The former frontman of Pink Floyd has sparked outrage after comparing Israel’s government to the Nazi regime.
Leading rabbis and Jewish writers have blasted Roger Waters as antisemitic for claiming the state’s treatment of Palestinians is akin to the oppression of Jews between 1933 and 1946.
Waters, 70, who refuses to visit or perform in Israel, said he would not have played in France or Germany during the Second World War either.
‘The parallels with what went on in the 1930s in Germany are so crushingly obvious,’ he told American magazine Counter Punch last week.
‘There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except that this time, it’s the Palestinian people being murdered.’
He claimed Palestinians are regarded as ‘sub-human’, and branded the Israeli rabbinate ‘bizarre’.
Enraged, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach has hit back at Waters, calling his comments an ‘antisemitic diatribe’ which outstretches any other attack on Israel and Jews.
Writing in the New York Observer, Rabbi Boteach said: ‘Mr Waters, the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews.
‘That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul.’