February 7, 2020
Buenos Aires and Paris – As soon as it became known that Roger Waters had scheduled appearances in Mexico for next October, both Directors for International Relations and Latin America of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Drs. Shimon Samuels and Ariel Gelblung, respectively, sent letters to companies that are organizers or sponsors. Addressing OCESA, Palacio de los Deportes, Cerveza Corona, Aeroméxico and Citibanamex in Mexico and Anheuser-Busch. In Bev, Belgium, the main international shareholder of the above-mentioned beer, the Centre warned: “The prestige of your enterprise should not be sullied by those who use music as camouflage to discriminate and spread a violent and racist message. On his previous visit, Waters displayed an inflatable pig carrying a Star of David, to besmirch the Jews, who consider (the pig) an impure animal. This imagery represents the German medieval anti-Semitic iconography of the Judensau or Jewish sow.»
The letter continued: «Money that you will invest in supporting Waters will be used to prevent humanitarian aid from reaching the Venezuelan people, or to finance the explosive balloons that Hamas uses in its attacks on the civilian population that borders the Gaza Strip. Or maybe to sustain the policy – declared illegitimate in many jurisdictions – of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement against Israel, based on the Nazi boycott – ‘Do not to buy from Jews’ – a precursor of the Pogrom of November 1938 known as Kristallnacht, just in the year.”
Samuels and Gelblung have notified all sponsor companies, in Europe and the Americas, that the Wiesenthal Center Mexican volunteer group – that in 2018 led the campaign “RESIST THE RACIST”, during the last visit of Waters – will simultaneously launch a campaign to protest those ‘Sons of Darkness’ still willing to promote hate and commend those who have joined the ‘Sons of Light’.
For further information, please contact Dr. Shimon Samuels at +336 09770158 or Dr. Ariel Gelblung at +54 9 11 49695365,
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