Known for his political commitment, Roger Waters unveiled in Paris the trophy of the winner of Roland-Garros. A detail has not escaped the commentators: the keffiyeh worn by the singer around his neck in tribute to the Palestinian cause.
Former Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters was invited on June 10th to unveil the Musketeers trophy for the winner of the French Grand Slam tennis tournament. After a match without suspense, Rafael Nadal was crowned Porte d'Auteuil for the 11th time of his career before a parterre of French and international stars. On the clay court Philippe Chatrier, two personalities were called, as usual, to reveal the cup awarded to the champion. Roger Waters performed with French actress Léa Seydoux. At the neck of the first, a keffiyeh, traditional symbol of Arab peasants, including Palestinian, popularized in the West by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
A symbolic accessory to the commitment of the former bassist of the British progressive and psychedelic rock band that has marked the history of music. Originally from London, Roger Waters is indeed a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and media support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which calls for stopping some contacts with the Jewish state to protest against the colonization policy of this country. latest. On Twitter, some Internet users have reacted to the stance of Roger Waters.
In concert the day before in Nanterre, Roger Waters had already shown his support to the family of a young Palestinian nurse killed in Gaza on 1 June by the shot of an Israeli soldier.
Already in 2015, the artist had published an open letter addressed to the pop group of Bon Jovi, who had chosen to perform in Tel Aviv on October 3 of the same year.
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Denouncing the "apartheid" that the Gaza population is suffering from, Roger Waters also explained in 2016 that the musicians were "too afraid of their careers" if they criticized Israel.
"American artists who support the boycott of Israel because of the problem of Palestinian rights are too terrified to talk for fear that it will hurt their careers," he emphasized in an interview, considering that it was ten years since he was treated as "anti-Semitic and Nazi" for criticizing Israeli policy. In 2017, Roger Waters was part of the ten artists calling Radiohead to cancel a concert in Israel, believing that the group known for its progressive political orientations should join the calls to boycott Israel. "By demanding that you do not play in Israel, the Palestinians have asked you to take a small step to help put pressure on Israel to end its violations of human rights and international law," he said.
In a concert in Barcelona last AprilRoger Waters has also vilified the Syrian White Helmets. "(This is) a fake organization that exists only to propagandize for jihadists and terrorists," he said. In June of the same year, the bassist broadcast in Berlin a message in support of the whistleblower Julian Assange.
Launched in 2005, BDS is an international citizen movement that exists in many countries such as the United States, Great Britain, Belgium or France. It aims to put pressure on the Israeli government by boycotting it in the commercial, academic and cultural spheres. In France, the Court of Cassation judged in 2015 that the call to boycott Israeli products was illegal.