In the past couple of years Israel has seen Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Madonna, David Bowie, and Eric Clapton. This year Israel has seen or will see Neil Young, Soundgarden, Justin Timberlake and the Pixies (who once were darlings of BDSers for canceling a gig in Tel Aviv.).
And, now, the Rolling Stones.
Waters, writing in Salon, is not happy, and he blusters:
Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid....We are nearing the tipping point in global awareness that the denial of Palestinian rights has had a devastating impact on generations of people, and that they need our support now more than ever.Lebanon treats Palestinian Arabs far worse than Israel does, by every possible measure. Yet does Waters ask anyone to boycott concerts in Beirut?
Of course not. Waters doesn't give a damn about Palestinian Arabs; his is the politics of hate, not of peace.
BDS has reached its peak, and Waters has gone past the expiration date with his fellow artists for his anti-Israel advocacy.
And it isn't only entertainers who are roundly sick of people like Roger Waters and their simpleminded one-dimensional politics. The failure of BDS initiatives on college campuses this year show that even the young aren't buying into the hate any more.
Many of the commenters at Salon are predictable in their support for Waters, and this one, called @I Hate Onions, is emblematic of many:
One has to remember that Judaism is one of the most insular religions on the face of planet, yet Israeli's scream for world recognition and international aid.
Just try and become a Jew. It is very hard and not a welcoming a experience.
Jews hate outsiders....perhaps not hate, but view them with deep suspicion.
Jews really don't like outsiders, but for some reason we need to lay down the red carpet for them.
Their sense of entitlement knows no bounds.
Then, when another commenter pointed out how he was stereotyping Jews, he answered:
I meant Israelis. They have a sense of entitlement.Yup, he just mistypes Jews and Judaism lots of times before realizing his "mistake."
Please prove how I hate Jews.
You can't....you are just another loser playing the antisemitic card.
How dare anyone criticize him based on such skimpy evidence!