Drawing a parallel between the government of Israel and the Nazis is generating a vigorous negative response from lots of quarters. The Pink Floyd veteran defends his position by contending in a US online magazine piece titled Counter Punch, in which he says, 'There were many people that pretended that the oppression of the Jews was not going on. From 1933 until 1946. So this is not a new scenario. Except this time it's the Palestinian people being murdered.' Suggesting that the sporadic episodes of violence toward Palestinians by Israel compares to the systematic mass murder the Nazis engaged in has outraged many, including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who penned a New York Observer opinion piece he titled The Anti-Semitic Stench of Pink Floyd. In it, he wrote, '...Mr. Waters. the Nazis were a genocidal regime that murdered six million Jews. That you would have the audacity to compare Jews to monsters who murdered them shows you have no decency, you have no heart, you have no soul.' Waters declined to respond to the smack down, other than to say 'I do not know Rabbi Boteach, and am not prepared to get into a slanging match with him.'
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