ADL Open Letter To Rock Music Legend Roger Waters

New York, NY, October 5, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today issued the following open letter to Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters concerning the Star of David imagery in his "The Wall Show" concert tour.

Dear Mr. Waters,

I am convinced, after reading your open letter to me in The Independent, that you misunderstand our concerns about your concert production and, specifically, its use of the Star of David imagery followed by dollar signs in "Good Bye Blue Sky." I hope this open letter will clarify ADL's concerns and set the record straight.

First of all, let me be perfectly clear that I have never accused you or "The Wall Show" of anti-Semitism. I take you at your word that you had no intention of imparting an anti-Semitic message, either through the imagery projected on the wall, or through references to Israel's security fence.

We have carefully watched the video montage from your show and understand it as being an anti-war statement.

Our concern is, quite simply, the order of the imagery employed. When the Star of David is immediately followed with dollar signs, it creates linkage between Jews and money. Seeing the images in that order is shocking to many people, Jewish and non-Jewish, who are aware of and sensitive to the old stereotype of the money-grubbing Jew.

We, too, have heard from many of your fans who have attended the concerts in the States and were shocked by the decision to immediately follow the Star of David with dollar signs.

We would ask, out of sensitivity to those who might be offended, that you change the order of the symbols so that the dollar signs are made to appear elsewhere in the show. For us, it would put this matter entirely to rest.

That simple change would go a long way to allay our concerns, and those of concertgoers and others who believe that the current production seems to call up the old canard about greedy Jews and money.

I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Abraham H. Foxman

National Director

Anti-Defamation League

According to reports, the sequence of the symbols in "The Wall Show" concert video has been changed so that the dollar signs are no longer followed by the Star of David imagery.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

More from this Section