RIO DE JANEIRO — Motels in Argentina and Uruguay reportedly rejected reservations for Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters over accusations of antisemitism leveled on the British singer recognized for his pro-Palestinian views.
Waters was because of keep in Argentina’s capital of Buenos Aires forward of reveals scheduled for Nov. 21-22 as a part of his “That is Not a Drill” tour, however the reservations fell via, with motels citing a scarcity of availability, the Argentine newspaper Pagina 12 reported.
Motels in Montevideo, in neighboring Uruguay, additionally refused to host him however didn’t present a motive, a Pagina 12 story on Wednesday quoted Waters as saying.
The singer stated that consequently he was nonetheless in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the place he carried out a number of days in the past.
“I had a dinner date on the sixteenth with José Mujica, the previous president of Uruguay, who’s a buddy of mine. And I can’t go (…) as a result of the Israeli foyer and no matter they name themselves have canceled me,” Waters informed Pagina 12.
The president of the Central Israelite Committee of Uruguay, Roby Schindler, despatched a letter to the Sofitel lodge urging it to not host Waters, Pagina 12 stated.
Waters “takes benefit of his fame as an artist to lie and spew his hatred in direction of Israel and all Jews,” Schindler stated, in line with Pagina 12. “By receiving him, you’ll be, even when you don’t want to, propagating the hatred that this man exudes,” Schindler added.
Waters has been dogged by accusations of antisemitism for years, together with criticism by the U.S. authorities earlier this month. The State Division stated Waters has “a protracted observe document of utilizing antisemitic tropes to denigrate Jewish folks.”
Talking to Pagina 12, he vehemently denied that. “They do it as a result of I consider in human rights, and I converse overtly in regards to the genocide of the Palestinian folks,” Waters stated.
In a current interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald, Waters stated the shock assault by Hamas militants in Israel on Oct. 7 “was blown out of all proportion by the Israelis inventing tales about beheading infants.”