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Upcoming film about Roger Waters claims to expose dark side of BDS

Roger Waters attends the New York Premiere of "Roger Waters The Wall" at Ziegfeld Theater on September 28, 2015 in New York City
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In exclusive TV interview, filmmaker Ian Halperin gives a sneak peek of ‘Wish You Weren’t Here’

The internationally-acclaimed band Pink Floyd has many Israeli fans, but some of its members do not return the affection.

Roger Waters, for example.

The group’s former front man has appointed himself the spokesman of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) movement, which criticizes Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians.

For years, Waters has discouraged musicians and artists from performing in the Jewish state, accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing” and calling it an “apartheid regime”.

Now Waters, one of the world’s top-grossing musicians, is the subject of a new documentary film by bestselling author and filmmaker Ian Halperin.

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The documentary – titled Wish You Weren’t Here – is seeking to expose the dark side of the former Pink Floyd bassist and singer, as well as his alleged anti-Semitism.

Halperin's work includes several documentaries on famous musicians, such as Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, and Lady Gaga.

In an exclusive TV interview with i24NEWS, he sat down to discuss his upcoming film, which is slated for release next month.

i24NEWS: What led you to take on this film and to focus on Roger Waters?

Halperin: Being the son of a Holocaust survivor, I almost fell off my chair that somebody was able to be out on tour and during his tour dress up in a Nazi uniform and have pigs floating around with the Star of David emblazoned on it. [He also makes] all these nefarious statements against the state of Israel and against the Jewish people.

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i24NEWS: Where do you draw the line between legitimate criticism of Israel’s policies and anti-Semitism?

Halperin: I think it’s great to criticize Israel. It’s beautiful in any democracy where there are people who have concerns to have freedom of expression. But to call for a universal boycott of Israel, which Roger Waters does, is completely false and completely misleading. What Roger Waters is spewing goes much far beyond freedom of expression. It’s an ingrained hatred towards the Jewish people in Israel. And this is not me saying this, this is the world’s leading experts, who appear in my film.

i24NEWS: You interviewed several leading scholars, politicians and musicians for this film. You also interviewed the radio host Howard Stern?

Halperin: Howard Stern really was the first media person to speak out against Roger Waters. I’ve appeared on Howard’s show several times. Kudos to [him] for calling out Roger Waters because it was about time somebody did.

i24NEWS: What do you hope this film will achieve?

Halperin: I’m hoping by doing all these interviews that all the corporate sponsors wake up and decide to take action against this man, who is perpetrating hatred towards the state of Israel and the Jewish people.


Maya Margit is i24NEWS' culture reporter.

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Magnificent artists and calls everything by that name. As it is in life.

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