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April 4, 2013

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters pulls out of New York Y event

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Roger Waters in Barcelona (2011). Photo by Alterna2/Wikipedia

Roger Waters in Barcelona (2011). Photo by Alterna2/Wikipedia

Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who supports a boycott of Israel, pulled out of a speaking engagement at the 92nd Street Y in New York.

“We heard from Roger Waters that he is unable to appear at the event scheduled for April 30,” a statement from the Jewish cultural institution on the Upper East Side of Manhattan said Thursday. “We will be issuing refunds to all ticket-holders.”

A Y spokeswoman told JTA that she had no other information on why Waters would not appear as scheduled.

Waters, the creative force behind the iconic band, is a vocal supporter of the Palestinians and has endorsed the boycott, sanctions and divestment campaign against Israel.

In an interview last month with Electronic Intifada, a pro-Palestinian outlet, Waters speculated that the U.S. media was “under instructions from somewhere not to report [criticism of Israel] to the American public, on what grounds I cannot guess."

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