Tuesday, 15 October 2013

It’s apartheid “clear and simple,” Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters tells his Israeli fans


Pink Floyd superstar Roger Waters has criticized Israel’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper for distorting an interview he gave to its journalist Alon Hadar.

Waters also reiterated that Israel commits the “crime” of apartheid “clear and simple” against Palestinians.

“The measured, reasonable and humane conversation that Alon and I had … was intended as a way for me to communicate with my Israeli fans, to explain my position on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), to break down Walls, and shed light on possible misunderstandings and our shared predicament,” Waters wrote in a note on his Facebook page.

Instead, Waters said, the interview “has been re-written as a combative, ill-natured, dog-fight,” filled with “distortions and untruths.”

“Both questions and answers were changed,” Waters wrote, “I can only assume to suit an editorial agenda.”

Addressed to fans in Israel, the Facebook note also appears in Hebrew.

Yediot Ahronot introduced Waters’ interview with the assertion that “There is no doubt that what he has to say is not easy for the Israeli ear, his worldview is very lenient on the Palestinian side while at the same time taking a hard line, at times unjustly according to many, with the Israeli side.”

The interview as published appears in the newspaper’s Hebrew edition, but an English translation has been published by the Institute for Middle East Understanding.

Waters also published a full transcript of his conversation with Hadar. more

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