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Roger Waters addresses claims of anti-semitism in Facebook letter

Roger Waters addresses claims of anti-semitism in Facebook letter

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Roger Waters is denying allegations that he's anti-Semitic and a Nazi sympathizer, saying in a Facebook post they're "so wild and bigoted they demand a response." 

The claims arose following Waters' "The Wall" show last month in Belgium, over his use of a pig emblazoned with a Star of David.  Waters explains that in his show the Star of David is not symbolic of the Jewish faith but it represents "the evil of errant government," which the audience destroys at the end of each show. 

Waters admits he's been a vocal opponent of some policies of the Israeli government, but "to peacefully protest against Israel's racist domestic and foreign policies is NOT ANTI-SEMITIC." 

Roger adds that the Star of David is just one of many symbols featured in the show, along with a crucifix, the Crescent and Star, the Hammer and Sickle, a dollar sign, and several corporate logos. 

Waters points out that The Anti Defamation League has said they found "no anti-Semitic intent" in his show.  He also says "The Wall" is "many things," describing it as "thoughtful," "life affirming," and "humane" as well as "pro liberty," "pro peace," "anti fascist," "musical," and "satirical." 

The rocker adds that he's staged nearly 200 performances of "The Wall" since September 2010 and this is the first time his show has ever come under fire as anti-Semitic.  He's also inviting his critics to attend the show to witness it for themselves. 

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