Roger Waters Accuses Jon Bon Jovi Of Supporting Extremism

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"You stand shoulder to shoulder/With the settler who burned the baby," Pink Floyd co-founder writes in his open letter to Bon Jovi ahead of their concert in Israel.

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Long an opponent of Israeli policies toward Palestine, Roger Waters slammed Bon Jovi slamming the ahead of their October 3rd concert in Tel Aviv in an op-ed for Salon.

The former Pink Floyd frontman penned the open letter in response to Jon Bon Jovi telling Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot that he is “excited to come” to Israel.

Referring to the murder of an 18-month-old toddler who was allegedly set on fire by Jewish right-wingers, Waters accused the American rock group of supporting extremism.

"Having read Jon's comments last week in Yedioth Ahronoth, I won't waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians," Rogers wrote, before listing the following Palestinian casualties caused by the Israeli government.

“You stand shoulder to shoulder

With the settler who burned the baby

With the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie

With the soldier who shot the soccer player’s feet to bits.”

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Waters frequently calls on his fellow artists to boycott performing in Israel.

Last year, he condemned actress Scarlett Johansson’s decision to leave an international charity organization for an Israeli soda manufacturing company SodaStream that reportedly employs  workers, including some 500 Palestinians, in the Mishor Adumim industrial park which is located in a West Bank settlement – an Israeli occupied territory deemed as illegal by the international community.

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