Roger Waters may face protest outside show

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls for boycott of Roger Waters' gig in Sag Harbor, planning protest outside.

Elad Benari ,

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd star who is notorious for his anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rants, may face a group of pro-Israel protesters outside his gig in New York on Friday.

According to a report by the World Entertainment News Network, Waters is set to play a show at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, but members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, are calling for a boycott of the gig over Waters' constant anti-Israel statements.

In December 2013, Waters mendaciously compared Israel to Nazi Germany, saying in an interview, “The situation in Israel/Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime is unacceptable.”

He previously released a giant balloon pig bearing the Star of David during a concert in Belgium. Concert-goers said the Jewish star was among several symbols representing various corporations and fascist movements.

In addition, Waters has frequently blasted other musicians for choosing to perform in Israel. His most recent “victim” was Jon Bon Jovi, to whom he penned an open letter condemning his choice and claiming he "had a chance to stand on the side of justice."

He has previously called out Alan Parsons, the Rolling Stones, as well as Neil Young and actress Scarlett Johansson.

Members of the Simon Wiesenthal Center urged ticketholders to the show not to use their ticket to Waters’ Friday show, and instead join demonstrators outside the venue, according to the World Entertainment News Network.

"The Simon Wiesenthal Center... calls on New Yorkers to give Roger Waters the reception he deserves: an empty hall. We urge people who may have been unaware of his hate-filled boycott campaign and bought tickets for his performance, to vote with their feet and instead stand in solidarity - outside of the theater - with the innocent victims of terrorism in The Holy Land," the organization said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the Bay Street Theater, in which the concert will be held, has announced that it will refund tickets to anyone offended by Waters’ anti-Israel sentiment, the reported.

Tracy Mitchell, the executive director of Bay Street, told the website that not one person has called for a refund so far.

“In fact, we have people begging for tickets,” she said, stressing the theater is committed to the right to free speech but also respects the rights of others who are offended by Waters’ scheduled show.