Roger Waters pulls out of NY Jewish cultural event

Pink Floyd founder cancels speaking engagement in Jewish cultural institution, fails to provide reasons for cancelation.

By JTA
April 5, 2013 13:36
Roger Waters.

Roger Waters speaks to journalists 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

 
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NEW YORK - Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters, who supports the boycott movement against Israel, pulled out of a speaking engagement at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

“We heard from Roger Waters that he is unable to appear at the event scheduled for April 30,” a statement from the Jewish cultural institution on the Upper East Side of Manhattan said Thursday. “We will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders.”

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A Y spokeswoman told JTA that she had no other information on why Waters would not appear as scheduled.

Waters, the creative force behind the iconic band, is a vocal supporter of the Palestinians and has endorsed the boycott, sanctions and divestment campaign against Israel.

In an interview last month with Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian outlet, Waters speculated that the US media was “under instructions from somewhere not to report [criticism of Israel] to the American public, on what grounds I cannot guess."

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