Roger Waters: Singer Chides Bon Jovi for Choosing to Perform in Israel

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Updated: October 4, 2015
Roger Waters: Singer Chides Bon Jovi for Choosing to Perform in Israel

Roger Waters has criticised Bon Jovi ahead of their forthcoming concert in Israel.

Roger Waters is a prominent figure in the boycott, divest and sanctions movement (BDS) and often calls for artists to cancel performances in Israel.

Waters does not call for Saturday evening’s concert to be cancelled, admitting that the band is “determined to proceed”, so instead accuses the musicians of standing “shoulder to shoulder with the settler who burned the baby, with the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie,” referring to the death of the American pro-Palestinian activist who was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in Gaza in 2003.

“You had a chance to stand on the side of justice,” he laments before proceeding to list other incidents in which Israel was accused of killing Palestinians.

He concludes, “the dead can’t remind you of the crimes you’ve ignored. But, lest we forget, ‘To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.'”

In an interview with Ynet earlier in the week, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi said he “always heard what a wonderful place Israel is – the birthplace of all religions. I have been everywhere and Israel was a place that I’ve always wanted to visit, but it never worked out. This time I insisted that Israel must be on our list and it happened!”