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Pink Floyd's Roger Waters to speak at Vancouver human rights forum

Stuart Derdeyn

Roger Waters performs at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday October 16, 2017. (Allen McInnis/Postmedia Network)

Roger Waters performs at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday October 16, 2017. (Allen McInnis/Postmedia Network)

Roger Waters: Live For Palestine

Oct. 26, 7 p.m. | St. Andrew's Wesley, 1022 Nelson St.

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Pink Floyd co-founder and songwriter Rogers Waters discusses his evolution into a Palestinian rights activist in a conversation with Martha Roth of Independent Jewish Voices Canada at a human rights event at St. Andrews Wesley Church on Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.

Since founding Pink Floyd in 1965, Waters has gained international acclaim for his prescient and concise lyrical analysis of the individual and society. His recent US + Them tour which has two stops at Rogers Arena on Oct. 28 and 29 (ticketmaster.ca), is receiving rave reviews for its targeted criticism of contemporary American politics, global corporatism and more.

Waters latest solo release on Columbia Records is titled Is This the Life We Really Want?

Since 2006, Water has been a vocal supporter of the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement directed at putting pressure on Israel to resolve Israeli-Palestinian political relations.

The BDS movement is controversial and has been widely disparaged by many organizations such as B'nai Brith and Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.

Both the BDS movement and Waters himself have been accused of being anti-semitic.

B'nai Brith is hosting screenings of a documentary titled Wish You Weren't Here, by Canadian celebrity author Ian Halperin (The Final Years of Michael Jackson). The Vancouver event is on Oct. 29. BDS supporters allege that the film targeting Waters is part of a smear campaign to discredit the movement. Director Halperin is on record stating he believes Waters is "perpetrating hatred towards the state of Israel and the Jewish people."

Waters' opinions and experiences around the allegations being made will be covered in the interview at St. Andrews Wesley.

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