Roger Waters blasts Scarlett Johansson over Israel

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Roger Waters blasts Scarlett Johansson over Israel

www.veteransnewsnow.com/2014/02/03/roger-waters-takes-neil-y‘Scarlett,
you are undeniably cute, but if you think Soda Stream is building
bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention,’
writes Roger Waters.

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Pink Floyd’s electronicintifada.net/tags/roger-waters has fiercely criticized Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson over her decision to endorse electronicintifada.net/tags/sodastream, an Israeli company that operates a factory in an illegal colony in the occupied West Bank.

Waters writes that in his previous encounters with Johansson,
the actress struck him as a “young woman of strength and integrity who
believed in truth, human rights, and the law and love.”
Now, the rock legend says that Johansson’s decision to quit
her role with the charity Oxfam in order to represent occupation
profiteer SodaStream “is such an act of intellectual, political, and
civil about face, that we, all those of us who care about the
downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied, the second class, will find it
hard to rationalize.”
He has also written privately to Johansson and to musician Neil Young
urging them to respect the Palestinian call for the cultural and
economic boycott of Israel.
The Canadian-born Young faces growing calls to cancel a scheduled performance in Tel Aviv this summer.

Waters – who has been www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/08/20/226270-roger-waters-to-my of www.bdsmovement.net/ – made the statements in a note he posted on his Facebook page.

Here’s Waters’ note in full:

In
the past days I have written privately to Neil Young (once) and to
Scarlett Johanson (a couple of times). Those letters will remain
private.
Sadly, I have received no reply from either.

And so I write this note on my Facebook page somewhat in bewilderment.

Neil?
I shall ponder all of this long and hard. We don’t really know each
other, but, you were always one of my heroes, I am confused.
Scarlett? Ah, Scarlett. I met Scarlett a year or so ago, I think it was at a Cream reunion concert at MSG. She
was then, as I recall, fiercely anti Neocon, passionately disgusted by
Blackwater (Dick Cheney’s private army in Iraq), you could have been
forgiven for thinking that here was a young woman of strength and
integrity who believed in truth, human rights, and the law and love. I
confess I was somewhat smitten. There’s no fool like an old fool. A few
years down the line, Scarlett’s choice of SodaStream over Oxfam is such
an act of intellectual, political, and civil about face, that we, all
those of us who care about the downtrodden, the oppressed, the occupied,
the second class, will find it hard to rationalize.
I would like to ask that younger Scarlett a question or two. Scarlett,
just for one example, are you aware that the Israeli government has
razed to the ground a Bedouin village in the Negev desert in Southern
Israel 63 times, the last time being on the 26th of December 2013. This
village is the home to Bedouin. The Bedouin are, of course, Israeli
citizens with full rights of citizenship. Well, not quite full rights,
because in “Democratic” Israel there are fifty laws that discriminate
against non Jewish citizens.
I
am not going to attempt to list, either those laws (they are on the
statute book in the Knesset for all to research) or all the other grave
human rights abuses of Israeli domestic and foreign policy. I would run
out of space. But, to return to my friend Scarlett Johansson.
Scarlett, I have read your reposts and excuses, in them you
claim that the Palestinian workers in the factory have equal pay,
benefits and “Equal rights.” Really? Equal Rights? Do they?
Do they have the right to vote?

Do they have access to the roads?

Can they travel to their work place without waiting for hours to pass through the occupying forces control barriers?

Do they have clean drinking water?

Do they have sanitation?

Do they have citizenship?

Do
they have the right not to have the standard issue kicking in their
door in the middle of the night and taking their children away?
Do they have the right to appeal against arbitrary and indefinite imprisonment?

Do they have the right to re-occupy the property and homes they owned before 1948?

Do they have the right to an ordinary, decent human family life?

Do they have the right to self determination?

Do they have the right to continue to develop a cultural life that is ancient and profound?

If these questions put you in a quandary I can answer them for you. The answer is, NO, they do not.

The workers in The SodaStream Factory do not have any of these rights.

So, what are the “equal rights” of which you speak?

Scarlett,
you are undeniably cute, but if you think SodaStream is building
bridges towards peace you are also undeniably not paying attention.
Love

R.
In August, Roger Waters published an open letter calling on
fellow musicians to unite against Israel. “I write to you now, my
brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join
with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a
cultural boycott on Israel,” Waters wrote.
He officially announced he was joining the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in 2011.

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