Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters was incensed by an April Fool’s Day prank by Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry.
The British rock star, who actively promotes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, was anything but amused when the ministry punked him by announcing a fake summer show in Tel Aviv, The Jerusalem Post reported.
“Pink Floyd legend @rogerwaters is coming to Tel Aviv! Mark your calendars!” the April 1 tweet read.
— 4IL (@4ILorg) April 1, 2019
Savvy Twitter users picked up on the joke and joined in on the prank.
Hi, welcome to the joke. Hope you enjoy your time here
— Marito Mortadela (@MortadelaMarito) April 2, 2019
I just baought two tickets for the @rogerwaters concert in Tel Aviv on July 16…..Hurry, get your before they’re all sold out!
— The Jewish Patriot (@GidForYids) April 2, 2019
Is that before or after he converts?
— SussexFriendsIsrael (@SussexFriends) April 1, 2019
But Waters found it to be “no laughing matter,” blasting the ministry for its gag. The 75-year-old musician exploded in all caps in response.
APRIL FOOLS DAY POST BY THE ISRAELI MINISTRY OF STRATEGIC AFFAIRS:
“ROGER WATERS TO PLAY IN TEL AVIV 16th JULY 2019.”
HO! FUCKING HO!
EXCEPT THIS IS NO LAUGHING MATTER.
THE MURDER OF UNARMED CHILDREN AND PARAMEDICS AND JOURNALISTS…
— Roger Waters (@rogerwaters) April 1, 2019
He linked to a Facebook post where he continued his rant against Israel, again in all caps.
“THE MURDER OF UNARMED CHILDREN AND PARAMEDICS AND JOURNALISTS AND OTHER PEACEFUL PROTESTERS BY COWARDS IN UNIFORM WITH HIGH POWERED SNIPER RIFLES FROM BEHIND FORTIFIED POSITIONS IS NOT A MATTER FOR JEST,” Waters posted.
According to Breitbart News:
The “peaceful protests” Waters refers to in his post are the so-called March of the Return riots organized by Hamas along the border with Gaza in which Palestinians have hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, burned tires, launched petrol and explosives-laden “terror kites” and other incendiary devices over the border into Israeli territory, infiltrated the security fence with weapons and used snipers to shoot Israeli soldiers.
Waters’ ongoing crusade against the Jewish State of Israel is not new, and he has long been a member of the BDS, a movement started in 2005 to press Israel over its occupation of territories that are sought by Palestinians. German public broadcasters cancelled plans to air his concerts last year citing “accusations of anti-Semitism against him.”
His social media rant over the April Fool’s Day prank earned him plenty of rebukes on Twitter where users urged him to just calm down, and even consider using his talent to promote peace instead of division and hatred.
Oh c’mon, lighten up ‘ol chap! It’s was just an April Fool’s Day prank. Or at very least, crawl back under your racist, Antisemitic rock. No one here wants to see you anyway!
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) April 2, 2019
On the other hand, you could use your talent to promote peace. Why not play there?… at least you’d have an audience that might listen. Aggression begets more aggression – fight it from within.
— Alan (@Gottzy) April 1, 2019
The sad part is he knows he’s lying … that the paramedics and journalists were Hamas operatives. The children were standing with terrorists.
Sad that he hates Jews so much, he lies this much.
Or hates so much, he can’t be bothered doing real research.
— Lomaahh (@LomaahhMore) April 2, 2019
We all know you CAN never have a concert in Israel.
No one would buy tickets.
— Viktor Hardarson (@1vitaceae) April 2, 2019
Now that you’re using caps you’ve totally convinced me #pathetic
— Adam (@sagsogett) April 2, 2019
bro literally no one wants to listen to you play don’t flatter yourself
— Ashley (@ashleyblair21) April 2, 2019
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