Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame has slammed Bon Jovi and his band members for heading to Tel Aviv to play a gig this weekend. Waters has made it his business to condemn other performers in the past for their appearances in Israel. In a letter published in Salon, Waters has accused Jon Bon Jovi and his mates of condoning some rather nasty things when they made their decision to play a gig in Tel Aviv.
According to NME.com on October 2, Waters has accused frontman Bon Jovi and his band members of standing “shoulder to shoulder” with “the settler who burned a baby” and “with the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie.”
Waters is determined to show Bon Jovi what he perceives to be the error of his ways. In this letter he listed all the horrendous things allegedly done by the people who govern Israel, which he believes Bon Jovi will now be condoning by showing up at this gig.
Waters believes he is doing some good by passing on that Bon Jovi and his band mates will be visiting a country whose government has caused much suffering to the Palestinians. He also believes that Bon Jovi’s presence in Tel Aviv somehow has him condoning the actions of the government that he listed in the letter.
Bon Jovi is in good company as Waters basically chastised the Rolling Stones, Dionne Warwick and Robbie Williams in the past for their trips to Israel. Other artists have felt the wrath of one of Waters’ letters before embarking on their trip to Israel to perform in concert, according to The Times of Israel.
Alan Parsons, the engineer from “Dark Side of the Moon,” which is Pink Floyd’s iconic album, is another performer who was in Waters’ scope not too long ago. Parsons took his band, The Alan Parsons’ Project, to Israel back in February to perform and this did not please Waters at all.
Here is the letter Roger Waters posted for Bon Jovi and his band members in Salon:
“Dear Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan and Tico Torres,
Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government’s apartheid policies by performing in Israel.
Having read Jon’s comments last week in Yedioth Ahronoth, I won’t waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians.
So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your gig in Tel Aviv on October 3. You are making your stand.
You stand shoulder to shoulder
With the settler who burned the baby
With the bulldozer driver who crushed Rachel Corrie
With the soldier who shot the soccer player’s feet to bits
With the sailor who shelled the boys on the beach
With the sniper who killed the kid in the green shirt
And the one who emptied his clip into the 13-year-old girl
And the Minister of Justice who called for genocide
You had a chance to stand
On the side of justice
With the pilot who refused to bomb refugee camps
With the teenager who chose eight prison terms over army service
With the prisoner who fasted for 266 days until freedom
With the doctor banned from entry for saving lives
With the farmer who was cut down marching to the wall
With the legless child growing up in the rubble
And the 550 others who won’t grow up at all
Because of the missiles and tank shells and bullets we sent
The dead can’t remind you of the crimes you’ve ignored. But, lest we forget, “To stand by silent and indifferent is the greatest crime of all.”