Friday, January 30, 2009

The Wanker And The Wall

Earlier today I thought I would listen to an old classic, but I ended up deleting it from my files as I got so pissed off about the hypocrisy of one of its former members.

So here good folks

"The end of apartheid stands as one of the crowning accomplishments of the past century, but we would not have succeeded without the help of international pressure-- in particular the divestment movement of the 1980s. Over the past six months, a similar movement has taken shape, this time aiming at an end to the Israeli occupation".
Desmond Tutu

The following statement, signed by 54 international figures in the literary and cultural fields, was published in the International Herald Tribune on May 8, 2008:

“Even after fifty years of living the Palestinian exile I still find myself astonished at the lengths to which official Israel and its supporters will go to suppress the fact that a half century has gone by without Israeli restitution, recognition, or acknowledgment of Palestinian human rights and without, as the facts undoubtedly show, connecting that suspension of rights to Israel’s official policies. … the Palestinian Nakba is characterized as a semi-fictional event … caused by no one in particular.”

Edward Said, commenting on the “Israel at 50” celebrations in the US in 1998

The creation of the state of Israel almost 60 years ago dispossessed and uprooted hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes and lands. With their peaceful lives ruined, society fragmented, possessions pillaged and hope for freedom and nationhood dashed, Palestinian refugees held on to their dream of return, and Palestinians everywhere nourished their aspiration for freedom, dignified living, and becoming whole again.

There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a state that is still denying Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are “non-Jews.” It is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support. It is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.

In short, celebrating “Israel at 60” is tantamount to dancing on Palestinian graves to the haunting tune of lingering dispossession and multi-faceted injustice.

There is absolutely no reason to celebrate! But there are myriad reasons to reflect, to engage, to work towards peace and justice.


Mahmoud Darwish (poet, Palestine),
John Berger (artist/author, UK),
Augusto Boal (director/writer, Brazil),
Ella Shohat (author, USA/Israel),
Roger Waters (musician, UK),

Roger Waters,?


Open Letter to Roger Waters
Palestinian Arts Community | | March 7, 2006

Mr. Roger Waters
31 Ruvigny Gardens
London SW15 1JR, England

7 March 2006

Dear Mr. Waters,

The Palestinian arts community received in disbelief the news of your upcoming performance in Tel Aviv in June, at a time when Israel continues unabated with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland. We strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when it ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian territory and respects the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.

Upon learning of your planned tour, Palestinian as well as several international artists asked in shock: How can the artist whose name around the world was for many years associated with breaking walls of injustice be in any way complicit with the monstrosity of Israel’s Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague? Not too long ago, you lent your good name to the War on Want’s effort to collect signatures of public figures against Israel’s Wall. At the time, you rightly stated “The poverty inflicted by the wall has been devastating for Palestinians. It has kept children from their schools, the sick from proper medical care and continues to destroy the Palestinian economy. I fully support War on Want’s campaign, and hope that as many people as possible sign the wall – as a strong message to the UK government that immediate action is essential.”

This same Wall has grown substantially since. It now divides many more Palestinians from their livelihoods and vital health and educational services. The support it garners in Israeli society has also grown – close to 90% of all Israeli Jews support the Wall despite its devastating repercussions on Palestinians under occupation.

Furthermore, as you may know, Palestinian civil society has almost unanimously called upon international civil society to engage in acts and campaigns of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it fully complies with international law and recognizes the fundamental human rights of the people of Palestine. The Church of England, the US Presbyterian Church, a group of top British architects, among many other groups and institutions in the West, have all heeded the Palestinian distress call and considered applying effective pressure on Israel to promote peace and justice in our troubled land. Is it too much, then, to expect conscientious international artists to uphold the values of freedom, equality and justice for all?

