Pink Floyd's Roger Waters sparks outrage after dressing as a Nazi SS officer in Berlin
Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has once again sparked outrage after he dressed up as a Nazi SS officer during a performance in Berlin and compared a deceased Al Jazeera journalist to Holocaust victim Anne Frank.
When he performed at the Mercedes-Benz Arena last week, Waters, 79, donned a costume reminiscent of those used by Nazi officers with a red arm band and crossed hammers on a leather jacket collar — the same imagery that a fictitious neo-Nazi organization wore in the 1982 film Pink Floyd: The Wall.
And a screen behind him displayed the names of dead figures, including Anne Frank next to Abu Akleh, an Al Jazeera journalist who was fatally shot last year while covering an Israeli Defense Forces raid on a Palestinian refugee camp.
The country’s Orthodox Jewish rabbinical association is now calling for a ban on Waters performing in Germany — but the rocker continues to deny he is anti-Semitic and is only speaking out against Israeli politics.
Throughout his performance, Waters tried to draw comparisons between Nazi Germany and present day Israel as he doubles down on his criticism of the country’s treatment of Palestinians.
At one point, he even pretended to fire a gun into the crowd in his Nazi-inspired uniform — which were worn by the members of a neo-Nazi organization in the Pink Floyd film The Wall, which tells the story of a rocker who crafts a metaphorical wall to protect himself.
A screen shaped like a crucifix also displayed the names of deceased figures, including Anne Frank, who it says was killed in Germany because she was Jewish and Abu Akleh, the Al Jazeera journalist who the screen said was killed because she is ‘Palestinian.’
The Israeli Defense Forces have denied any involvement in her killing.
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