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Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:31 AM

Anti-Semitic display at Roger Waters concert

Pig-shaped balloon with Star of David alongside fascist symbols released during British musician's concert in Belgium. ‘I really love his music,’ says Israeli viewer, 'but this time he crossed the line’

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4409388,00.html

On Saturday night, Israelis were among those who attended a British musician and former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ concert in Belgium. Even as Waters is a known activist pushing for the boycott of Israel, Israelis were still amazed to see that the show included a blatantly anti-Semitic display.

Toward its end, a black balloon in the shape of a wild pig was released to the sky, on it a Star of David, in the company of symbols of dictatorial organizations and regimes from around the world.

Rogers’ concert took place as part of the music festival in the city of Werchter, and it opened his European tour. Next to the Star of David, on the wild pig balloon, there was also a sign of oil conglomerate Shell, and a graffiti message stating, “Everything will be okay, just keep consuming,” and “What’s wrong with people?”

“I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel,” says Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli living in Belgium. “And I had a lot of fun, until I noticed the Star of David, on the inflatable pig. That was the only religious-national symbol which appeared among other symbols for fascism, dictatorships and oppression of people. Waters crossed the line and gave expression to an anti-Semitic message, beyond all his messages of anti-militancy....

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Reply Anti-Semitic display at Roger Waters concert (Original post)
shira Jul 2013 OP
Deep13 Jul 2013 #1
oberliner Jul 2013 #3
chelsea0011 Jul 2013 #2
azurnoir Jul 2013 #4
chelsea0011 Jul 2013 #5

Response to shira (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:59 AM

1. Was it a star of David or an Israeli flag?

So, were the 1980s boycotts of South Africa racist?

Jewish =/= Israel. Most Jews don't live in Israel. One the other hand many non-Jews do live there. Israel is a nation-state with a government and that government has certain policies. If people don't like those policies, they are free to spend their money elsewhere. Deal with it.

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Response to Deep13 (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:42 AM

3. It was a Star of David not an Israeli flag

There are images available online if you'd like to check.

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Response to shira (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:24 AM

2. The ADL complained back in 2010 about the plane drop sequence during American Tour



The tour did raise complaints about antisemitism during the US tour. Although, I can't remember if the Star of David was on the pig. The Pig has changes made to it. The tour has had Pigs fly away unexpectedly during shows. But the complaint about the plane drop had many other symbols falling out of the plane.

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Response to chelsea0011 (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:10 PM

4. This time the ADL is defending Roger Waters

Roger Waters' Star of David Pig Balloon 'Not Antisemitic'

The Jewish watchdog Anti-Defamation League has defended British rock star Roger Waters, a critic of Israel, after he released a pig-shaped balloon decorated with a Star of David over his stage performance of The Wall.

The stunt, performed at a show in Belgium, angered other Jewish organisations including the Simon Wiesenthal Centre who called Waters - a well-known activist in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel - "an open hater of Jews".

Israelis in Belgium were reportedly shocked at the sight of the Star of David on the blowup pig.

"That was the only religious-national symbol which appeared among other symbols for fascism, dictatorship and oppression of people,"Alon Onfus Asif told daily Yediot Ahronot. "Waters crossed the line and gave expression to an anti-Semitic message, beyond all his messages of anti-militancy."

But the Anti-Defamation League said that the pig was not new and in context was not anti-Semitic.

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/494580/20130725/roger-waters-star-david-pig-baloon-antisemitic.htm

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Response to azurnoir (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:47 PM

5. I thought they had tempered their remarks after the plane drop criticism

when it was pointed out that the symbol was among others. It is clear that Rogers has for years backed the Palestinian cause and his Wall show needs to be viewed in it's entirety, as what bugs him is very all encompassing.

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