Roger Waters says Israeli diplomacy akin to Nazi propaganda (ISRAEL HAYOM) Eli Leon and Israel Hayom Staff 07/17/17)
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In a new tirade on the BDS Movement´s Facebook page, the former Pink
Floyd lead singer says Israel is the harshest regime in the world and
is heading toward being a "pariah state" ē Boycotting Israel is a
protest tool and a "realistic tactic," he says.
Former Pink Floyd lead singer Roger Waters on Saturday again expressed
support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement,
and called on his fellow artists to boycott the Jewish state.
Waters also compared Israel´s public diplomacy to Nazi propaganda.
The British rocker is one of Israel´s most boisterous critics, and a
staunch supporter of the movement that calls for Israel´s international
In an hour-long video chat with BDS leader Omar Barghouti on the BDS
Movement´s official Facebook page, Waters went on a tirade against
Israel, saying there is no harsher regime in the world.
Waters said there is "no point" in holding a dialogue with Israelis and
"I think that artists who say that they can somehow improve the
situation by going and playing in Israel and having conversations with
Israeli artists are wrong," he said.
"I´ll tell you why I think theyíre wrong, and that is because there are
many, many Israeli Jews who are part of the BDS movement ... and any of
those people will say, ´No, I donít want to sit around a campfire with
you, what I want you to do is not cross the picket line.´"
He stressed it was "impossible" to promote a dialogue with "a
population that have largely been under a state of living in propaganda
24 hours a day, seven days a week, all their lives, since they were
He also claimed the BDS movement is "hovering around a tipping point"
and that Israel is heading toward being a "pariah state."
In the video, which had been viewed by over 50,000 Facebook users as of
Sunday, the aging rocker was asked what he would say to South Africans
who claim that describing Israel as an apartheid state is insulting to
Anyone who claims that is "entirely ignorant," he retorted.
Comparing Israeli government activities to those of Nazi Germany,
Waters evoked the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, saying,
"Itís hard not to go back to Goebbels. ... The tactic is to tell the
big lie as often as possible over and over and over again."
He said that "boycott is a very specific strategy and tactic that you
can use as a tool of protest in very certain specific situations. Itís
a realistic tactic to affect the government and the people of Israel."
Waters, however, failed to provide even one example showing that the
boycott tactic has had any tangible effect on Israeli policies.
Asked by Barghouti why he does not protest against other regimes in the
world, Waters replied, "Iím not sure there are any much harsher regimes
around the world, actually, if you look at it."
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