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Roger Waters Compares Israeli Government to Nazis

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Roger Waters is in trouble with Jewish leaders yet again for his comments made about Israel. The former Pink Floyd bassist recently compared the Israeli government’s treatment of the Palestinians to Nazis.

The Guardian points to an interview Waters did with CounterPunch, where he spoke about his support for a cultural boycott of Israel. “I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War,” he said. “I would not have played in Berlin either during this time. Many people did, back in the day. There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time it’s the Palestinian People being murdered…The parallels with what went on in the ’30s in Germany are so crushingly obvious that it doesn’t surprise me that the movement that both you and I are involved in is growing every day.”

In response, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach addressed Waters directly in the New York Observer, “Mr. Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul…You have disgraced yourself by comparing the martyred six million, which included one-and-a-half million children who were gassed to death in cold blood, to Palestinian terror organizations like Hamas, whose stated intention it is to wipe Israel off the map.”

Earlier this year, Waters was called “an open hater of Jews” for projecting the image of a Star of David — and other religious symbols — on a pig during a performance of ‘The Wall.’ Waters responded by saying, “Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC.”

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