Pink Floyd superstar Roger Waters has criticized Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper for distorting one of his interviews, saying that Israel “clear and simple” commits the “crime” of apartheid against Palestinians.
In a note on his Facebook page, he writes, “The measured, reasonable and humane conversation that Alon and I had … was intended as a way for me to communicate with my Israeli fans, to explain my position on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), to break down Walls, and shed light on possible misunderstandings and our shared predicament.”
Waters claimed that the interview “has been re-written as a combative, ill-natured, dog-fight,” filled with “distortions and untruths.”
“Both questions and answers were changed,”Waters wrote, “I can only assume to suit an editorial agenda.”
Walters said Yediot Ahronot’s falsely claimed that “he rushed to call every artist with plans to come to Israel to try to convince him not to come here.”
While according to him, “It’s simply not so.”
In order to register his dissatisfaction with the whole issue, Rogers went a step further than posting on his Facebook page and wrote an open letter to the editor of the paper itself.
“The article was a serious distortion of the actual interview I gave,“ he wrote. “Both questions and answers were changed. I can only assume to suit an editorial agenda. “
“It has been re-written as a combative, ill-natured, dog-fight. It appears, with all its distortions and untruths, to want to maintain the status quo, alienate me from my fans in Israel and retreat from any consideration of the position that all the peoples of the region deserve to live in peace and justice with equal rights for all under the same laws, irrespective of color, race or religion. I have today received and studied a transcript of the interview I gave. The thing that is most strikingly different between the actual interview and what you printed in your magazine is that you have rewritten all the questions. It is very shoddy journalism to hold up to be real, what is in fact, a fabrication. I attach a link to the transcript at the end of this letter, should your readers and my Israeli fans wish to know what really happened, and what was really said.
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As for the article itself, the editorial content is littered with misinformation. As you know, I have an agreement with your paper that I have copy approval of my quotes. When I finally got an English translation of the article, even though there was very little time before you went to press, I sat up half the night trying to correct some of the worst errors. You largely ignored my input,” he added.
He then goes on to mention what he called, “two specific untruths.”
The entire letter to the editor can be read here.