ADL director Foxman pens open letter to BDS advocate Roger Waters

Anti-Defamation League head questions anti-Semitic undercurrents in the British rocker's aggressive campaign against Israel.

August 23, 2013 23:26
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ADL Director Abraham H. Foxman

Abe Foxman 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham H. Foxman penned an open letter to British musician Roger Waters addressing the Pink Floyd co-founder’s recent remarks on Israel and his repeated calls to boycott the Jewish state.

Foxman, in the letter published on The Huffington Post on Friday, cited possible anti-Semitic underpinnings in the “flawed nature” of rocker’s campaign against Israel, which has “caused us to reexamine your attitude towards Jews.”

“Your single-minded obsession with trying to convince others to boycott the Jewish state, while ignoring the world’s true human rights violators, must be driven by something other than a guilty conscience,” Foxman wrote.

Waters published his own open letter earlier last week calling on his colleagues in the music industry to join him in a cultural boycott of Israel.

“Important details are omitted from your letter, which is a classic propaganda technique,” Foxman said in his response.

Waters’s open letter employed a one-sided, simplified argument that “makes no mention of Palestinian terrorism, nor does it provide any context to the complex nature of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Hamas, a terrorist organization which continues to advocate for Israel’s destruction, is entirely absent from your letter,” Foxman wrote.

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