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Pink Floyd Stands in Solidarity with All-Women Flotilla to Gaza

  • The band has been active in their support of Palestine.

    The band has been active in their support of Palestine. | Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Twitter / @GazaFFlotilla

Published 8 October 2016
Opinion

The band deplores the women’s “illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force,” they said in a statement.

Eleven years ago, Pink Floyd reunited in London for a concert; 11 years later they have reunited for another cause: to publicly support the Women’s Boat to Gaza, the all-women solidarity flotilla to Gaza, known as Zaytouna.  

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Having set sail from Barcelona, Spain, nearly a month ago, the solidarity activists were detained by Israeli forces Wednesday before they reached Israel's unilaterally declared buffer zone – also known as the "military exclusion zone".

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On Thursday, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters issued a statement on the band’s Facebook page, in support of the women that had embarked on the journey. “David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and deplore their illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force,” the post read. The same statement appeared on Waters’ Facebook page.

The Freedom Flotilla said all the women have been released, or are on their way home, deported from the shores of Gaza after having been detained for two days.

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After having visited Israel in 2005, Roger Waters has extensively supported Palestine, calling for the cultural boycott of Israel and its institution, as well as offering support for the divest campaign against the apartheid state.

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