“I’ll tell you why I think they’re wrong, and that is because there are many, many Israeli Jews who are part of the BDS movement … and any of those people will say, ‘No, I don’t want to sit around a campfire with you, what I want you to do is not cross the picket line.’” Waters added that it was impossible to hold a conversation with “a population that have largely been under a state of living in propaganda 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all their lives since they were born.” As the Jerusalem Post noted, Waters never bothered explaining how it is that the Israelis he considers are worthy of talking – i.e.
those who support the BDS movement – had successfully escaped the “propaganda.” Waters, who is at the forefront of a campaign to culturally boycott Israel, made another appeal during the session to fellow artists not to perform in the Jewish state.
Several pro-Israel advocates who were listening to the chat charged him with being a hypocrite and an anti-Semite, and some of them informed the singer that they were taking part in the session from a Guns N’ Roses concert taking place at the same time in Tel Aviv.
Waters told the band to “think again” about playing in a country “where a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people.” Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, however, said he refused to be “bullied” by people like Waters who “sh*t at us in public,” according to an interview he gave to Rolling Stone magazine.
Waters told Barghouti that as an “apartheid” nation, Israel is heading toward becoming a “pariah state.” When asked if describing Israel as such would insult victims of South Africa’s apartheid era, Waters retorted that anyone who would react that way was “entirely ignorant.” “It’s hard not to go back to [Joseph] Goebbels,” he said, referring to the Nazi minister of propaganda.