British musician Roger Waters is in the country for a show at Neve Shalom. Yesterday, he took it upon himself to visit the separation barrier in Bethlehem. With fortuitous timing too, seeing as how press cameras happened to be around, he wrote the emotion-inducing words “Tear Down this Wall” in red spray paint.
Thanks Roger. We all know walls are bad. Even walls meant to protect people from hostile neighbors. Like the ones surrounding your mansion in Hampshire, England (rough neighborhood, I know). Why don’t you set a good example and tear that wall first? Don’t worry about the occasional crazed fan breaking in. His life is rough, and that’s partially your fault after all, so give the poor fella a break.
And while your at it, that fenced off water front mansion of yours in the Hamptons? Well, me and some of my friends in New York were thinking of hitting the beach in the Hamptons this summer and your fence limits our freedom of movement. We expect to find your “extraordinarily oppressive” walls down. And your fridge stocked with beer.
Haaretz noted that in 1990, Waters performed “The Wall” along the Berlin Wall that separated East and West Germany to celebrate reunification (the Berlin Wall was dismantled in 1989). Waters commented on the seperation wall here in Israel ‘It may be a lot harder to get this one down, but eventually it must happen,”
Hey Roger! To help that process along, please feel free to go to Ramallah and Jenin and spray “Stop Suicide Bombers” any time you like. What? Not so much? Didn’t think so.