Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Roger Waters flies a pig balloon with a Star of David in Belgium concert (video) (update)

YNet reports:
On Saturday night, Israelis were among those who attended a British musician and former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ concert in Belgium. Even as Waters is a known activist pushing for the boycott of Israel, Israelis were still amazed to see that the show included a blatantly anti-Semitic display.

Toward its end, a black balloon in the shape of a wild pig was released to the sky, on it a Star of David, in the company of symbols of dictatorial organizations and regimes from around the world.

“I came to the concert because I really like his music, without any connection to his political stance toward Israel,” says Alon Onfus Asif, an Israeli living in Belgium. “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.”
I found a video of a July 18th show (in the Netherlands) with the pig and the star:

UPDATE: Wikipedia has a history of Roger Waters' use of the pig (or warthog) balloon in concerts. It is clear that Waters uses the pig to push his political opinions of the moment; in the past he has written slogans like "Torture Shames Us All!", "Religions Divide", "Impeach Bush" and, during the 2008 elections, a checkmark next to "Obama."