As Long Islanders continued to voice upset last week over Roger Waters’ upcoming pre-Rosh Hashana concerts here, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington — where Waters performed over the weekend — produced a video criticizing the rocker’s support of the anti-Israel BDS movement.
The video, released on Friday, ahead of Waters concerts at Verizon Center in Washington, DC, asserts that “Music can change the world. Music breaks down walls. Roger Waters should know that. Instead he’s using music to divide people.”
Activists in several cities also are targeting Waters’ upcoming shows, including in Nashville and Philadelphia, the Washington Post reported.
“It’s too bad that Roger Waters doesn’t understand that peace can only be achieved through dialogue and engagement,” the video asserts. “BDS will not bring peace. BDS is not the answer. More dialogue, more respect, more music is.”
“This is a sort of welcoming party for Waters,” Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told the Washington Post about the video. “We want him to know when he arrives in D.C. that the sort of hateful language that he’s peddling and the myths he engages in are going to be met with fierce resistance.”
Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman, is scheduled to appear at the Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 15 and 16, and at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sept. 11 and 12.
South Shore legislator Howard Kopel asked the Nassau County attorney last month to determine whether the Nassau Coliseum lease requires compliance with a county law adopted in May 2016 that bars the county from doing business with any company that participates in the economic boycott of Israel.
“We don’t want hate speech coming here,” Kopel said. “We don’t want prejudice, we don’t want intollerance.”
A Waters concert tour between 2010 and 2013 reportedly grossed $458.7 million, making it the biggest tour ever by a solo artist.
“Money doesn’t count for everything,” Kopel said.
Waters went head to head with Radiohead earlier this summer after he publicly called on that band to cancel its July concert in Tel Aviv. Radiohead performed as scheduled.