Roger Waters of Pink Floyd plays to a full house in NY despite Simon Wiesenthal Center call for boycott – Reddit
Jews from all over the South Fork trekked to Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Friday night to protest the performance of anti-Israel musician Roger Waters.
About 60 people stood in front of the theater with big signs that supported the state of Israel and called the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement, or BDS, a hate crime. Mr. Waters is a big proponent of BDS, which aims to embargo Israeli exports to put economic and thus political pressure on the country.
The Pink-Floyd co-founder performed at Bay Street as part of G.E. Smith’s “Portraits” concert series and sold out the entire venue. According to Executive Director of Bay Street Tracy Mitchell, people were even “begging” for tickets to the show.
On Tuesday, Bay Street announced that it would refund tickets for those who no longer wanted to attend Mr. Waters’s show, reiterating that the theater is committed to the right to free speech but also respects the rights of Jews who were offended by Mr. Waters’s performance.
“This is just the beginning of what we are doing,” said Larry Zimmerman, an East Hampton resident, who was also handing out fliers to theater-goers. “We want a worldwide campaign to protest Roger Waters wherever he is.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization, called on New Yorkers to boycott Mr. Waters’s performance as he does Israel, and give him an empty theater.
“We urge people who may have been unaware of his hate-filled boycott campaign and bought tickets for his performance, to vote with their feet and instead stand in solidarity—outside of the theater—with the innocent victims of terrorism in The Holy Land,” the release said on Tuesday.