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Roger Waters slams US media for not covering the anti-Israel movement

L'ancien membre fondateur de Pink Floyd Roger Waters à Indio, le 16 octobre 2016 en Californie
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The Pink Floyd former front man criticized the rock band Radiohead for playing a concert in Israel

Pink Floyd former front man Roger Waters openly criticized American media on Friday, claiming it ignores the anti-Israel movement, the Russian media outlet RT reported.

In an interview RT, Waters said a producer at PBS confided in him that high ranking members of the US media outlet were making editorial decisions not to cover anti-Israel activism.

"We're not quite sure, but it comes from above. So, you can figure it out for yourself. It's not rocket science," a producer for PBS’s Charlie Rose reportedly told Waters.

The musician has appointed himself the spokesman of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, (BDS) movement, which criticizes Israel for its policies towards the Palestinians.

During the interview, Waters also affirmed his criticism for Radiohead after the band performed in Israel last month.

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”.

Waters and Radiohead’s front man Thom Yorke engaged in a very public war of words in recent months over the band’s refusal to back down from playing the Israel show.

Many musicians slated to play in the country have faced similar backlash, with some such as Elvis Costello, Devendra Banhart, and Gorillaz eventually backing out of planned shows. But the majority choose to ignore the calls to cancel and sidestep the politics altogether.

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Yorke has been one of the few to directly comment on the matter, breaking his silence in a Rolling Stone article for the 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s third album, "OK Computer,” where he slammed the boycott campaign as divisive, patronizing and "an extraordinary waste of energy."

In April, over fifty famous figures from artists to activists signed a petition urging the band to cancel.

"In asking you not to perform in Israel, Palestinians have appealed to you to take one small step to help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law," read the letter that included names such as social rights activist Desmond Tutu, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and novelist Alice Walker, alongside Waters’.

“Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there,” Waters told RT. “Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are, that this is the best thing that's happened for their hasbara, which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful and precious democracy Israel is.”

“They are making a public statement that they do endorse the policies of the government, whatever they say, because that is what will be reported in Israel, and that is what gets reported around the world,”Waters said.

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waters supports terrorism and benefice of Israelis. how else can you explain his stance? horribly ignorant man. makes me want to throw away anything Pink Floyd

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