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.