Monday, March 07, 2011

Oh, Roger...

Roger Waters, best known for his work with the band Pink Floyd, has joined the Israeli boycott movement. As such, Pink Floyd has forever lost me as a fan. It's a shame, too. I really despise it when musical artists decide that they don't care about their fans.
Former Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters has officially joined the the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel, and is urging fellow artists to do the same.

In a letter posted on the website of the Alternative information Center, Waters said he would continue to wage a boycott campaign against Israel until it ends its occupation of the West Bank and dismantles the security fence, grants full equality to Arab citizens of Israel and allows all Palestinian refugees to return to their homes in Israel.

"Where governments refuse to act, people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal," Waters, a co-founder of the Pink Floyd rock band, wrote in the letter dated Feb. 25. "For me it means declaring my intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine, but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their governments racist and colonial policies, by joining a campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.

"My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. My position is not anti-Semitic. This is not an attack on the people of Israel. This is, however, a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott."
Wait a minute. Not anti-Semitic? Not an attack on the people of Israel? Doesn't boycotting Israel hurt the economy? How is that not an attack on Israelis and their way of life?

Say what you will Roger, but keep in mind that the Libyan government is a dictatorship and many of these Arab countries are killing their own people to prevent democracy. I'm tired of this whole fucking BDS bullshit. It's pure bullshit.

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