Former UK Prime Minister and Special Envoy of the Quartet on the Middle East, Tony Blair, has blasted Roger Waters for his disgusting comments on Israel.
The former Prime Minister spoke out after the Pink Floyd singer and guitarist compared the Israeli government to Nazi Germany and called for a boycott by artists over its record on rights for Palestinians.
Waters, a Labour activist and supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, said the ‘parallels [between Israel’s actions] and what went on in the 1930s in Germany are so crushingly obvious’ and criticised the ‘extraordinarily powerful’ Jewish lobby.
Mr Blair, who frequently defended Israel’s record during his time as a Middle East peace envoy, was asked in an interview if Waters’s remarks were anti-Semitic.
‘I think the criticism [of Israel by Waters] is so ludicrous that it indicates a basic hostility to the notion of a homeland for the Jewish people… you’ve got to overcome the legacy of that ideological poison which has dripped into the system over many decades,’ he said.
Mr Blair was also asked during the interview by campaigning filmmaker Ian Halperin, as part of a documentary about Waters’s political beliefs, whether it was a ‘big insult to six million innocent Jews who perished’ to make the comparison with Hitler’s Germany.
Mr Blair said: ‘Yes. I’m a great fan of the music of Pink Floyd, but I don’t agree with Roger Waters and his campaign. I think it is part of a wider alliance which is dangerous and worries me… which is the leftist-Islamist alliance. It’s a growing problem… there is nothing progressive about a totalitarian ideology.’
A spokeswoman for Waters declined to comment.
Granted, Blair would not come out and say explicitly Waters is an antisemite, but his comments are nevertheless damning.
Incidentally, here is the trailer to the documentary in which Blair makes the comments.
And of course why I believe Waters is an antisemite.