Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: ‘Israel is a Colonial Oppressive Regime’
There’s nothing worse than liberal celebrities spouting political commentary — except when such comments are unfounded and serve as a sort of pied piper for younger generations.
Cultural icon and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters recently sat down with HuffPost Live and discussed his views on Israel’s “oppressive regime” and ill-treatment of Palestine. Waters stated that his involvement in the BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanctions) movement began back in 2006, giving him plenty of time to be well-versed on the issue.
Waters claimed that the BDS movement is a non-violent, peaceful protest against the Israeli government “occupying territories,” specifically referring to the West Bank and the Gaza strip.
He began by justifying his high level of criticism towards Israel, remarking:
It is perfectly legitimate to criticize any government’s, uh, policies particularly if it’s a colonial you-know-what. In my view, in my view, I’m always prepared to be wrong about everything, but in my view it’s a colonial oppressive regime.
He went on to note that his criticism was not towards the Israeli people or against Judaism — and he most certainly was not anti-Semitic! In fact, Waters explained, the reason why people think he is anti-Semitic is because they can’t see the “evil” Jewish state as he does — a nation that bombs Gaza and engages in a “creeping genocide.”
What Waters fails to understand that is that Israel is a nation state specifically created for the Jewish people. Waters’ hatred for Israeli policies and his sympathy for Palestine falls right in line with the anti-Semitic dialogue. He ignores the historical fact that Israel was complicit in the United Nations giving Israeli land to the Arabs and granting them the ability to live under Palestinian authority, which they have rejected.
Waters also conveniently turns a blind eye to the fact that it is Palestinian terror groups such as Hamas that launch deadly attacks on Israelis and even jeopardize its own people, with the goal of destroying the Jewish State.
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