Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has been accused of being anti-Semitic because of a prop he used during his most recent tour. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of the human rights group Simon Wiesenthal Center, became enraged when he found out that Waters has been using a balloon of a giant pig emblazoned with the Star of David as part of his act.
The balloon was also painted with dollar signs, the logo for oil company Shell and the Communist hammer and sickle symbol, The Daily Mail reported.
“With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear: forget Israel, never mind ‘limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace.’ Waters is an open hater of Jews,” Rabbi Cooper said on Jewish website The Algemeiner. “The video is beyond shocking. The only books this bigot should be getting should be with the Mullahs in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Waters took to Facebook to offer a response:
“Dear Rabbi Cooper,
I hold your outburst to be inflammatory and un-helpful and would suggest it can only impede progress towards peace and understanding between people. It is also extremely insulting to me personally in that you accuse me of being ‘Anti Semitic’, ‘A Jew Hater’ and ‘Nazi Sympathizer.’”
He then addressed many of the Rabbi’s specific charges. He concluded his post by writing:
“Like it or not, the Star of David represents Israel and its policies and is legitimately subject to any and all forms of non violent protest. To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC. Your contention that because I criticize the Policies of the Israeli government I should be lumped in with the Muslim Brotherhood is risible, and again a personal affront. I have spent my whole adult life advocating separation of church and state.
At every Wall Show I invite 20 vets from whatever country we are in backstage at half time to meet, exchange handshakes and good wishes and mementos. At one show, a year or so ago, an older vet, Vietnam era, at a guess, blocked my exit, he put out his hand which I took, he did not let go, he looked me in the eyes and he said ‘Your Father would be proud of you.’
Tears burn my eyes.
The Wall is reaching out to you and all the other Rabbi Cooper’s out there.
Come to the show!
A video featuring the balloon is below: