No Room at the Inn for Roger Waters

The rocker’s Buenos Aires and Montevideo hotel rooms were canceled because he opposes genocide in Gaza, so he must fly in from Brazil each night for his concerts, he told Pagina/12.

Billboard in Buenos Aires for Roger Waters concert sold-out in mid-May this year. (Joe Lauria)

Republished with permission from the Argentine daily Pagina/12.

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By Eduardo Fabregat

“I’m furious,” says Roger Waters. And he shows it. The musician should be in Buenos Aires – where he will perform on Tuesday the 21st and Wednesday the 22nd, in River Plate, but no. He could be in Montevideo, but not there either.

Last Friday, Página/12 made the situation known, when the same musician reported that they had canceled his reservation at the Faena Hotel, and that a subsequent reservation at the Alvear (both in Buenos Aires) had fallen through a few hours after being accepted.

But the situation escalated, as he explains in this exclusive interview. “The city of Montevideo has been closed to me, I have nowhere to stop. I have to fly there directly on the day of the show, Friday the 17th. And I had a dinner date on the 16th with José Mujica, the former president of Uruguay. … He’s a friend of mine. And I can’t go, I can’t have my dinner with Mujica because the Israel lobby and whatever they call themselves have canceled me .”

The bassist and singer refers to the email that the Sofitel Hotel in Montevideo received (see below), in which Roby Schindler, president of the Central Israelite Committee of Uruguay, wrote: “Maybe you don’t know, and I don’t blame you for that, that Roger Waters is a misogynist, xenophobe and anti-Semite, who takes advantage of his fame as an artist to lie and vomit his hatred towards Israel and all Jews,” and affirms that, “By receiving him, you will be, even if you don’t want it, a propagator of the hatred that this man exudes and will be contributing to increasing Judeophobia.”

Where are you now?

I am in São Paulo, (Brazil) happily in a beautiful hotel, the Rosemary. We were supposed to leave the day before yesterday, but we took another five days; We were supposed to be in Buenos Aires today, but we can’t go there either so we’ll stay here.

So in Brazil the same thing did not happen as in Uruguay and Argentina…

The people here are loving, we did two sold out shows in São Paulo that had fantastic reviews, everyone loved the show, we loved it, they were among the best shows we did, the audience had a great time. And somehow these idiots from the Israeli lobby managed to co-opt all the hotels in Buenos Aires and Montevideo and organized this extraordinary boycott based on malicious lies they have been telling about me.

I know this well, I see that this Roby Schindler calls me a “misogynist” as the least of the crimes I am supposed to have committed. And do you know where that comes from? From Polly Samson, the wife of David Gilmour (Pink Floyd guitarist with whom Waters has a historic dispute): she is the only person who has ever accused me of being a misogynist. And they took that and put it in my general description, as a Nazi, and a Jew hater, and all the rest of the absolute nonsense they say about me, dirty lies.


This is Not a Drill Roger Waters concert in Washington DC, Aug. 2022. (Joe Lauria)

Your This is Not A Drill tour had already been questioned, but for an absurd misinterpretation of the character Pink from The Wall. Has this changed since the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7 in Israel and everything that came after?

They do it because I believe in human rights, and I speak openly about the genocide of the Palestinian people. And I’m going to continue doing it. Because genocide is being committed right now, every day in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank and all the occupied territories. And it has to stop.

The time has come for all of us around the world, all the brothers and sisters to say enough is enough. No more. Israel cannot be allowed to continue with this disgusting genocidal rampage. And these people, the Roby Schindlers of this world, try to silence me because I believe in human rights and they don’t.

They are a colonial society that stops nothing, not even mass murder, from proclaiming its supremacy over other peoples and other religions. The people of the world have to stop them. As human beings it is an absolute moral duty to confront them. And you can write this: it makes me laugh, it would be really very funny if it weren’t so vile, so disgusting and stupid.

Did they give you any other explanation at the hotels?

