George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, bassist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Rick Wright, and guitarist, singer, and songwriter Syd Barrett. Waters initially served as the group’s bassist, but following the departure of Barrett in 1968, he also became their lyricist, co-lead vocalist, and conceptual leader.
Roger Waters The Pink Floyd bassist and songwriter has been one of the most vocal proponents of the “boycott, divest, sanction” strategy in regards to Israel. Specifically, he’s led a movement of artists who refuse to play in the country until a peaceful solution is found. While he’s made it clear that his opposition to the country’s military action has nothing to do with Israelis or Jews, he’s taken enormous heat for it.
“Today is the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Palestine by Israel. Fifty years living under military occupation. Fifty years for a people with no civil rights. Fifty years of no recourse to the law. Fifty years of apartheid.”
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