NJA Condemns Antisemitic Performances by Roger Waters, Yusuf Islam, and Lowkey

The National Jewish Assembly (NJA) vehemently condemns the decision by St Pancras Church to host a concert featuring Roger Waters, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and Lowkey. This event, organised by Double Down News and titled “Rock for Palestine,” took place on June 21.

Roger Waters’ shows have featured profoundly antisemitic imagery, including a pig-shaped balloon adorned with the Star of David and various corporate logos, and the projection of Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s name onto a screen, which he calously misappropriated for his naive pro-Palestine advocacy. Waters has on numerous occasions called for the dismantling of Israel and has told Jews to “go back to Eastern Europe, or the United States, or where you came from.”

Yusuf Islam and Lowkey, both known for their anti-Israel rhetoric, joined Waters on stage. Lowkey has previously described the state of Israel as a “racist endeavor” and declared “nothing is more antisemitic than Zionism.” Yusuf Islam has previously donated funds to Hamas, and called for the execution of Salman Rushdie.

This concert, under the guise of fundraising for Gaza, is nothing more than an anti-Israel hate fest that plays directly into the hands of Hamas propaganda. By providing a platform for these known antisemites, St Pancras Church is endorsing a narrative that delegitimises the state of Israel and incites hatred against Jews.

NJA Chairman Gary Mond stated, “It is utterly disgraceful that St Pancras Church has chosen to proceed with this concert, despite recognising the offense it causes to the Jewish community. Allowing known Jew-haters to perform under the guise of promoting peace and justice is a mockery of those very concepts. This decision opens the door to antisemitism within the Church of England, and we must stand united against such bigotry.”

The NJA praises the courageous protests who took a stand outside the church on Friday to object to this anti-Israel hatefest.

The NJA urges all members of the Jewish community and allies to continue voicing their objections to this event and to stand firm against antisemitism in all its forms.

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