Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is always trying to stop artists from performing in Israel. Recently, he signed an open letter calling for the cancellation of a huge musical event that is set to take place next week in Tel Aviv.
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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters is among the 11 artists who signed an open letter endorsed by the Artists for Palestine UK organization. The letter calls for the Chemical Brothers to cancel their upcoming concert in Israel.
“Tel Aviv’s hipster vibe is a bubble on the surface of a very deep security state that drove out half the indigenous Palestinian population in 1948 and has no intention of letting their descendants back in,” the letter reads. “If you go to Tel Aviv, your presence will be used by the Israeli authorities to reassure their citizens that all’s right with the world and nobody really cares that the Palestinians are suffering. You could step back from this.”
The anti-Israel artists close their letter with a final plea: “Please don’t go.”
The letter was also signed by prominent British celebrities including playwright Caryl Churchill, poet Liz Lochhead and actress Maxine Peake. More than 7,000 people have signed a BDS online petition urging the band to cancel their show.
This isn’t the first time that Waters has attempted to prevent other artists from performing in the State of Israel. In the past, he has contacted Robbie Williams and the rock band Eagles of Death Metal for the same reason. Waters is a vocal supporter and representative of the BDS Movement.