Yesterday we started looking at the showbiz branch of the movement to boycott Israel – and at the man who may be its most passionate member, Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters. In 2013, his comparison of Israel to Nazi Germany inspired Rabbi Schmuley Boteach to pen an eloquent, informed response. “Mr. Waters,” he wrote,
the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered 6 million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul. The Jews of Germany did nothing to invite the aggression against them. Indeed, they were loyal citizens of a country that many of them had fought for courageously just 20 years earlier in the First World War. They did not blow up buses for political purposes. They did not send terrorists into schools to murder children. They did not preach that killing German children would get them virgins in heaven. They lived lives of humanity and decency and were murdered for no other reason than the fact that they were Jews.
You have disgraced yourself by comparing the martyred 6 million, which included 1-and-a-half-million children who were gassed to death in cold blood, to Palestinian terror organizations like Hamas, whose stated intention it is to wipe Israel off the map.
Boteach went on to cite the “endless opportunities” the Palestinians were given “to live with Israel in peace, including the 1936-37 Peel Commission, which partitioned the land into two states, and the U.N. partition plan of 1947, both of which gave the Arabs far more land than the Jews.” But while the Jews agreed to the latter plan, “the Arabs rejected it and instead dedicated themselves to Israel’s destruction.” Boteach also noted the 1967 “war of annihilation against Israel” in which the Jewish state “miraculously defeated four invading Arab armies and conquered huge tracts of land” – and then, to secure a peace treaty, returned the Sinai Peninsula, “three times the size of Israel,” to Egypt, an “act of accommodation,” Boteach underscored, that “has no precedent in the history of the world.”
Boteach continued his history lesson, pointing out that despite Arafat’s “declared intention of armed struggle and destroying the Zionist presence,” and his school bus massacres and other terrorist acts, “Israel never relinquished its hope that Arab leaders who were sincere about peace might arise.” When Israel voluntarily withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Gazans chose to be ruled by Hamas, which, as its charter itself spells out, is “motivated not by Palestinian freedom but by hatred of Jews,”
channeled the billions they received as the world’s largest per capita recipients of international foreign aid into rockets rather than hospitals, bombs rather than universities. And they intentionally launch their rockets from nurseries and schools rendering the innocent Palestinian population into human shields, not surprising for an organization that regularly murders Palestinian homosexuals under the false accusation of collaboration and engages in honor killings of young Palestinian women whose only crime is to have a boyfriend.
Yet – as we’ll see tomorrow – it was all lost on Waters.