PoliticsStanding with Sheikh Jarrah – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ Acts of Solidarity with Palestine

We're in need of more people like Roger Waters.
Nour RaafatMay 9, 20218935210 min

Now more than ever is the right time for international celebrities to speak out about the ethnic cleansing done by the Zionists. Social media is a double-edged weapon and Pink Floyd’s co-founder, Roger Waters, is using it in the most righteous way to raise awareness as much as possible.

With what’s happening in Palestine for the past few months from Zionists stealing Palestinians’ homes & the recent clashes between both parties, as usual, the international media have turned a blind eye to the Sheikh Jarrah clashes where 22 Palestinians were injured and 11 were arrested overnight on the 6th of May, as well at least 163 Palestinians injured at the Al-Aqsa mosque on the 7th. In order to shed light on Sheikh Jarrah clashes, Waters took to Twitter to talk about the genocidal house cleansings and calling out America’s President Joe Biden for his support of Israel.

This isn’t Waters’ first time showing his support for Palestine and the anti-Zionism movement. He’s always been loud with his activism in any way possible. He joined the Pro-Palestine Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement in 2011, he said the Israeli treatment of the Palestinians shares similarities with Nazi Germany treatment of the Jews, he refused to play shows in Israel as well as criticized musicians who performed there such as the rock star Jon Bon Jovi. He even wrote him an open letter where he said, “You stand shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby.”

Last month, Waters teamed up with Tom Morello and Brian Eno to play an online concert with the title, ‘Live for Gaza’.  The event was to raise funds for Delia Arts Center, a haven for musicians in Gaza. During the event, there was a premiere for a new version of Waters’ anti-war anthem, ‘The Bravery of Being Out of Range’.

In March, he turned to another peaceful demonstration of his opposition of Israel and he requested Stevie Wonder to turn down an award from Israel.

In 2020, Waters spoke at the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s (PSC) Nakba Day event where he sang the Palestinian rallying cry, “We’ll take back the land, from the Jordan River to the sea”.

In 2019, he appeared on an American news program, Democracy Now! where he spoke about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and his participation in a panel called, ‘Not Backing Down’ which was held in the University of Massachusetts to discuss the Zionists’ abuse of Palestinians’ human rights.

Waters never misses an opportunity to showcase his support for Palestine in public, especially in important events. In 2018, while presenting the trophy for men’s category Coupe des Mousquetaires of the Tennis French Open, Waters wore a Palestinian Keffiyeh.

Via: teleSUR English

Later that year, Waters paired with the Palestinian group, Trio Jourban, to produce a song called ‘Supermacy’ as a form of opposition and rejection to Trump’s decision of recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He even paid tribute to the late Palestinian poet, Mahmoud Darwish, and recited verses of his poem, ‘The Penultimate Speech of the ‘Red Indian’ to the white man’.

That wasn’t Waters’ first time to write and perform a song in support of Palestine. When Pink Floyd was still active, they performed a song called ‘Song for Palestine’.

In 2017, German broadcasting stations decided not to air Waters’ concerts that he was scheduled to play in Berlin and Cologne, as a reaction to what they called, his anti-Semitism. And as we all know, this is often a card used by Western media outlets to defame any celebrity who decides to stand by Palestine. That’s why Waters later demanded an apology from Munich Mayor for his anti-Semitism accusations.

In 2016, Waters made a video specifically to praise the fans of a Scottish team, Celtic F.C who was playing against an Israeli team, for raising Palestinian flags and banners during the match.

Standing with Palestine – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ Numerous Acts of Solidarity
Via: Newsweek

Later that year, at his Desert Trip concert in the United States of America, he dedicated part of his speech to show solidarity with the Palestinians and the BDS movement.

In 2006, Waters visited the West Bank city of Bethlehem to perform in the Arab/Israeli Peace Village. While he was there, he didn’t forget to call for an end to the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine. He even promoted War on Want’s campaign against Israel’s apartheid wall by spraying graffiti on it.

Standing with Palestine – Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters’ Numerous Acts of Solidarity
Via: IBTimes UK

And as always, Waters didn’t underestimate the power of social media and made sure to vocalize his support for Palestinians’ march for freedom on his Twitter account which has almost 400,000 followers:

 

Nour Raafat

Studying mass communication by day, having tea with Murakami by night. Nour goes back and forth between Cairo and Dubai which makes her curious about the diverse cultures in the world!

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