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Musician Roger Waters is one of those celebrities whose moral repugnance seems to at least be on a par with his talent.
Besides his musical achievements, he is also known for his anti-Israel views, as I have posted in the past. But now he has revealed his hand – antisemitic Jack-Ace.
During his performances of “Goodbye Blue Sky” at a recent Waters gig in Toronto, an animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David followed by dollar signs.
See from 1:30 in the following clip (hat tip: Z Word Blog).
Now it is true the clip also displays bombs in the shape of crosses, Muslim crescents and a fuel company’s logo, but the dollar signs come right after the Stars of David. Coincidence? I think not. And neither does the ADL.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued a statement saying that “it is outrageous that Roger Waters has chosen to use the juxtaposition of a Jewish Star of David with the symbol of dollar signs. While he insists that his intent was to criticize Israel’s West Bank security fence, the use of such imagery in a concert setting seems to leave the message open to interpretation, and the meaning could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money.
“Of course Waters has every right to express his political views about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through his music and stagecraft. However, the images he has chosen, when put together in the same sequence, cross a line into anti-Semitism.
“We wish that Waters had chosen some other way to convey his political views without playing into and dredging up the worst age-old anti-Semitic stereotype about Jews and their supposed obsession with making money.”
Waters, to paraphrase your iconic Pink Floyd song: we don’t need no education from you. You’re just another prick in the world.