Dark Side of the Mo(r)on

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.

About Aussie Dave

An Aussie immigrant to Israel, Aussie Dave is founder of Israellycool, one of the world's most popular pro-Israel blogs (and the one you are currently reading) He is a happy family man, and a lover of steak, Australian sports and girlie drinks

comments

  • Jim from Iowa

    Thanks for sharing this video, Dave. Again, without IsraellyCool, I would know a lot less about the world. You would never see something like this on PBS' "Newshour" the only daily longform news program on American TV. But I have to say I didn't get the same message that Mr. Foxman got. The message I got was "War is bad and is caused by religion, money and lots of other stuff." It was pretty incoherent and scattershot for my money. Give me Michael Moore for political propaganda over this stuff any day.

  • Joel

    Roger Waters father was killed at Anzio in 1944 and I do not think that psychologically he has ever gotten over that.

    • AEWHistory

      That's a shame he had to die at Anzio…. since he could've died a bit earlier and saved us from this little anti-Semitic fruit of his loins…

  • walt kovacs

    i love the original floyd

    but thanks to having no professional training, and indulging way too much as a youth, waters lost his voice long ago

    so now he is left to doing stage stunts to entertain the fans

    time to hang it up roger

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