SWC: Roger Waters Hamas Interview Crosses the Line to Support Genocide

June 22, 2020

In an interview with Hamas terror group-affiliated Shehab News Agency on Saturday, anti-Israel BDS supporter Roger Waters claimed that Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is a 'puppet master' controlling US President Donald Trump. He also repeated the claim that the killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, which sparked widespread anger and protest, had been done using a technique invented by the Israeli military and taught to the US police by “Israeli experts". 

"How many anti-Semitic screeds and deadly stereotypes can you pack into one interview? No longer just a vicious anti-Semite, Roger Waters is a genocider, telling Hamas news agency- 'Zionism is a stain that must be removed. Sheldon Adelson is accused of being a puppet master and [Waters] accuses Israelis of training US police to kill by kneeling on necks of suspects?

"Bigot Roger Waters should no longer be given platforms of greatest arenas in cities in the Americas and Europe. Nor should corporations sponsor his concerts. Protesters are tearing down statues for misdeeds committed hundreds of years ago.

"How about the business community barring this genocider who, along with Hamas, wants to destroy a democracy with over nine million citizens for the crime of being 'Zionist',” said Simon Wiesenthal Center's Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of its Ed Snider Social Action Institute.

Roger Waters: "Sheldon Adelson, who is the puppet master pulling the strings of Donald Trump, Mike Pompeo, and what's his name... The Ambassador [to Israel], Greenberg [sic] I think his name is. Sheldon Adelson is the puppet master pulling all of the strings. And Sheldon Adelson is a right-wing fascist racist bigot who doesn't understand the first thing about the idea that human beings might have rights. Sheldon Adelson believes that only Jews - only Jewish people - are completely human. That they are attached in some way..."

Interviewer: "God's Chosen People..."

Waters: "[He believes that] everybody else on Earth is there to serve them. Sheldon Adelson believe this. I'm not saying Jewish people believe this. I am saying that he does, and he is pulling the strings. So he has this strange - he thinks - Biblical construct in his head, that somehow everything will be all right in the world if there is a Greater Israel, which takes up the whole historic Palestine and the Kingdom of Jordan — puts it all together and calls it Israel and gives it only to the Chosen People... He is crazy. This is a crazy, crazy, crazy guy. Unfortunately. This crazy, crazy, crazy guy is also incredibly rich and has the tiny little - I nearly said the P-word that is used to describe the male genitals - prick of Donald Trump in his pocket.


"The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week was done with a technique invented by the IDF, by the occupation forces. The Israelis invested [the technique of] 'let's kill people by kneeling on their necks and cutting off the blood supply of the carotid artery to the brain.' that is an Israeli technique, taught to the militarized police forces of the U.S.A. by Israeli experts, who the Americans have been flying over to the United States, to teach them how to murder the blacks because they have seen how efficient the Israelis have been at murdering Palestinians in the occupied territories by using those techniques. And they are proud of it. They are proud of it. The Israelis are proud of it. They go: 'Look how good we are at this, you can learn...'


"Zionism is an ugly stain, and it needs to be gently removed by us."
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