Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters bashes Israel and Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir during an online pro-Palestinian university forum.
Former Pink Floyd member and vocal Israel critic Roger Waters bashed Israel, the “settler-colonialists, Zionist movement” and even Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir during an online university forum supporting the pro-Palestinian students at McGill University in Canada, reports the Jewish News Syndicate.
“[Israel] is about a bunch of, you know, Europeans back in the middle of the 19th century deciding that they were going to take over this piece of land, and kick out anybody that lived there and take it over for themselves and for their own little cabal,” on of Waters’s remark suggested.
The “Standing Up for Student Solidarity with Palestine” forum was held last week, organized as a critical response to the McGill University threat to withhold support for the Student Society of McGill University (SSMU) after students voted to adopt a “Palestine Solidarity Policy,” which would, among other things, promote a “Nakba Day” on campus (nakba means “catastrophe” in Arabic and refers to the establishment of modern-day Israel).
“Now it’s impossible to have any conversation about the Zionist project in Palestine without using the word apartheid because it has become generally accepted by anyone with an IQ above room temperature or anyone who has any knowledge at all the situation in the occupied territories.”
As regards to the Jewish advocacy group B’nai Brith, he said “I remember those a**holes from the last time I was in Canada, and they would be trying to get people to not come to my shows and to join them in the belief that I am an antisemite. … I pity them now because they are clinging to the last shreds of any attachment to their fascist belief in Jewish supremacy in the Holy Land, and it is fascist…”
After lengthy anti-Zionist and antisemitic remarks on Israel as a state, Waters went on to call the former prime minister of Israel, Golda Meir (PM between 1969-1974), a “lying piece of s**t,” claiming that she said Israel was a land without people when the Palestinians were already there.
Jewish groups criticized Waters for his participation, noting that his time would have been better spent supporting groups that build bridges between communities instead of demonizing Israel and its supporters.
“The organizers need to take a hard look at the message they’re sending. Instead of sending a message of division, they should aim to bring together Jews and Arabs living in Israel,” said CIJA Quebec vice president Eta Yudin.
Yudin pointed out that hateful, extremist gatherings like this result in serious consequences regarding the mental health and well-being of those facing hate and division from these groups. “Antisemitism and intolerance have no place on campus.”