Ironically, when you were invited last year to perform in the Palestine International Festival 2005, the theme of that festival was “Another BREAK in the Wall!” The following lyrics for a song which was to be performed by school children were inspired by your timeless song:

We don’t need no occupation
We don’t need no racist wall
No more siege and no more curfews
Soldiers leave us kids alone
Hey! Soldiers! Leave us kids alone!
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall
All in all we’ve just made another BREAK in the wall

These words still express our collective view of the Wall, of our oppressors, and are still inspired by you. Do they still mean the same to you?

We appeal to your moral compass, your record of standing up for principles of human dignity and equality. And we sincerely hope that you shall be another brick in the bridge to liberty and justice, not another concrete slab in Israel’s Wall of shame.


The Undersigned:

Full list here

We don't need no occupation: Roger Waters graffitis the Israeli Wall in Palestine
British wanker and Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters spray-paints the words "No Thought Control" on a section of Israel's separation barrier in the West Bank


Pastorius said...

So, so you he thinks he can tell heaven from hell ...

Can he tell a green field from a cold steel rail?
Do you think he can tell a smile from a veil?

He got me to trade my heroes for a ghost,

that is for god damned sure.

I used to love Pink Floyd, but now, not so much.

Hey Roger, when the world you're in starts playing different tunes, we'll see you on the dark side of the moon.

Anonymous said...

It hurts when we see some our former star forget what they led us to believe.

To day I feel many of them are to blame for softening up the youth of yesterday so as to be disillusioned multicultist of today

One of the worst being John Lennon, I get a bad taste in my mouth when I hear Give peace a chance, while pouring money into The Black Panters, and supporting Michael X also known as Michael Abdul Malik

I never liked Paul McCartney, but at least he is one of the few that stands behind Israel.

Epaminondas said...

Hey Roger, 'leave the kids alone'

Pastorius said...

No disrespect meant to Epa or RRA.

Or you, Shiva. I have no idea how old you are.

andre79 said...

If he doesn't need thought control then why embrace Hamas?

Anonymous said...

the thought control that wall has been succesfully used for is the thought that palistinians have about suicide bombers wanting to commit mass murder then acting on that thought.

Epaminondas said...

You've lost me on the disrespect thing, Pasto


Pastorius said...

You must admit the sixties generation is responsible for a lot of stupid thinking.

1) Prisons are wrong.

2) solve racism by racial favoritism

3) peace ca always be achieved through "communication" - when there isn't peace it's because of a lack of communication

4) all cultures are equal - new number systems are taught in schools which are based on tribal ways of counting with fingers and toes,

5) we're always on the edge of environmental disaster - man is a plague on the planet (when I was 10 they were telling us we were rats in a cage who should not reproduce- and there was an ice age coming)

6) There's no difference between man and woman (I just got done proving to my wife, once again, that there's a HUGE difference between a man and a woman

7) children have as much wisdom as adults - any issue can be solved if "we do it for the children" - we make the world safe for children (even if it becomes dangerous for adults

8) one can get a doctorate in Feminist Studies (need I say more?)

9) our Founding Fathers are evil

10) Borders don't matter - property is theft becomes globalized

11) when there is evil in the world, it is called "economic pain", and when people fight against evil, they are called evil

12) Knowledge is theft - based on hierarchy which places one's culture at the top and thus steals the dignity of other cultures

Really, need I say more?

I could go on and on.

Thing is, the generations that follow the sixties generation are not going to be much better, but a lot of that is because of the obliteration of knowledge in the form of Deconstructionist thinking which the sixties generation implemented.

So, when I say, isn'

Anonymous said...

No doubt you will delete this as your vanity is astounding. Why the fuck would anybody care whether you or any of your psychopathic mates like pink floyd, they are a british band and you are an immigrant. I don't wish to listen to arabic music as it is pish to me. So take your blog right back where you belong in darkest iran wanker.

deepest regards

Tony Blair

Anonymous said...

Pastorius I really really hope you are a silly teenager as you speak like one. If this is the musings of an adult mind god help us.