Roger Waters Responds to Documentary in Predictably Lame Fashion

After days of silence about it – which I assume was terribly difficult for a person who finds it hard to keep his piehole shut – disgraced antisemite Roger Waters has finally responded to the documentary showing him to be a disgraced antisemite.

Predictably, he reaches in to his bag of antisemitism denial tricks by claiming 1) his critics are conflating anti-Zionism with antisemitism 2) those behind the documentary have a pro-Israel agenda 3) some of his best friends are Jewish 4) he is an irreverent guy who cannot recall all the things he may have said irreverently in the past 5) when he proposed that an inflatable pig floating above his concerts be scrawled with the words “dirty kike,” he meant it as a way of exposing the evils and horrors of fascism and extremism.

Earlier this month the Campaign Against Antisemitism contacted me about a film they have made. They gave me seven days to respond to multiple questions about matters dating back to 2002 and 2010. Initially I took the view that their attacks on my character did not deserve a response. However, now that the attacks are in circulation, I want to put my response on record.

All my life I have used the platform my career has given me to support causes I believe in. I passionately believe in Universal Human Rights. I have always worked to make the world a better, more just and more equitable place for all my brothers and sisters, all over the world, irrespective of their ethnicity, religion or nationality, from indigenous peoples threatened by the US oil industry to Iranian women protesting for their rights.

That is why I am active in the non-violent protest movement against the Israeli government’s illegal occupation of Palestine and its egregious treatment of Palestinians.

Those who wish to conflate that position with antisemitism do a great disservice to us all.

People need to know about the CAA, the organisation that made this film. Following complaints to the Charity Commission the CAA is facing scrutiny. Its core purpose is waging partisan political campaigns against critics of the state of Israel. So I knew their questions were not asked in good faith.

Truth is, I’m frequently mouthy and prone to irreverence, I can’t recall what I said 13 or more years ago. I’ve worked closely for many years with many Jewish people, musicians and others.  If I have upset the two individuals who appear in the film I’m sorry for that. But I can say with certainty that I am not, and have never been, an antisemite – as anyone who really knows me will testify. I know the Jewish people to be a diverse, interesting, and complicated bunch, just like the rest of humanity. Many are allies in the fight for equality and justice, in Israel, Palestine and around the world.

The film totally distorts and misrepresents my views about the Israeli state and its political ideology, Zionism. It relies on a definition of antisemitism that sees criticising Israel as inherently antisemitic and assumes that Zionism is an essential element in Jewish identity. These opinions, clearly shared by the presenter and the two interviewees, are widely contested by many, including many Jewish people.

The CAA film manipulates footage and quotations to serve its agenda and is seriously misleading in many respects. What it says about my latest tour,  This Is Not A Drill,  repeats a series of falsehoods that have already been debunked, many times, not just by me, but in the German courts, after attempts were made to have my show banned there. The offensive words I referenced in quotes in an email 13 years ago, were my brainstorming ideas on how to make the evils and horrors of fascism and extremism apparent and shocking to a generation that may not fully appreciate the ever-present threat.   They are not the manifestation of any underlying bigotry as the film suggests.   Quite the opposite.  I have been trying to expose the evils of fascism ever since learning of my father’s death fighting fascists in World War II.

In summary, the film is a flimsy, unapologetic piece of propaganda that indiscriminately mixes things I’m alleged to have said or done at different times and in different contexts, in an effort to portray me as an antisemite, without any foundation in fact.


I think the key sentence here is “Truth is, I’m frequently mouthy and prone to irreverence, I can’t recall what I said 13 or more years ago.” The rest is commentary. He is not denying he said those things, and the “I do not recall” excuse should not fool anyone of sound mind.

Bear also in mind that the antisemitic things he allegedly said all those years ago (and cannot recall saying) were entirely unrelated to Israel.

As for his claim that there were good intentions behind his suggestion to put the word “Kike” on the pig, this is actually not even relevant; as Bob Ezrin said in the documentary (regarding the pig having a star of David):

“Nobody really understands the profound meaning that Roger will ascribe to the pig. They just see symbols of anti-Semitism and so for the antisemites in the audience that’s a rallying cry that’s a flag they can follow.”

One of the most interesting things to me about Waters’ response is the lack of a threat to sue. Perhaps he realizes he doesn’t have a leg to stand on.


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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