(NationalUSNews.com) — Accusations of antisemitism have led to hotels in Argentina and Uruguay reportedly turning away reservations for Roger Waters, the co-founder of Pink Floyd. Waters, who is known for his vocal support of Palestine, had planned to stay in Buenos Aires, Argentina’s capital, in preparation for his “This is Not a Drill” tour concerts on November 21–22. However, his booking attempts were unsuccessful, with hotels citing unavailability, according to Argentina’s Pagina 12 newspaper.
Moreover, establishments in Montevideo, Uruguay, also declined to accommodate the British singer without providing any justification. Waters informed Pagina 12 that this refusal left him stranded in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he recently performed.
Waters claimed that his planned dinner on November 16th with his friend José Mujica, former president of Uruguay, had to be canceled due to interference from Israeli lobby groups. “I’ve been canceled by the Israeli lobby and their cohorts,” Waters told Pagina 12.
Roby Schindler, president of Uruguay’s Central Israelite Committee, sent a letter to the Sofitel hotel cautioning against hosting Waters, reported Pagina 12. Schindler accused Waters of exploiting his celebrity status to propagate antipathy towards Israel and Jewish people. He warned that by accommodating Waters, the hotel would inadvertently contribute to the dissemination of his alleged hate speech.
The accusations of antisemitism against Waters are not recent. Earlier this year, the U.S. government criticized Waters, with the State Department claiming he uses antisemitic rhetoric to disparage Jewish individuals.
Previously this month, musician Waters found himself in the center of a controversy following a concert performance in Berlin. The artist’s choice of attire—an SS officer uniform complete with a red armband—and a prop in the form of a faux firearm sparked considerable outrage. The spectacle was further amplified by the presence of a massive inflatable pig that sailed over the audience, emblazoned with banners reminiscent of the Third Reich.
Once photographs of the event began circulating online, the backlash was swift and severe. Numerous Jewish organizations, including the Israeli government, expressed their denouncement of Waters’ actions. Subsequent to the concert, Berlin law enforcement declared that they were launching an investigation into Waters. The musician is facing potential charges of “disturbing the public peace” and “incitement to public hatred.”
Waters refutes these accusations, attributing them to his outspoken support for Palestinian human rights and open condemnation of what he refers to as the genocide of the Palestinian people. In a conversation with journalist Glenn Greenwald, Waters stated that the October 7th attack by Hamas militants in Israel had been grossly exaggerated by Israeli narratives about child decapitations.
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