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Pink Floyd musician urges other musicians to ditch Israel

By Mason White 3:56 PM March 21, 2013
Roger Waters 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A Pink Floyd musician has urged fellow musicians in the industry to boycott Israel, according to press reports in The United States.

The very vocal Pink Floyd singer, Roger Waters, is trying to bring more of his fellow musicians to join his boycott of the State of Israel. Waters spoke to world leaders at the U.N. about war crimes committed by Israel against Palestine, and now is pleading to his peers to help the cause.

Waters explained the next steps: “I am about to publish an open letter to all my colleagues in the music industry, asking them to join me in the BDS movement. This is not just for my colleagues in the U.K. or the U.S. but all around the world.”

We found some traction. Stevie Wonder pulled out of a concert series announced for the area. Waters said: “I wrote a letter saying that it would be like to play ball in Johannesburg the day after the police slaughter of Sharpeville in 1960. It would not be a great thing to do, especially as he was meant to be an ambassador peace U.N. It was not just me. Desmond Tutu also wrote a letter.”

Waters added: “This was a week after I made a speech to the U.N. Neither incident was reported anywhere in the mainstream media in the United States of America.”

Waters also said he was going to play with the idea of recording a single in support for the BDS with Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a man well versed in the songs of protest, to further publicize the boycott.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view