Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters said Hamas was “morally obligated to resist the occupation” on October 7 and accused Israel of “making up stories” about the terrorist attack.
The 80-year-old musician generated controversy over the summer by wearing a ‘Nazi-style’ coat at his concerts, which led to him being investigated by German police after a concert in Berlin.
Speaking on Rumble’s System Update podcast with Glenn Greenwald, the aging rocker said there was “something very suspicious” about Israel not realizing Hamas was invading.
Waters, who said he was “an opponent of the entire Zionist exercise,” questioned the atrocities committed by Hamas, saying the terrorist organization was “absolutely legally and morally obligated to resist.”
Waters said: ‘We don’t know what they did, but were they justified in resisting the occupation? Yeah!
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters sparked controversy over the summer by wearing a ‘Nazi-style’ coat to his concerts, leading to him being investigated by German police after a concert in Berlin.
Speaking on the Rumble System Update podcast with Glenn Greenwald (pictured), the elderly rocker said there was “something very suspicious” about Israel not realizing Hamas was invading
Supporters of the Jewish community demonstrated outside the O2 Arena in June before Waters performed (pictured)
She wore the controversial outfit again while performing in London.
“But again it is the Geneva Convention: they are absolutely legally and morally obliged to resist the occupation since 1967. It is an obligation.”
He continued: ‘As I said in a later statement, if war crimes were committed, I condemn them.
‘They have finally released figures of how many people were actually killed, who they were, that day.
‘Probably the first 400 were Israeli military; That is not a war crime.
“Of course I don’t condemn it, but the Israelis made up stories about beheading babies.”
The presenter claimed that Waters had been subject to “attacks and character assassinations”, suggesting it was because she had “expressed opinions that threaten people in power”.
The guitarist stated that the accusations of anti-Semitism had arisen “because they have no answer to the argument.”
He continued: ‘You cannot defend the State of Israel in the genocide that is happening today, tomorrow and the day after in Gaza.
The podcast host claimed that Waters had been subject to “attacks and character assassinations”, suggesting it was because she has “expressed opinions that threaten people in power”.
Rogers (pictured) reportedly pretended to shoot the crowd with an imitation machine gun during his hit songs In The Flesh and Run Like Hell.
Many protested outside the 02 Arena before the performance in London.
“It shows that at least you have a platform and that people listen to you, and it’s a platform that [politicians] I don’t want people to listen.
Waters allegedly sang that his agent was a ‘fucking Jew’ in an improvised song, according to an account by the rocker’s former producer in an explosive documentary exploring claims he has made anti-Semitic comments.
Ezrin appears in The Dark Side of Roger Waters, a new documentary produced by the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA), months after Waters appeared on stage in a Nazi-style trench coat and red armband as part of his most recent tour. .
In other allegations, it was claimed that the documentary made anti-Semitic comments such as “dirty” and “Jewish food.”
He also allegedly mocked the grandmother of a Jewish musician who died in the Holocaust.
Speaking about the October 7 invasion on the podcast, he continued: “Let’s wait and see what happens,” was my first reaction.
‘My second reaction was: “How the hell did the Israelis not know this was going to happen?”
“And I’m still a little bit down that rabbit hole. Didn’t the Israeli army hear the booms when they blew up everything they had to blow up to cross the border?
A protester outside the O2 Arena before Roger Waters’ performance on June 6.
Waters, who said he was “an opponent of the entire Zionist exercise,” questioned the atrocities committed by Hamas in the documentary, saying the terrorist organization was “absolutely legally and morally obligated to resist.”
He compared Anne Frank to Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist who was shot dead last year while covering an Israel Defense Forces raid on a Palestinian refugee camp.
“There’s something very suspicious about that.”
Other allegations against Waters said he wanted a giant floating pig at his concerts adorned with the Star of David and offensive slogans.
In an email, supposedly sent by Waters in 2010, he appears to suggest to his backstage team that the pig should be made with the words “dirty k***,” “follow the money” and “scum” written on the sides. .
The word ‘k***’ is a notoriously offensive word used to denigrate Jews, while the reference to money is a classic anti-Jewish trope, the new film says.
The pig was eventually made without these terms, but with the Star of David and dollar signs, and has been a feature of Waters’ concerts.
Sir Keir Starmer said his party “wholly condemns” Mr Waters for having “clearly adopted anti-Semitic views”. The Labor leader suggested that the rocker’s shows be suspended to prevent him from spreading his “worrying” beliefs.
Leveling Up secretary Gove said the former Pink Floyd bassist “failed” to meet the expectation that those with a significant public profile “behave responsibly and not abuse their platform.”
It came after the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote to senior politicians warning of concerns among Jewish communities in cities where the musician is due to tour.
Speaking about the documentary, Campaign Against Antisemitism executive director Gideon Falter said: ‘Roger Waters has repeatedly used his enormous platform to provoke Jews, but always claims that he is not anti-Semitic.
“We believed there was more evidence to the contrary, and the publication of The Dark Side of Roger Waters now puts the evidence we obtained into the public’s hands.
‘Is Roger Waters an anti-Semite? “Now people can make their own decisions.”
In her concerts and on social media, Waters makes clear her criticism of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, insisting that this is her motivation more than any anti-Semitism.
He says in video clips, repeated in Mr Ware’s new documentary: ‘Am I anti-Semitic? You’re crazy?’ and ‘I clearly don’t have an anti-Semitic bone in my body; I have never done it, I have never done anything anti-Semitic; I have never said anything anti-Semitic.
In other clips, Waters says, “The idea that I’m anti-Semitic is ridiculous.” This is something that is directed at anyone who tries to raise their voice against the policies of the current far-right, settler-based Israeli government,” and also: “If we shout the lie loud enough: ‘Roger Waters is an anti-Semite’ We will get people to believe it. Well, no, you won’t, because it’s a lie.