Roger Waters denies he is antisemitic

By Sandy Rashty, March 17, 2014

Pink Floyd guitarist Roger Waters had denied he is antisemitic, in the wake of comments from Jewish philanthropist Gerald Ronson.

The musician, who is known for his criticism of Israel, wrote an open letter to Mr Ronson in the Daily Telegraph.

In it he said: "I am not an antisemite or against the Israeli people. I am a critic of the policies of the government of Israel.

"Because I am a critic of this Israeli government's policies and in the absence of this Israeli government producing cogent arguments to defend themselves from my criticism, I am instead routinely subjected to the accusation that I am an antisemite."

The letter came after Mr Ronson, chair of antisemitism watchdog the Community Security Trust, said at the CST fundraising dinner earlier this month that Mr Waters "insists he is only anti-Israel, and he isn't of course, antisemitic".

Last year, Mr Waters was criticised for displaying an inflatable pig adorned with a star of David during his concerts.

Last updated: 6:24pm, March 17 2014