UNITED KINGDOM – Roger Waters, one of the most vocal advocates for cultural boycott of Israel, pens an open letter to Madonna, urging her to cancel her performance at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, and dismisses claims of harboring anti-Semitic views.
In a letter – published Wednesday in the Guardian newspaper – the former Pink Floyd frontman writes that artists who perform in Israel normalize “the occupation, the apartheid, the ethnic cleansing, the incarceration of children, the slaughter of unarmed protesters … all that bad stuff.”
“Some of my fellow musicians who have recently performed in Israel say they are doing it to build bridges and further the cause of peace. Bullshit,” said Waters. “To perform in Israel is a lucrative gig.”
Later in the letter, the 75-year-old dismisses claims accusing him of being anti-Semitic, suggesting criticism of Israel is being unfairly equated to having anti-Jewish views.
“That accusation can be used as a smokescreen to divert attention and discredit those who shine a light on Israel’s crimes against humanity,” he said. “I should point out that I support the fight for human rights for all oppressed peoples everywhere. If I support the Rohingyas and deplore the Myanmar persecution of them, it doesn’t make me anti-Buddhist.”
Next to his appealing was a video message to the Greek Eurovision entrant causes sensation. Roger Waters praises the Greek singer and kindly asks her to be the one who will make the difference and boycott the Israeli Eurovision Song Contest edition.
His appeal is part of his campaign with is also accompanied by a new song title “Are you the one”, asking Katerine Duska if she is aware of the situation under which the Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip.
He also gives a very good attempt on his Greek and refers to the good singing skills of Katerina, prompting her song “Somebody”
The moment we publish this news we have no reaction by Katerine Duska
George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English songwriter, singer, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Waters initially served as the bassist, but following the departure of songwriter Syd Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.
Pink Floyd achieved international success with the concept albums The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975), Animals (1977), and The Wall (1979). By the early 1980s, they had become one of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful groups in popular music; by 2013, they had sold more than 250 million albums worldwide. Amid creative differences, Waters left in 1985 and began a legal dispute with the remaining members over the use of the band’s name and material. They settled out of court in 1987.
Waters’ solo work includes the studio albums The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking (1984), Radio K.A.O.S. (1987), Amused to Death (1992), and Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017). In 2005, he released Ça Ira, an opera translated from Étienne and Nadine Roda-Gils’ libretto about the French Revolution.
In 1990, Waters staged one of the largest rock concerts in history, The Wall – Live in Berlin, with an attendance of 450,000. As a member of Pink Floyd, he was inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005.
Later that year, he reunited with Pink Floyd bandmates Mason, Wright and David Gilmour for the Live 8 global awareness event, the group’s first appearance with Waters since 1981. He has toured extensively as a solo act since 1999; he performed The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for his world tour of 2006–2008, and in 2010 began the Wall Live tour, the highest-grossing of all time by a solo artist[frontpage_news widget=”75272″ name=””]