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Roger Waters indirectly blames Israel for the death of George Floyd


A controversial new interview with Pink Floyd founding member Roger Waters sees the musician discuss the death of George Floyd, Donald Trump and USA’s relationship with Israel.

Waters, a heavy and outspoken critic of the Israeli government, has suggested that Israel can be traced back and indirectly linked to the death of unarmed African American man George Floyd.

Floyd, a black man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.

Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.

The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Reflecting on the incident, Waters has suggested that technique used by the police officers has links to Israel: “The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week was done with a technique invented by the IDF, by the occupation forces,” Waters said in an interview with Memri TV. “The Israelis invested [the technique of] ‘let’s kill people by kneeling on their necks and cutting off the blood supply of the carotid artery to the brain.’ that is an Israeli technique, taught to the militarized police forces of the U.S.A. by Israeli experts, who the Americans have been flying over to the United States, to teach them how to murder the blacks because they have seen how efficient the Israelis have been at murdering Palestinians in the occupied territories by using those techniques.”

Waters added: “And they are proud of it. They are proud of it. The Israelis are proud of it. They go: ‘Look how good we are at this, you can learn…'”

The former Pink Floyd man concluded: “Zionism is an ugly stain, and it needs to be gently removed by us.”

See the full interview, here.