Roger Waters concert features Nazi-like uniform, pig balloon with Jewish symbol

ADL says Rogers should not have used Star of David, but believes he had "no anti-Semitic intent."

By JTA
July 25, 2013 21:58
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Roger Waters playing at a concert in Quebec

Roger Waters 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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THE HAGUE, Netherlands  — Roger Waters, a rock musician critical of Israel, used a giant, pig-shaped balloon emblazoned with a Star of David and symbols of dictatorial regimes during a recent concert in Belgium.

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Waters, who recently urged other performers to boycott Israel and compared Israel to apartheid South Africa, was singing on stage on July 20 under the balloon while toting a machine gun replica and wearing a long black leather jacket with a red-and-white arm band, reminiscent of a Nazi uniform.

Roger Waters (Reuters)

The former Pink Floyd member was singing “get him up against the wall, that one looks Jewish and that one’s a coon, who let all of this riff-raff into the room” – the lyrics of the song “In the Flesh.”

Thousands of fans shouted his name and applauded as he stood on stage pretending to fire the replica.

Michael Freilich, editor-in-chief of the Belgian Jewish monthly Joods Actueel, called on the government to issue a statement condemning what he called “an anti-Semitic display” at the concert.

The Anti-Defamation League said that Waters has a long history using these symbols in his concerts. “While we wish that Mr. Waters would have avoided using the Star of David, we believe there is no anti-Semitic intent here,” an ADL spokesman said.

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