Legendary Pink Floyd co-founder and singer Roger Waters was recently denied reservations at hotels in Argentina and Uruguay over allegations of antisemitism. He is widely known for harboring pro-Palestinian views and has been outspoken about the Israel-Hamas war.
Waters is currently on his “This is Not a Drill” tour and had reservations in the Argentinian capital of Buenos Aires for shows later this month. Local media reported the scheduled stays fell through, citing a lack of availability.
Then hotels in Montevideo, across the border in Uruguay, refused to host Waters without giving a reason.
Because of the refusal to provide accommodations, the singer said he remains in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Waters told reporters that he had a dinner engagement with Jose Mijuca, Uruguay’s former president and friend. “And I can’t go … because the Israeli lobby and whatever they call themselves have canceled me.”
Hamas terrorists brutally attacked southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing over 1,400 citizens and kidnapping over 240.
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In response, Waters drew sharp criticism for claiming the Palestinian organization is “morally bound to resist occupation.” He went on to accuse Israel of “making up stories” about what happened that day despite widespread video evidence of Hamas atrocities.
According to Pagina 12, a letter from the president of the Central Israelite Committee of Uruguay resulted in the Sofitel hotel refusing to host the rock legend.
Roby Schindler told management that Waters “takes advantage of his fame as an artist to lie and spew his hatred toward Israel and all Jews. By receiving him, you will be, even if you don’t want to, propagating the hatred that this man exudes.”
The 80-year-old Waters has been roundly criticized for several years over allegations of antisemitism.
The U.K. government chastised him earlier this year for statements he made, and the U.S. State Department also chimed in. Officials accused the former Pink Floyd singer of having “a long track record of using antisemitic tropes to denigrate Jewish people.”
Waters denies the allegations, telling reporters that he is targeted “because I believe in human rights, and I speak openly about the genocide of the Palestinian people.”