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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters endorses BDS

March 11, 2011
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In one of the highest profile endorsements of BDS to date, Roger Waters of rock sensation Pink Floyd has written of his support for BDS in a Guardian op-ed. He writes:
In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of therights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded peopl

In one of the highest profile endorsements of BDS to date, Roger Waters of rock sensation Pink Floyd has written of his support for BDS in a Guardian op-ed.

He writes:

In my view, the abhorrent and draconian control that Israel wields over the besieged Palestinians in Gaza and the Palestinians in the occupied West Bank (including East Jerusalem), coupled with its denial of therights of refugees to return to their homes in Israel, demands that fair-minded people around the world support the Palestinians in their civil, nonviolent resistance.

Where governments refuse to act people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government's policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.

My conviction is born in the idea that all people deserve basic human rights. 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.

Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa's Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. And we are right to refuse to play in Israel until the day comes – and it surely will come – when the wall of occupation falls and Palestinians live alongside Israelis in the peace, freedom, justice and dignity that they all deserve.

Read the full article, entitled "Tear down this Israeli wall", here.

 

March 11, 2011
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