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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Is he 'only' anti-Israel?

We hear constantly repeated claims that the BDS'ers are 'only' anti-Israel and that they're really not anti-Semites, as if there's a difference between the two. Now, here's proof that at least one prominent BDS'er is an anti-Semite. It happened in Belgium on July 18.

Let's go to the videotape. You can turn off the music. I did.

Believe it or not, there were Israelis at the concert.
“I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel,” Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli living in Belgium told Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot. “And I had a lot of fun, until I noticed the Star of David, on the inflatable pig. That was the only religious-national symbol which appeared among other symbols for fascism, dictatorships and oppression of people. Waters crossed the line and gave expression to an anti-Semitic message, beyond all his messages of anti-militancy.”
The star of David on the pig was not the only anti-Semitic thing about it. 
Next to the Star of David, on the wild pig balloon, there was also a sign of oil conglomerate Shell, and a graffiti message stating, “Everything will be okay, just keep consuming,” and “What’s wrong with people?”
The pig’s hind quarters appear to feature a silhouette of a man giving a Nazi salute.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center is outraged.
“With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear. Forget Israel, never mind ‘limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace.’ Waters  is an open hater of Jews,” said Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the center in an email to The Algemeiner.
“The video is beyond shocking. The only books this bigot should be getting should be with the Mullahs in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood,” Cooper added.
But the Anti-Defamation League doesn't even think it's anti-Semitic.
Another Jewish watchdog, the Anti Defamation League which criticized Waters in 2010 for “using imagery long associated with stereotypes about Jews and money as part of a segment of his 2010-2011 ‘The Wall Live’ Tour,” said that Waters’ pig was old news and in context was not anti-Semitic.
“This is the same thing he’s been doing for years,” said Todd Gutnick, Director of Media Relations. “We believe there’s no anti-Semitic intent here in the use of the Star of David symbol.”
No anti-Semitic intent? None? Abe Foxman must be on vacation this week. 

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