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Published on Oct 18, 2015
Max Blumenthal gives a description of what he sees happening in the Middle East in general with a focus on the Israel/Palestine issue. NOTE: See video -- Counterculture - Where is it ? And interview with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters - YouTube
Roger Waters Sets the Record Straight: I Hate Apartheid, Not Israel Gideon Levy spent 24 hours with the former Pink Floyd singer, who has become one of the leading lights in the BDS movement.
Peace activist Nurit Peled-Elhanan, daughter of the late Israeli Maj. Gen. Matti Peled, keeps Waters regularly updated on what’s happening with the occupation. He also has a friend in Bil’in who sends him weekly pictures from the protests there. After the Neve Shalom concert, he visited Israel and the territories once more as a guest of UNRWA, and made a point of putting his signature on the West Bank separation barrier. He feels that “The Wall” is Pink Floyd’s best album. In recent years, Waters has devoted a lot of his time to the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Every artist who wants to perform in Israel receives a letter of rebuke from him. Neil Young ended up canceling during last summer’s Gaza war, but Waters says no artist ever admits they canceled because of him. Some of the artists he addresses think he’s off his rocker; others are worried about hurting their livelihood, while some say politics and music should be kept separate. Waters doesn’t accept this. He’s determined to fight the occupation and what he sees as an apartheid state. There is a very one sided narrative here in the West, even though we know the situation is never one sided. Palestinians are rising up, gee I wonder why? Imagine being forced from your land, home, can't vote, no jobs, no rights and for the most part the Western powers look down on you. Hopelessness is a powerful force.. It's Time to Admit It. Israeli Policy Is What It Is: Apartheid I used to be one of those people who took issue with the label of apartheid as applied to Israel. Not anymore.