Roger Waters has said that American leaders are puppets of a Jewish billionaire, that Israel teaches America how to “murder the blacks” and that Zionism needs to be “removed”.
The former Pink Floyd star, who has a long history of inflammatory comments about Jews, made the comments in an interview with an Arab news channel shortly after the racist killing of George Floyd.
The interview nodded and expressed agreement with Mr Waters’ conspiratorial accusations throughout the exchange.
In a mindless and offensive rant, Mr Waters said that Sheldon Adelson, a wealthy Jewish philanthropist and political donor in the United States, “is the puppet master pulling all the strings” who “believes that only Jews are completely human” and “everybody on earth is there to serve them [the Jews]”. Mr Waters concluded that “this is a crazy, crazy, crazy guy.”
Mr Waters then turned to other topics, saying: “The murder of George Floyd…was done with a technique designed by the IDF.” He further promoted this popular antisemitic trope by explaining that “the Israelis invented ‘let’s kill people by kneeling on their necks’…that is an Israeli technique taught to the militarised police forces in the United States of America by Israeli experts whom the Americans have been flying over to the United States to teach them how to murder the blacks, because they’ve seen how efficient the Israelis are”. He added that “the Israelis are proud of it!”
Mr Waters concluded by saying that Zionism, which is the basic right of Jews to self-determine, is “an ugly stain and it needs to be gently removed by us”.
A spokesperson for Campaign Against Antisemitism said: “It is ironic that Roger Waters should be accusing others of being ‘crazy’ given his habit of promoting mindless and dangerous conspiracy theories. His claim that America’s leaders are in the pocket of a wealthy Jewish philanthropist, that Jews believe that non-Jews are subhuman, that Israel is to blame for the racist killing of George Floyd and teach America how ‘to murder black people’, and that Zionism – the basic right of Jews to self-determine – needs to be ‘removed’, speak to his deranged and obsessive views. At a time when the world is showing solidarity against prejudice, Waters is disgracefully sowing hatred.”
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Musician Roger Waters on Hamas-Affiliated News Agency: Crazy Puppet Master Adelson Has Donald Trump’s Tiny Little Pr*ck in His Pocket; Israelis Teach U.S. Police How to Murder Blacks pic.twitter.com/0JUQuwsvhB
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