Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters says he was misinterpreted last week in a Huffington Post Live interview when he said he was "reconsidering the publishing of a letter to my fellow musicians about a cultural boycott of Israel." Now he wishes to "clear the somewhat muddied waters."
Many websites around the world, including Ynet, reported that Waters was rethinking his call for a boycott after he told Huffington Post, "I am considering my position. The letter asking my fellow musicians to boycott Israel has never appeared. I am thinking all of this through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment."
In a note published on his Facebook page on Friday, Waters clarified: "This was misinterpreted by some as meaning I was reconsidering my position on the Israel/Palestine issue, and more alarmingly that I had made an about face on this issue; not so. My position remains the same."
He went on to apologize for the misrepresentations causing "some distress, particularly to my many friends.
"I am still considering the full text of a letter to my fellow musicians," he said. "But for those of you who haven’t the patience to wait for me to consider the text, feeling somewhat caught between the rock of concern for my friends and the hard place of misrepresentation, here are the bare bones of any final version:
"To my fellow musicians: Please join me in a cultural boycott of Israel until such time as the Israeli government ceases its illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and reverses its Illegal program of settlement building, both of which, it is widely agreed, constitute insurmountable impediments to any peaceful solution for either the Palestinian or the Israeli people.
"Peace for them both is our goal. Not to talk is not an option," he concluded.