(PatriotWise.com) — Protestors waving Israeli flags stormed the stage in Frankfurt at a concert by Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters. Others in the audience waved the flag of the Jewish state and sang Am Israel Chai (the people of Israel live). The Jewish Defense Network posted videos of the incident on social media. Police in Germany are already investigating the controversial musician following a concert in Berlin where he arrived on stage wearing what looked like Nazi apparel.
Waters wore a long black coat with red armbands and hammers fashioned into a large X. He was wearing a black suit and tie and carrying a replica machine gun. Authorities in the city are investigating him for possible incitement.
Police in Berlin issued a statement that read, “The context of the clothing worn is deemed capable of approving, glorifying or justifying the violent and arbitrary rule of the Nazi regime in a manner that violates the dignity of the victims and thereby disrupts public peace.”
The musician denies antisemitism and said the black coat was a reference to a character in the Pink Floyd film The Wall from 1979. The fictional character overdoses on drugs and imagines he is a fascist dictator and the audience are his supporters.
Regardless of Waters’ reasoning, Jewish organizations and media responded with fury – particularly when he appeared to belittle the iconic Anne Frank in the German capital. The Jerusalem Post reports that signs on a large screen at the Mercedes-Benz arena compared Anne Frank to Abu Akleh, a man apparently killed in a shoot-out with Israeli troops. Akleh’s name was listed immediately prior to Anne Frank’s, sparking outrage. The Israel Foreign Ministry tweeted, “Good morning to everyone but Roger Waters who spent the evening in Berlin (Yes Berlin) desecrating the memory of Anne Frank and the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.”
Waters maintains that he is not antisemitic and that his costume and display were a “scathing critique of the Nazis.”
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