Roger Waters fires back at Nick Cave over Israel

  • 21/11/2017
Roger Waters fires back at Nick Cave over Israel, saying: "This isn't about music, it's about human rights."
Roger Waters; Nick Cave Photo credit: Getty

Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters has hit back at crooner Nick Cave over his refusal to boycott Israel over alleged human rights violations.

The Aussie musician stated he "loved Israel" during a recent media conference and vowed to continue to play concerts in Tel Aviv, despite pressure from various artists to cancel them.

Cave also bemoaned having to endure "public humiliation from Roger Waters and co" over his position, which he declared a "principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians".

In a statement on the website for Artists for Palestine UK (APUK), 'Waters and co' have responded.

"Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno's so is Beethoven's," says Waters.

"This isn't about music, it's about human rights."

Waters goes on to question Cave if his position would be the same if his hometown was "razed to the ground to build stadiums for invaders to promote pop concerts on".

Brian Eno, Ken Loach, Aki Kaurismaki and Al Kennedy have also published statements on APUK over the issue.

Several social media users are also criticising Cave for his position.

Waters has concerts scheduled for Auckland and Dunedin in January, 2018.