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Pink Floyd Tribute Band Cancels Israel Shows at Waters' Request

  • Roger Waters has been outspoken against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

    Roger Waters has been outspoken against the Israeli occupation of Palestine. | Photo: Efe

Published 9 December 2018

"Do human rights extend to the indigenous people of Palestine?" Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters asked world leaders earlier this year.

A Pink Floyd cover band from the United Kingdom canceled three of its concerts in Israel at the request of Roger Waters, co-founder of the iconic psychedelic rock band.

Roger Waters: 'Do Human Rights Extend To Palestinians?'

The U.K. Pink Floyd Experience was scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Beersheba in Israel, in January.

"To sing my songs in front of segregated audiences in Israel, and contribute to the cultural whitewashing of the racist and apartheid government of that country, would be an act of unconscionable malice and disrespect," Waters wrote on Facebook Friday. "The people you intend to entertain are executing their neighbour's children, shooting them down in cold blood every day."

Waters, British singer and songwriter, and activist, is also an outspoken advocate for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The non-violent BDS movement, founded in 2005 by 170 Palestinian unions, political parties, refugee networks, and women organizations, among others, has gained such renown that it was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Water’s first encounter with the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement was in 2005 or 2006 when he performed in Israel. “They told me they preferred if I didn’t play there because it served to whitewash the occupation,” so he canceled his show in Tel Aviv, playing instead in an ecumenical farming community.

The right-wing Israeli government has flagged the movement as a national security threat.


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