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The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) is condemning popular podcaster Joe Rogan for his decision to grant a platform to Pink Floyd front man and anti-Israel zealot Roger Waters on a recent episode. Throughout the interview, Rogan agreed with Waters that Israel’s existence is an exercise in segregation and racism and allowed him to claim that none of this was anti-Semitic.
One of Waters unchallenged, lurid allegations was that the Jewish State is attempting to manufacture a new ‘intifada’ with the ultimate goal of ‘killing as many Palestinians as possible.’
"The Israelis seem now to have a policy of ... murdering so many of them that they are absolutely trying to create another intifada,” said Roger Waters. “So, they can make it an armed conflict...so they can just kill them all," he said, adding that Israel is provoking the Palestinians into an armed conflict in order to manufacture an excuse to destroy them.”
“To provide this celebrity anti-Semite a platform, at a time of raging anti-Semitism in America was irresponsible, to fail to challenge Waters on his lurid hate fantasies is incomprehensible. What are Joe Rogan’s millions of fans to react to this unanswered diatribe? We are therefore asking for equal time with Joe Rogan to debunk the lies and detail the hate targeting our community online, on campuses and our Houses of Worship,” stated Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action at SWC and the Vice Chair of the Unites States Commission of International Religious Freedom.
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