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Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates | Roger Waters via The New York Times

by Roger Waters

Roger Waters of the rock band Pink Floyd spray paints "No Thought Control" on a wall.

Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters spray paints “No Thought Control,” a phrase from the famous song “Another Brick in The Wall” his band sings. Photo from the “Catbird Seat” site, holding the credo: “We are committed to exposing the Zionist Lobbies control of American policy for the Middle East.” “Another Brick in the Wall” is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera, The Wall, subtitled Part 1 (“Reminiscing”), Part 2 (“Education”), and Part 3 (“Drugs”). All parts were written by Waters. The single, as well as the album The Wall, were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education under the apartheid regime.

Members of Congress are currently considering a bill that threatens to silence the growing support for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian freedom and human rights, known as B.D.S. This draconian bill, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, threatens individuals and businesses who actively participate in boycott campaigns in support of Palestinian rights conducted by international governmental organizations with up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

By endorsing this McCarthyite bill, senators would take away Americans’ First Amendment rights in order to protect Israel from nonviolent pressure to end its 50-year-old occupation of Palestinian territory and other abuses of Palestinian rights.

The American Civil Liberties Union has condemned the bill, which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is lobbying for, as a threat to the constitutional right to free speech.

Read the whole op-ed here: Roger Waters: Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates – The New York Times

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