Roger Waters Targeted With Boycott by German Jewish Group (Report)

Roger Waters Targeted With Boycott by German Jewish Group (Report)

In his concert tour "The Wall," Rogers uses an inflatable pig with a Star of David on it as a stage prop

A Jewish group is calling for a boycott of an upcoming concert by former Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters, claiming that the musician uses anti-Semitic imagery in his current tour.

In his show "The Wall," Rogers uses an inflatable pig with a Star of David on it as a stage prop, though the pig also has other religious, political and corporate emblems emblazoned on it.

Michael Szentei-Heise, the director of the Jewish Community in Dusseldorf, urged the boycott of Walters' Sept. 6 concert in the German city, the Associated Press reports.

In a statement, Szentei-Heise accuses Waters of employing "anti-Semitic and National Socialist" imagery. He also characterizes Waters as an "intellectual arsonist."

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Waters — who according to reports has urged musicians not to perform in Israel — has denied charges of anti-Semitism that have been leveled at him. Responding to an open letter from Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham H. Foxman, Waters wrote, "For the record I am not anti-Semitic, neither is my theatrical piece The Wall and nor are any of the props, puppets or projections in that work."

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However, Waters added, "You are right in saying that I have attacked The Israeli Governments’ policies in Gaza, the West Bank, and in Israel itself."