DISTURBED singer David Draiman has once again slammed Roger Waters, saying:
“What are they really hoping to achieve by holding back their art from the general population? What good is that going to do?
Even if you subscribe to the notion that it will achieve something to boycott goods and the services from these specific quote-unquote occupied territories — and that’s a whole another topic of vast discussion and debate — what is the justification in holding back your creativity and your art? Music and art was created, and is created, to bring people together — not to separate them. It’s meant to build bridges, not to burn them down.”
“His unbridled hatred is so severe and has affected his psyche so much, he’s rewriting his own history,”
“The man played Israel, and the way that he’ll tell you the story of that performance is very, very different to what actually happened, to the footage that exists on tape that you can actually look back at and refer to and know that he’s full of sh*t. It doesn’t cease to amaze me, the lengths that him and those like him will go to distort the truth on behalf of their ridiculous hateful narrative. You can’t have a rational debate with people like that. It’s like trying to play chess with a pigeon who just ends up sh*tting all over the chess board and insisting that he won.”
On boycott, he said:
“Israel gets a particular judgment and preferential boycotting that literally, no other society is subject to. The Chinese treatment of their homegrown Muslim population and the internment camps that they’re in — millions being subjugated and thrown into re-education programs. How they brutalized their LGBTQ communities.
Places like Venezuela and Syria and Sudan and all over the African continent, which are committing grave crimes against humanity. Even our partners with the United States in Saudi Arabia and many other states, the atrocities they continue to commit, none of them get the level of judgment and scrutiny that the Israeli government does.
“I will be perfectly frank and honest with you — there are many things that I disagree with the current Israeli administration, as many Israelis do, but that’s a democracy,” he continued.
“I disagree with a lot of the actions of the current administration in the United States too; that doesn’t mean I’m not going to play there.
“[Israel is subjected to a] really unfair amount of unjustified treatment and persecution. There is no sense to it. There isn’t logic behind it. There isn’t another people on the planet that are treated the same way.”