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Roger Waters Chooses Political Beliefs over Money in Passing on Lucrative Offer to Play Israel

Courtesy of Roger WatersTurning down a chance to perform in front of a big crowd in Israel for big bucks was a no-brainer for Roger Waters due to his strong political beliefs.

In a recent interview with Counter Punch, the former Pink Floyd bassist said a promoter came to him a few months ago with an offer to play in Tel Aviv for 100,000 people at $100 per ticket.  Waters, who is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, said that if he had accepted, "all I would be doing would be legitimizing the policies of the government."

Waters added, "The situation in Israel/Palestine, with the occupation, the ethnic cleansing and the systematic racist apartheid Israeli regime, is unacceptable.  So for an artist to go and play in a country that occupies other people's land and oppresses them the way Israel does is plain wrong."

There's also a political element to a current Waters project that's still in the early stages.

"I've made a demo, which is one hour and six minutes long," he says.  "It's pretty heavy, I confess, but there is also some humor in it, I hope.  But it's extremely radical, and it poses very important questions."

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