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Thursday, April 04, 2013

Heh: Roger Waters appearance in New York cancelled

Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters, who has compared Israel to Nazis and who has been labeled an anti-Semite by the Anti-Defamation League, was to appear at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan on April 30 to 'look back on his career.' The Y receives $800,000 annually from the Jewish Federation - i.e. from Jewish communal funds. Waters is also a leader in the BDS (boycott, divest, sanction) movement against Israel, and has called for boycotting Israel until it commits suicide (even though he himself has come here several times to play concerts and make money). This came in an email from JCC Watch.

On April 30, the 92nd St Y will host Roger Waters, lead singer of Pink Floyd, who’s a major figure in the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.
    Waters accused Israel of “ethnic cleansing,” “apartheid” and “international crimes” in a speech to the United Nations, and led a boycott against the Israel Philharmonic’s performance at Carnegie Hall. He’s currently attempting to organize his fellow musicians to boycott performing in Israel and succeeded in pressuring Stevie Wonder to cancel a benefit performance for Friends of the Israel Defense Force.
    On April 30th, he’ll present “An Evening with Roger Waters” at the 92nd St Y, in which he’ll talk about his life – a life he states is dedicated to attacking Israel through BDS.
    “It’s absolutely outrageous that Jewish community funds are going to help Roger Waters spread his anti-Semitic message,” says Richard Allen of JCCWatch.org
    “UJA-Federation gives $800,000 to the 92nd Street Y. Jewish donations are helping to provide Waters with a facility, marketing, and respectability, so he can win over more people with his anti-Israel lies.”
Good question.

You can let the powers that be how you feel about this by contacting:
1) John Ruskay at the UJA-Federation by calling 212-980-1000 or via email at RuskayJ@UJAFedNY.org
2) The UJA-Federation President Jerry W. Levin at JWLevin@JWLevinPartners.com
3) Sol Adler, Executive Director 92stY by calling 212-415-5470 or via email at sadler@92y.org

And a minute after I put this post in the queue, I found out that the event has been cancelled.  But let the powers to be know that you're happy about that too.

By the way, the censored logo is at the top, because when I last used the JCC's logo they threatened to sue me for a trademark violation....

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