A letter to Roger Waters, in the spirit of his letter to Bon Jovi.
Dear Roger Waters,
Having read your latest letter to Bon Jovi, I won’t waste my time drawing the differences with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then, and the immoral stand some artists are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli attempts to protect themselves. I know you cannot be convinced.
Attempts to protect again and again against the Arab violence while successfully maintaining the only democracy in the Middle east. A democracy which ensures freedom of speech, women rights, gay friendly society, and minorities equality – an island of sanity in an ocean of madness, violence and hate for all of these things.
So the die is cast, you are determined to proceed with your attempts to isolate Israel by blaming artists for any and every act of violence.
You are making your stand, so with whom do you stand shoulder to shoulder?
You stand shoulder to shoulder:
With the ‘passover massacre’ suicide bomber who killed 30 and injured 172.
With the sniper who killed the 10 month old Shalhevet Pass.
With the suicide bomber who killed 17 in a disco.
With Amjad Awad and Hakim Awad who murdered the Fogel family.
You were still standing next to them when they returned back into the house to murder the 3 month old Hadas when they heard her crying.
With the attackers who killed 5 people while they were praying in a Synagogue.
With the Munich murderers who murdered 11 olympic athletes.
With the terrorists who entered a school and murdered 22 and wounded 62.
You were standing next to Samir Kuntar on the shores of Nahariya while he
You are still standing next to him today, while he is embraced as a hero by the people you support.
You were standing inside bus number 37 as it exploded, killing 17 and injuring 53.
You were standing next to Abed al-Hadi Ghaneim as he seized the steering wheel of bus 405 running it off a steep cliff killing 16 and wounding 27.
You were standing, and did nothing to help, during the Kfar Yuval hostage crisis.
You were standing right next to the suicide bomber in Dizengoff street as he pushed the deadly button killing 22, wounding 50.
You were standing at that window, shoulder to shoulder, with those who committed the Ramallah lynching.
You were standing next to Yasser Arafat in Cairo 1964 as he announced the creation of the PLO which states its goal as ‘liberation of Palestine through armed struggle’.
You sir, support an armed struggle. You support violence. You support murder. You support the killing of thousands of civilians.
And how do I know that? I know that because –
You were standing in each and every one of the attacks carried out since 1851 by the Arabs, who failed again and again, to acknowledge the the existence of the Jewish state.
You were sitting at your comfortable desk, writing this horrible letter to Bon Jovi, while a group of Arab attackers murdered the Henkin’s in front of their 4 children.
So tell me please, while you have Yasser Arafat rubbing your right shoulder and Samir Kuntar rubbing your left shoulder – who is the one who stand by silent and indifferent? Which one is the criminal, you or Bon Jovi?
So, Roger, can you handle the truth?
Doron Goldberg a father of three, soon to be four, living in Israel. He works as a software development manager and is a member of the Israeli New Liberal Movement. This post originally appeared in a slightly different form at his new personal website.