Anti-Semitic Charge
Roger Waters has hit back at allegations that a visual sequence seen during his current The Wall extravaganza is anti-Semitic.
The Anti-Defamation League in America, which exists to protect the Jewish community, took exception to footage shown during the song Goodbye Blue Sky. This shows a B-52 bomber dropping the Star Of David, the dollar sign and the logos of Shell and Mercedes.
The ADL say that the act of putting the Star Of David next to the dollar sign, dredged up, ‘The worst age-old anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews and their supposed obsession with making money’.
Responding in an open letter published by The Independent, Waters retorted: “I watch the workings of politics here [in the US] and particularly the Republican Party. They work with the axiom that you can tell as many lies as you want – and often the bigger the better – and eventually they will believed. If I don’t respond people will see the story and will come to believe I’m anti-Semitic, and I’m not. Nothing could be further from the truth”
“[This is] representative of religious and national and commercial interests, all of which have a malign influence on our lives and prevent us from treating each other decently.”
Waters further added that he believed the ADL had targeted him because of previous criticisms he’s made of Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
“It’s a screen that they hide behind. I don’t think they should be taken seriously on that. You can attack Israeli policy without being anti-Jewish. It’s like saying if you criticise the US policy you are being anti-Christian. I’m critical of the Israeli policy of occupying Palestinian land and their policy of building settlements, which is entirely illegal under international law, and also of ghettoising the people whose land they are building on. It’s that foreign policy I’m against. It’s nothing to do with the religion”.
You can find out how much credence there is in the ADL argument when Waters plays shows over here in 2011.
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