Roger Waters Shares Three Wishes After Establishing He’s Not Racist

In the eye of a storm brewed by political controversy, Roger Waters has emerged triumphant against accusations of antisemitism and the cancellation of performances. After his big win against the city council, the rocker had three requests for everyone to hear on Instagram.

The saga spun around Waters, who had faced accusations of antisemitism following his outspoken critique of the Israeli government’s handling of Palestinians. This criticism led to a domino effect of concert cancellations, including one in Frankfurt, where the city council owns a significant 60% stake in the rights to the festival. However, the latest turn of events sees Waters successful in his legal battle against the Frankfurt city council.

The musician himself responded to the cancellations on Twitter, pledging his unwavering determination to perform in Frankfurt on May 28 and underlining the importance of human rights and freedom of speech. Following a legal face-off, the Frankfurt administrative court came down in Waters’ favor, overturning the city council’s decision to cancel the concert at the Festhalle concert hall.

In the wake of his triumph, Waters has voiced his wish for change. He called for an end to the misinterpretation of criticism against the Israeli government’s policies as antisemitism. He advocated for reevaluating the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism. Waters also applauded Germany’s strong laws safeguarding artistic expression and implored the nation to prevent using militarized police to suppress peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinian cause. Although specific, his requests reverberated with a universal plea for understanding, fairness, and the right to peaceful protest.

Roger Waters’ three requests on Instagram after winning in court read:

“Read all about it!

Frankfurt court finds Roger Waters canceled show can proceed because the court finds: ‘Roger Waters is not an anti-Semite!’ And ‘His use of costume parodying the German Third Reich during the show’ is ‘an acceptable use of an artistic license to warn us all of the dangers of the current resurgence of fascism in the West.’

So, the concert in Frankfurt on the 28 will go ahead. In light of this enlightened decision:

1. Can we please stop conflating criticism of the policies of the government of the apartheid, racist state of Israel with anti-semitism?

2. Can we please agree to scrap the absurd IHRA definition of anti-semitism, a worthless piece of paper whose only possible use is to obfuscate the real meaning of the term?

3. Can we congratulate the German people for having laws that protect freedom of artistic expression? And urge them to prevail upon their government to please stop using militarized police to ban and violently put down peaceful BDS demonstrations organized in support of our oppressed brothers and sisters in Palestine.

I can’t wait to bring my message of love and peace to Germany in May, there to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, not only with all my brothers and sisters in the BDS movement but also with the rest of the burgeoning anti-war, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, anti-authoritarian, anti-establishment movement that warms this bleeding heart.”

Waters’ victory, a symbol of artistic freedom and open dialogue, will now allow him to perform in Frankfurt. His victory seems to be more than a personal win as it shined a spotlight on the broader issues of freedom of expression and the rights of artists to engage in political discourse. Waters’ three requests – a call for deeper understanding, reevaluation, and support for the oppressed perfectly show his stance.

Photo Credit: Roger Waters – Instagram