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Roger Waters reconsidering anti-Israel stance

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Apr 16, 2013 | 5:30pm EDT

Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is reconsidering his controversial stance against Israel two weeks after a planned public interview at a New York Jewish cultural centre was scrapped. Last month (Mar13), the rocker called for musicians to boycott the country after likening Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza to South Africa's apartheid policy segregating blacks and whites. He said, "They (Israeli government) are running riot, and it seems unlikely that running over there and playing the violin will have any lasting effect." However, it seems he is reconsidering his stance in a bid to avoid "some kind of dramatic moment that could very easily blow up and mean that I would, in the long term, have less effect on the outcome". He tells The Huffington Post, "I am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully and I'm thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment." But he's refusing to backtrack on his past anti-Israel comments, which have upset Jewish groups, adding, "Assuming that you're rational and that you care about other human beings, the goal strategically should be a solution of the Palestinian refugee problem, an end to the occupation, security and the right to lead a decent life for all the citizens of Israel." Earlier this month (Apr13), Waters' appearance at Jewish cultural mecca the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall was cancelled following outrage from officials at religious group JCC Watch. The Pink Floyd star was scheduled to sit for an interview at at the end of the month (Apr13). The show was rescheduled to June and it has since been scrapped altogether, according to an online ticket link to the event. JCC Watch spokesman Richard Allen said, "It's absolutely outrageous that Jewish community funds are going to help Roger Waters spread his anti-Semitic message."

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