Investigation into alleged anti-Semitic provocations by Roger Waters at a concert in Berlin
The Israeli Foreign Ministry blamed Roger Waters for having “sullied the memory of Anne Frank and the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.” ANNA KURTH / AFP

In a dubious staging, the ex-Pink Floyd wore an outfit evoking an SS officer. And put on the same plane, the death of Anne Frank and that of Shireen Abu Akleh, a Palestinian journalist killed during an Israeli raid in May 2022.

German police said on Friday they had opened an investigation into alleged provocations at a recent concert by ex-Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, notably wearing an outfit evoking an SS officer.

“We are investigating suspicions of incitement to hatred because the clothes worn on stage are likely to glorify or justify the National Socialist regime and disturb the public peace”police spokesman Martin Halweg told AFP.

Images posted on social networks notably show Waters wearing a long black coat and red armbands during a concert which took place on May 17 on the stage of the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin.

Several German and Israeli media also evoke inscriptions in red letters on a screen during the concert of the names of Anne Frank and Shireen Abu Akleh, Palestinian-American star journalist of the Al Jazeera channel killed during an Israeli raid in May 2022 .

“We are investigating and once the procedure is completed, we will forward it to the public prosecutor for a final legal assessment”said the police spokesman, stressing that it would be up to the prosecution to initiate any proceedings.

The concert drew heavy criticism in Israel. The Israeli Foreign Ministry thus criticized Waters on Wednesday for having “sullied the memory of Anne Frank and the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.” ‘Waters wants to compare Israel to the Nazis’. He is “one of the greatest detractors of the Jews of our time”reacted on Twitter the Israeli ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

Waters, 79, has distinguished himself in recent years by taking a stand, particularly on the war in Ukraine. “It is not true that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked”had notably launched the ex-Pink Floyd on February 8 before the UN Security Council, where he had been invited by Russia to speak.

He also defends actions to boycott Israeli products in the name of defending the Palestinian cause. Frankfurt authorities canceled a concert by the British singer on May 28 but the decision was overturned by an administrative court in the name of freedom of expression. A protest demonstration against a new Roger Waters concert in Germany, Sunday in Frankfurt, is also planned at the call of the local Jewish community and the Greens party in particular.

By Editor

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