German TV cancels backing for planned concert with former Pink Floyd front man due to singer’s anti-Semitic views.
The concert was nixed after Cologne resident Malca Goldstein-Wolf launched a petition to prevent the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) television network from using public funds to sponsor the event. The petition referenced the rocker’s use of anti-Semitic rhetoric and imagery, and gained nearly 1,400 signatures.
Waters has compared the Israeli government to Nazi Germany and has claimed the “powerful Jewish lobby” runs the media.
Waters is a vociferous supporter of the anti-Israel BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. He has voiced support for the Hamas terror organization. He regularly exerts public pressure on performers slated to perform in Israel and demands that they refrain from doing so, claiming it will generate pressure on Israel’s “apartheid” and “criminal” government. In most cases he is ignored and fails in his mission.
Goldstein-Wolf’s tactic was to accuse the chairman of the Cologne-based TV station Tom Buhrow with allowing the spread of antisemitism by televising Waters, which targets Israel and has used antisemitic imagery at his concerts.
Buhrow responded in a Facebook post to Goldstein-Wolf on Saturday, writing “I sense that not many words and arguments will convince you, rather only clear action. The cooperation with the concert was ended.” Goldstein-Wolf’s online petition titled “No support for the antisemite Roger Walters with public funds of the WDR” garnered nearly 1,400 signatures.
Waters recently campaigned to pressure Radiohead and Nick Cave into canceling their concerts in Israel. The efforts failed.
Waters is notoriously anti-Israel and, some say, an anti-Semite. He regularly utilizes his concerts to blast the Jewish State and promote actions against it.
Waters’ show, entitled “Us and Them,” was slated to take place on June 11, 2018, at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena.