“The similarities between Israel and Nazi Germany are crushingly obvious," said former Pink Floyd frontman and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters.
Pro-Palestine Waters, has once again sparked controversy for his recent comments in an interview with CounterPunch magazine, in which he has compared the modern Israeli government to Nazi Germany.
Accusing Israel of ethnic cleansing and referring to the Jewish state as a racist apartheid regime, he commented about his support of a cultural boycott of Israel by saying:
"For an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people’s land and oppresses them the way Israel does, is plain wrong. They should say no. I would not have played for the Vichy government in occupied France in the Second World War, 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.”
Several Jewish public figures, including famous Jewish thinker Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, have reacted to these comments made by Waters. In a piece for the New York Observer, Rabbi writes:
“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.”
Waters has responded to these comments by saying, “I have nothing against Jews or Israelis, and I am not antisemitic. I deplore the policies of the Israeli government in the occupied territories and Gaza. They are immoral, inhuman and illegal,” reports The Guardian.
Waters Israel-Nazi Comparison has put him at the centre of a furious dispute.
Last week, a spokesman of Britain’s Community Security Trust while reacting to Waters statement said that his comments "echo the language of antisemitism" and added that the musician was "living proof of how easily people who pursue extreme anti-Israel politics can drift into antisemitic statements and ideas".
Internet users on the other hand, have a mixed reaction towards his comments. Have a look:
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In all seriousness, when you have an entire class of people ruled by a select oligarchy treating human beings like cattle, I think the term Nazi wouldn't be that inaccurate. Criticizing a corrupt and depersonalized regime that is not even your own country falls well within the right to free speech.
There's a vast difference between "not so innocent" and "teh NAZI".
Not true. For one thing, the nazis usually fought their own battles...
It's about time that Israel stopped using anti-semitism as an excuse for persecution of Palestinians. Respect for @rogerwaters— Adrian Hollister (@adrianhollister) December 15, 2013
Israel has become what they fought against for so long. Once as a people, they struggled for the noble cause of freedom. Now corrupted by greed power and prestige. They have become the monsters that they once fled from. Roger is right about Israel.
The Israelis are fascists but not Nazis. Of course, the entire Western world is transitioning to fascism.
Gotta love Roger Waters man! "Former Pink Floyd frontman sparks fury by comparing Israelis to Nazis" http://t.co/3tiAjEJ9ck— محمود الثاني™ (@OthmaNation) December 15, 2013
Former Pink Floyd band member is quite a campaigner when it comes to this issue.
Earlier this year, Waters was called “an open hater of Jews” for projecting the image of a Star of David on a pig during a performance of ‘The Wall.’ Waters defended himself 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.”
On Monday, he wrote a public letter the American Studies Association in which he urged members to endorse a proposed boycott of Israeli academic institutions to protest the country’s treatment of Palestinians.
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