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  • Singer and co-founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters.

    Singer and co-founder of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters. | Photo: Reuters

Published 16 June 2018

Waters is a long-standing supporter of Palestinian rights and vocal critic of Israel’s conduct in the occupied territories.

Roger Waters, the former vocalist and co-founder of Pink Floyd, has demanded that Munich City administration retract claims that he is an anti-semite.

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Waters' lawyer in Berlin, Christian Schertz, said his client wants the city to retract the statements made in a press release, which characterized him as an anti-semite, according to DPA.

Earlier this week, in the lead up to a concert at the Olympianhalle, Munich mayor Dieter Reiter released a statement saying that the city is not likely to rent the venue to Waters for future events as a result of his “increasingly unacceptable antisemite comments.”

The mayor went on to note: “It is, therefore, all the more important to me to clarify unequivocally in advance of the concert that Roger Waters' anti-semitic sentiment is neither welcome nor unchallenged in Munich."

Schertz countered the claims, insisting that Waters' criticisms were directed squarely at the state of Israel and not Jewish people as a whole.

The mayor's spokeswoman said that an official letter forwarded by Waters' legal team is currently under review by the city's legal representatives.

Waters is a long-standing supporter of Palestinian rights and vocal critic of Israel’s conduct in the occupied territories. Last year he was among the signatories of an open letter sent to fellow musician Nick Cave, urging him not to perform in Israel.

"When international artists of your stature, despite the appeals of Palestinians, continue to turn up on Israeli stages, the government which promotes these crimes takes heart: whatever it does, it seems there will be no penalty," the letter said.

It went on to read that while Cave may repeatedly say that he opposes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “it matters little whether or not artists endorse Israel's government. It's the fact they're willing to perform in Israel that is important. It is seen as public approval for the status quo."

Waters has also expressed support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. A neon red text was displayed before one of his concerts in Berlin, which read “Resist the attempted silencing of Julian Assange.”


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