Steve Nimmons
Academic and Author researching policing in smart cities

Roger Waters Responds to Rabbi Abraham Cooper

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has posted an open letter on Facebook to the Associate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Rabbi Abraham Cooper.

Waters rebuts criticism of the Wall Show which faced mass denunciation after an inflatable pig (with a Star of David stamped on its front quarters) was displayed at a concert in Belgium. Waters, a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement is openly critical of Israel which he labels:

a state that operates Apartheid both within its own borders and also in the territories it has occupied and colonized since 1967

Waters, rejecting claims that his views are anti-Semitic, describes his performance hubristically:

The Wall Show, so lamely attacked by you, is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti war, anti colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti authoritarian, anti fascist, anti apartheid, anti dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical.

Sadly it is not, nor is Waters and his geo-political punditry as acoustically, philosophically or spiritually engaging as John Cage’s 4’33″ on a long loop.

About the Author
Steve Nimmons is an academic, writer and technologist specialising in criminology, security and policing. His research includes smart cities, digital policing models and public protection through design of smart urban environments.