Roger Waters questions Hamas attack in Israel

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In an interview conducted by Glenn Greenwald, Roger Waters cast doubt on what happened on October 7 in Israel.

Roger Waters suggested that he was not prepared to rule out the possibility that Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7 could have been a ” false flag operation » during a recent interview with Glenn Greenwald.

During that conversation, Mr. Waters engaged in widespread speculation about the attack, in which Hamas militants killed more than 1,000 people, including many civilians, and took hundreds of hostages . For example, he said his first reaction to October 7 was “ Let’s wait and see what happened ”, and that his second had been “ How could the Israelis not have known this was going to happen? And I’m still a little in there. »

Moments later, he went so far as to raise the possibility of a false flag attack. “ What we do know is that whether this is a false flag operation or not, and whatever story we’re going to get (and we don’t know if we’ll ever get much of of the real story), is that it is still very difficult to say what really happened. »

Israeli authorities have promised to launch a thorough investigation into how the October 7 attack was carried out. As it stands, reports suggest that the attack was the result of a massive failure of Israeli intelligence, combined with a serious misjudgment of Hamas’s capabilities and intentions. “ This is what happens when you have a catastrophic systemic failure and military headquarters and other facilities are so close to the borderan anonymous Israeli intelligence official told Reuters last month. Washington Post. This is what happens when we forget that all lines of defense can be broken and have been broken historically. This is what happens when you underestimate your enemy. »

In the interview, the ex-Pink Floyd member said that under the Geneva Convention he was “ justified for (Hamas) to resist the occupation… they are absolutely legally and morally obligated to resist the occupation “. And while he was quick to condemn any war crimes committed on October 7, including the targeting of civilians, he also appeared to assert that the severity of the attack had been ” made disproportionate by Israelis who invented stories of baby beheading “. (This claim has never been officially verified. The Israeli government shared photos showing babies allegedly killed by Hamas, but none showed beheadings).

Roger Waters has always been a defender of the Palestinian cause, and some of his actions have led to him being accused of anti-Semitism. The musician has always rejected these accusations, mainly by arguing that anti-Zionism should not be confused with anti-Semitism and that it is a way of stifling legitimate criticism of Israel and its treatment of Palestinians. Mr. Greenwald questioned him about this, including the idea that he seems “ give more importance to the lives of Palestinians than to those of Israelis “. Mr. Waters called the allegations “ patent absurdities » : « This is the whole difference between my program and the Israeli government. I believe in equal human rights for all our brothers and sisters around the world, regardless of their ethnicity, religion or nationality. This is not the case with the Israeli government. For example, in this region, which we could call the Holy Land if we wanted, they consider that people of the Jewish religion have completely different rights than others. »


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