Disturbed's David Draiman Slams Roger Waters For Israel Boycott
Disturbed singer David Draiman has slammed Roger Waters and other artists, calling them "Nazi comrades," for their campaign to boycott performing in Israel as a way to pressure the Jewish nation over the ongoing occupation of Palestinian lands and other issues.
Asked by the Bring Disturbed To Israel Facebook page for his view on the Israel boycott by certain artists, Draiman said "Regardless of whether it's Israel or anywhere else, boycotting an entire society and an entire people based on the actions of its government is absolutely ridiculous . . . There's a special hatred that exists for the Jewish people in this world, and it unfortunately can't be explained."
Draiman continued, "The very notion that Waters and the rest of his Nazi comrades decide that this is the way to go ahead and foster change is absolute lunacy and idiocy -- absolute. It makes no sense whatsoever." The singer added, "You wanna be able to bring people together? You wanna effect social change on a real level? Bring them together for a concert. It's the perfect way."
Waters and other artists have been vocal in their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of Palestinian land, grant Arab citizens equal rights and recognize the right of return to Palestinian refugees.
Disturbed will perform in Israel for the first time on July 2nd. Although Draiman has visited the country many times, this will be the first Disturbed concert in the Jewish state.