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Roger Waters Chooses Political Beliefs over Money in Passing on Lucrative Offer to Play Israel

Image courtesy of Courtesy of Roger Waters (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Courtesy of Roger Waters (via ABC News Radio)

Turning down a chance to perform in front of a big crowd in Israel for big bucks was a no-brainer for Roger Waters due to his strong political beliefs.

In a recent interview with Counter Punch , the former Pink Floyd bassist said a promoter came to him a few months ago with an offer to play in Tel Aviv for 100,000 people at $100 per ticket.  Waters, who is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, said that if he had accepted, " all I would be doing would be legitimizing the policies of the government."

Waters added, " The situation in Israel/Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime, is unacceptable.  So for an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people's land and oppresses them the way Israel does is plain wrong."

There's also a political element to a current Waters project that's still in the early stages.

"I've made a demo, which is one hour and six minutes long," he says.  "It's pretty heavy, I confess, but there is also some humor in it, I hope.  But it's extremely radical, and it poses very important questions."

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