Roger Waters Banned In Germany
Ex-Pink Floyd bassist and singer Roger Waters has been banned by two German broadcasters. The "state funded" stations will no longer promote and cover local concerts of Waters, who is very vocal about his anti-Israeli government views. He believes Israel is an apartheid state, which implies Israel has a system of institutionalized racial segregation and discrimination.
According to RT, "Malca Goldstein-Wolf, a Jewish resident of Cologne, wrote to WDR, the regional subsidiary of national broadcaster ARD, critiquing Waters’ support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which aims to isolate Israel through economic and political means over its treatment of Palestinians."
Waters is expected to play in Cologne, Berlin, and Hamburg as part of his "US+Them" world tour. He has been called an anti-semite by many pro Jewish groups for supporting the BDS movement, but he argues that he is in support of Palestinian rights in Israel. His music videos for The Wall are full of anti-fascist lyrics and imagery, focused on his father's life during WWII. While these organizations try to silence Waters, his concerts continue to sell out world wide.