Pink Floyds "The Wall" star marks Israeli barrier


Pink Floyd's "The Wall" star marks Israeli barrier
Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:37 PM ET

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, who inspired the rock band's iconic album "The Wall", scrawled "tear down the wall" on the concrete panels of Israel's West Bank barrier on Wednesday.

The barrier was the first stop on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories for Waters, who had been criticized by some fans for planning to play a concert in the Jewish state.

"It's a horrific edifice, this thing," Waters told reporters as he stood beside a section of the barrier in Bethlehem.

"I've seen pictures of it, I've heard a lot about it but without being here you can't imagine how extraordinarily oppressive it is and how sad it is to see these people coming through these little holes," he added. "It's craziness."

Waters added to graffiti with red spray paint and a marker pen. Waters was lyricist, songwriter and singer for Pink Floyd, the former British rock group famous for "The Wall" and "The Dark Side of the Moon".

Israel has built almost half the barrier, which has the stated aim of keeping suicide bombers out of its cities.

Condemned by Palestinians as a land grab, the barrier has been branded illegal by the World Court because it cuts through occupied territory. Israel is rerouting some sections after a Supreme Court order to lessen Palestinian hardship.

Waters is due to perform a concert at the Arab-Jewish coexistence village of Neve Shalom on Thursday as part of his world tour.

The concert was originally planned for a Tel Aviv sports stadium but, following criticism by fans in Britain, Waters changed the location to the peace village, where Israeli Jews and Arabs live in a joint community.

In 1990, Waters performed "The Wall" along the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Germany to celebrate reunification.

He told reporters he hoped Israel's barrier would also be brought down one day. More than 90 percent of the barrier is razor-tipped fence, but towering concrete walls are used in built-up areas.

"It may be a lot harder to get this one down, but eventually it must happen," Waters said.
Well I guess Mora, he doesnt have to worry about suicide bombers
in Buckinghampshire or LA or were ever the hell he lives.

Still like their music though :eek:

any way, right now there is a lot of fuss about him in israel

The messiah is coming!

Roger Waters' upcoming visit to Israel is the most important thing to happen here in a long time. It is a must-see concert
Guy Benyovits

Happy? I think happiness is found in a place where we understand the point of view and the needs of
the Other. Happiness is found in place where we fail to lose ourselves in our individual dreams (Roger Waters in an internet chat several days ago, proving he still knows how to write).

"Listening to 'The Wall' it is impossible to ignore the feeling that we are dealing with the work of a genius. (Amos Oren, reviewing newly-released album for Yedioth Ahronoth, January 1980)

Ladies and Gentlemen, there is no other way to say it, so let it just be said: This will be the most important rock concert ever here in the Holy Land. Period.

For tens of thousands of Israelis (maybe more), Roger Waters’ upcoming concert at Tel Aviv's Park Hayarkon is much more important than bringing the messiah. Stop the donkey – blow up that huge pig balloon.

Sorting it all out

A small apology: These words were written with a lot of emotion, and they will be a continuum of ideas the sane, normal public will have no idea about. Let's try to understand it all together.

So let's explain: Roger Waters is the Vivaldi, the Beethoven and the Mozart of the modern era. He composed at least two of the compositions
no cultured person can live without knowing: Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.



Concert poster - thanks to Yuval Geiger
On June 22nd, Roger Waters plays a historic concert in Israel, giving fans from the area the chance to hear him present a mix of solo material, and Pink Floyd's 1973 classic, Dark Side Of The Moon. Now, people across the world will be able to hear the show live, thanks to special radio broadcasts in the country.

The show is being held at Neve Shalom at the foot of the Latrun monastery, on the road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. It is a village of Israeli-Palestinian co-existence. Roger stated that he decided to move the show, in order to "show solidarity with the voices of reason of Israelis and Palestinians seeking a non-violent way for a just peace between the two peoples". The show will take place on a chickpea field, that has been dug up for the show (meaning no chickpea crop there this year!).

The show is being broadcast live on local radio. It will be aired on 88FM and also Reshet Bet, which is part of the Israeli Broadcasting Authority. Both stations have internet streams, enabling fans worldwide the chance to hear the event. The stations can be heard via It is also possible that it is airing on Israeli station GALATZ, but we are waiting on confirmation on this.

We believe the concert starts at 8pm local time, which is 5pm GMT.

Our grateful thanks to Asaf Carmeli for this information.


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mora said:
We believe the concert starts at 8pm local time, which is 5pm GMT.

Our grateful thanks to Asaf Carmeli for this information.
A quick surf fails to reveal whether this concert is scheduled for TV. If it's shown live, like the DSOT(?) gig in Venice was about 1989, what channel? I can get Wor Lass to do the Sky+ thing, cos I won't be home by that time.

Memo to self: keep an eye out for a recording on TV on the coming weeks.



mms:// - the Pink Floyd & Roger Waters news & info site

A crowd of 50,000 greeted Roger and the band for this very historic occasion. Showing their love of the music, the fans sang themselves hoarse to every song, revelling in the moment. Certainly, the band were clearly playing very well, and seemed struck by the sense of occasion.

Reckoned to be the best show of the tour to date, it's going to be difficult for them to top this. The tour moves to Moscow, where they will be performing just by Red Square tomorrow night.
Jun. 23, 2006 14:48 | Updated Jun. 23, 2006 14:57
Waters accused of criminal damage

Roger Waters of Pink Floyd spray paints on the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank city of Bethlehem June 21, 2006. REUTERS/Ahmad Mezhir

Right-wing activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir petitioned the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on Friday to detain legendary British rock musician Roger Waters before he left Israel.

The two submitted a criminal accusation against Waters in which they claimed that the former Pink Floyd front man, had destroyed land and ruined IDF property when he spray-painted the separation wall adjacent to Bethlehem.

The day before Thursday's sellout concert at Neveh Shalom Waters painted the words 'No Thought Control' on the wall.

"Maybe it will be harder to bring this one down," said Waters comparing the West Bank security barrier to the Berlin wall in Germany, whose fall Waters vociferously campaigned for.

If the wall is not removed, "it will be hard for us to be human beings," he added.

In 2004, the singer lent his name to a campaign against the building of the security wall launched by War on Want, an organization that "fights poverty in developing countries in partnership and solidarity with people affected by globalization."
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