Roger Waters, co-founder of Pink Floyd and advocate of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions), has issued an appeal to musicians to get behind the campaign for a cultural boycott of Israel, the movement talked about in Rich Wiles’ book, Generation Palestine.
In the appeal, Waters outlines the ways Israel has breached international law by committing human rights violations. He asks musicians directly to to declare a cultural boycott of Israel:
Given the inability or unwillingness of our governments, or the United Nations Security Council to put pressure on Israel to cease these violations, and make reparations to the victims, it falls to civil society and conscientious citizens of the world, to dust off our consciences, shoulder our responsibilities, and act. I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel, to shed light on these problems and also to support all our brothers and sisters in Palestine and Israel who are struggling to end all forms of Israeli oppression and who wish to live in peace, justice, equality and freedom.
He ends with two stories, about Stevie Wonder’s refusal to attend the Friends of The Israeli Defence Force in LA, and his own speech at the UN. He then writes of the lack of interest shown by the American media:
The interesting thing about these two stories is that there was NOT ONE mention of either story in the mainstream media in the United States. The clear inference would be that the media in the USA is not interested in the predicament of the Palestinian people, or for that matter the predicament of the Israeli people.
“The BDS movement is the most enlightened, imaginative, moral, fearless and dynamic blow for freedom I have known for many years. I believe it will be a vital factor in the liberation of Palestine. The inspiring voices in this book will help achieve that goal.”
“Reading this book, talking about it and acting upon its ideas is a further political act against an injustice that has lasted a lifetime and which we must put an end to.”
John Berger, author of Ways of Seeing
“Generation Palestine is essential reading for all who believe in changing this world for the better. Never again should we ask ‘What can we do?’ Rich Wiles’ excellent book, and the BDS movement, provide us with the answers.”
Stephane Hessel, diplomat, writer, concentration camp survivor, former French resistance fighter and editor of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.