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Quiet, You Crazy Diamond: Roger Waters' Concert Ads Dropped by MLB After Outcry From Jewish Group

© ALFREDO ESTRELLAEnglish singer/songwriter/bassist Roger Waters performs at the Sports Palace in Mexico City on November 28, 2018.
English singer/songwriter/bassist Roger Waters performs at the Sports Palace in Mexico City on November 28, 2018.  - Sputnik International
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The ex-Pink Floyd front man has repeatedly been targeted for his political views. In 2018, Jewish institutions in Argentina launched a petition calling on authorities and citizens in other Latin American countries to boycott the musician’s concerts.

Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has had his concert ads dropped by US Major League Baseball (MLB) following an outcry from a Jewish group. B’nai B’rith International protested against promotion of the artist’s latest concert tour "This is Not a Drill" during MLB’s games, accusing Waters of anti-Semitism.

The group sent a letter to MLB saying his political views "far exceed the boundaries of a civil discourse".

​In the letter B’nai B’rith specifically noted Waters’s continuous support for the movement Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS), a non-profit activist organisation that promotes various forms of boycotts against Israel until the country meets its obligations under international law – ending what it calls the occupation of Palestinian lands and dismantling the West Bank barrier.

In response, MLB dropped commercials promoting the musician’s latest tour and said "there are no plans to schedule more ads".

The artist has not responded for a comment.

Waters, who has been frequently targeted by Jewish organisations for his political views on Israel, in particular the so-called occupation and colonisation of Palestinian territories following the Six-Day War in 1967, has long refuted accusations of being anti-Semitic.

In an open letter written in 2013 and posted on his Facebook account following an accusation by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the musician said his criticism of the Israeli government's policies has nothing to do with discrimination against Jews.

"To peacefully protest against Israel’s racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC. I have two grandsons who, I love more than life itself, their Mother, my daughter in law, is Jewish and so, in consequence, I’m told, are they. I was brought up in post war England where I received the most thorough education on the subject of Nazism and where I was spared no horrific detail of the heinous crimes committed in the name of that most foul ideology. I remember my mother’s friends Claudette and Maria, I remember their tattoos, they were survivors, two of the lucky ones”, Waters wrote in the letter.
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