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Roger Waters: I Deny Being Antisemitic, and Now I Will Remind You How I Am

Roger Waters has been interviewed by a website called the Austin Chronicle, which seems more than willing to assist him in spreading his vile views.

Waters starts off with his usual refrain: that accusations of antisemitism are falsely leveled against human rights activists like himself.

The dark side of the moron

I’ve been actively involved in BDS for about 15 years now, and it’s occurring to more and more and more people as the years go by that the attacks on me and others that support basic human rights for the people of Palestine are increasingly viewed through exactly what you just described, a smoke screen. When somebody criticizes the Israeli government, if they call them an anti-Semite loudly enough and long enough, it may just divert people from paying attention to the fact that that person you’re calling an anti-Semite is almost certainly an advocate of basic human rights for all our brothers and sisters all over the world irrespective of their religion, or color, or nationality, or anything else.

He then proceeds to demonstrate exactly why we feel he really is an antisemite.

Like when he lets stand the interviewer’s claim that Jews ripped off artists in the music industry…and makes it worse by saying what Israel is doing is worse.

AC: Somehow this reminds me of a time in the music industry when it became fashionable to say Jews ran the music industry and ripped off all their artists, a common accusation leveled at Chess Records. In that situation too, antisemitism clouded the real dialogue: widespread artist abuse – fiscally.

RW: Ripping off artists? This is ripping off an entire people. This is stealing the whole land from the people that lived there. That’s a completely different issue.

Also, his blatant lies against the Jewish state:

They don’t want us to focus on that, which is what I focus on. My whole platform is tiny. If I wrote it on a postcard and stood on it, I would say this is my platform: Do you or do you not subscribe to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from Paris in 1948? Interestingly enough, that’s the same year as the Nakba [the Palestinian expulsion from the West Bank] and the same year as the settler colonial Zionist movement started in Palestine.

(Even modern Zionism precedes 1948. Note also how the Chronicle does not even know what the Nakba is, confusing it with the 1967 war, although it is wrong to say the inhabitants were all expelled)

[Israel] cannot hide. They’re coming close to an attempt at genocide. What they’re doing is attempting 100% ethnic cleansing of the occupied territories so that they can settle them completely and that the whole of Palestine can become a Jewish state with no Arabs in it. That’s their dream.

(absolutely not true – our goal has always been to live in peace and security, as history can attest. As for accusations of genocide, not even close)

It’s an apartheid, racist, settler-colonialist situation exactly like South Africa was.

(I have also dealt with this bogus allegation on numerous occasions)

He also speaks about an all-powerful lobby:

People in the music industry, who I won’t name because I respect their confidence, have written to me and said, “You’re crazy. This is the end of your career. You can’t fight the Israeli lobby.”

It also does not help how he keeps namedropping people he thinks are evil, the majority of who seem to be Jews.

Well, now we’re having to confront the notion that is there a God and does he give the scepter and orb to the oligarchs? Is it okay that Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos rule the world? And fucking Bloomberg, who’s out there buying it now. He spent $200 million already buying a possible place in history. It certainly has nothing to do with freedom, nothing to do with democracy, nothing to humanity, and it certainly has nothing to do with human rights.

And this film, there’s Reagan going on about what wonderful work he’s doing in El Salvador, spreading freedom and democracy [laughs unbelievably]. And there’s death squads, going all over the country murdering people. They estimate they might have killed 35,000 people. Okay? And this is at the behest of Reagan and Dr. Strangelove. What was his name? Kissinger, Henry Kissinger.

Well, the main sponsor was Steven Cohen, the criminal fucking billionaire whatever who paid a billion-dollar fine to keep himself out of prison.

Just a coincidence, right Roger?

Face it, this guy hates Jews so much, he cannot hide it, even if he tries.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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