Waters reportedly changes concert video


(JTA) — Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters reportedly changed one of the videos he uses in his new "The Wall" tour after claims that it was anti-Semitic.

The ADL had slammed Waters last week for using what it said was anti-Semitic imagery during performances of "Goodbye Blue Sky," which targets Israel’s West Bank security fence.

An animated scene projects images of planes dropping bombs in the shape of Jewish Stars of David, dollar signs, a crucifix, a hammer and sickle, a crescent and star, a Mercedes sign and a Shell Oil sign.

The ADL had expressed concern that the juxtaposition of the Star of David and the dollar sign "could easily be misunderstood as a comment about Jews and money."

But in the Oct. 6 version of the show played at Madison Square Garden, a Mercedes symbol followed the Jewish stars instead of dollar signs, Rolling Stone magazine reported.

In a letter published last week in the British newspaper The Independent, Waters said that "there are no hidden meanings in the order or juxtaposition of these symbols. The point I am trying to make in the song is that the bombardment we are all subject to by conflicting religious, political and economic ideologies only encourages us to turn against one another, and I mourn the concomitant loss of life."

Abraham Foxman, the ADL’s national director, responded to Waters in an open letter.

"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," Foxman wrote. "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."

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