UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Local officials and students from two Jewish academies protested outside Nassau Coliseum against former Pink Floyd bassist and songwriter Roger Waters, who is performing at the arena Friday and Saturday.

Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, who organized the protest, doesn’t think Waters should be playing the Coliseum because the rocker backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

“He has a definite plan on which to delegitimatize Israel,” Blakeman said.

During the protest, Blakeman also held up a picture from a Waters concert showing an inflatable pig with a Star of David on it.

“This would be considered a hate crime here in the United States,” Blakeman said, adding that Waters has no place at a taxpayer-funded arena.

“I don’t know what he’s trying to say with this stuff but it’s offensive,” one student said.

“He is not a human rights fighter, he’s a classic, old-fashioned anti-Semite,” said Nassau County Legislator Howard Kopel.

“If you’re anti-Israel in general that’s called anti-Semitism right there,” said a student from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County.

Waters supports economic sanctions against Israel, but denies he’s anti-Semitic.

Nassau County came out against the BDS movement but by then the contract for Waters’ appearance had already been signed, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

  1. Lyn McKuen says:

    Roger Waters is courageous to speak out against apartheid and the fact that Israel, under its laws, denies equal rights to its indigenous population. It’s not surprising that some Jews, those that identify with Israel (which claims to represent Jews) are offended.

    Well the people of the U.S. should investigate the history better and not just rely on media bias and brainwashing from the pro-Israel crowd. Israel has been massacring and forcing Palestinians from their homes for many decades, and confiscating their property for Jewish-only use. I don’t know why some Jews identify with this or think it a good thing, I guess some are in denial and truth makes them uncomfortable, but I wouldn’t support it if I were Jewish.

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