No, they just “don’t have a room.” And I understand that in Montevideo they have been in all the newspapers for weeks telling people not to buy tickets for the show. And you know how it is: when you keep telling lies all the time and you do it at high volume, I got people to say “um, maybe it’s true, maybe I’m not going to the show.” The last time I was in Montevideo, five years ago, they gave me the keys to the city!

But now they changed the lock!

I was standing there with a medal around my neck, listening to them say that I was a wonderful person, what a great defender of human rights, and what a wonderful musician, thank you for these 60 years of great music and blah, blah, blah … and now I’m not! They won’t let me stay in a hotel in the city! It’s crazy, obviously.

Requests for a ceasefire have multiplied. What is missing in the international community?

We have to stay united. Why deny the genocide, the bombing of Gaza, the death of 4,000 children and babies?Children are dying in Gaza because they do not have oxygen in their incubators. It breaks my heart every second that this continues. Everyone must stand up and say “Israel, no more. Stop right now. You are behaving like animals, you are the monsters in this story, you are the terrorists.”

We look to the future and hope that there will be a democracy, a state in which everyone is equal before the law for everyone, without distinction of religion or nationality. There can be no more masters and slaves on the sacred land. That is the reason why the Israeli lobby has been trying to destroy me, for 17 years now. And so far they have failed, and they will continue to fail.

Because I will continue to stand on the platform of universal human rights, for all brothers and sisters, throughout the world, not just on the sacred land. But that is not their platform, they are a colonial society that believes that they are better than their neighbors and that they can do whatever they want with them.

Well, we, the people of the world, are not going to allow it. This did not start on October 7, this started even long before 1948, but the critical day was when the nakba began , and it has been happening ever since and that is enough! 

Now they have reached this extremism of their colonial behavior, and now they commit genocide despite what leaders of the United States and the European community are saying, and the power of will of the people of the United States and the people of Europe, and of course the global south, which supports the Palestinian cause.

Roger Waters performing in Raleigh, NC, August 2022. (Joe Lauria)

A couple of weeks ago you could see a massive march of Jews in New York.

In the West we have governments that point out that what is happening is against the will of their people, it was demonstrated by the hundreds and hundreds of thousands of citizens in the streets, almost every day. Jews demonstrating, saying,“Not in our name”! Because Judaism is a good religion, that cares about its brothers and sisters, that loves people.

This is an aberration, which is supported by propaganda every minute of every day that the Israeli people have received since 1948. We cannot blame them, they were inoculated with this poison, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for 75 years. It’s no surprise then that they behave so horribly. But we have to help them. And keep doing it despite this moron Roby Schindler and the dirty lies of him.

But you know that your opposition to the State of Israel unleashed accusations of anti-Semitism.

I said it in an interview a couple of weeks ago: only one person in the world knows if Roger Waters is an anti-Semite or not. And that person is Roger Waters. I know very well what I feel in my heart, and I have not had a single anti-Semitic thought in my entire life.

What I condemn is what the Israeli government does, and I will continue to condemn it because it is wrong,and it was wrong from the beginning. Well, time’s up: Stop the genocide now! The easiest thing is to point me out as an anti-Semite, and it’s because they don’t have a moral compass, they can’t have a solid argument from the Israeli side of the issue.

They are committing murder, they are committing genocide, they are oppressing another people. It is an ethnic cleansing that they have been carrying out for 75 years, since day one of the nakba. They have killed hundreds and hundreds of people, they have committed atrocities, massacres that have been happening since then. No more.

But lock me up, send me to sleep in the stable? It’s so stupid! It’s crazy that people in Argentina accept this nonsense about the Faena and the Four Seasons, and what the other hotels are called. It’s stupid. They should think a little more and behave like adults!

In this context, can we talk something about music? Is this really the last tour?

Probably not! The “last tour” thing is more of an inside joke in the industry, who knows. I continue writing, composing, I am working on my next album, in the hotel rooms I am writing things, putting together songs and presenting some fragments in the show. I haven’t stopped working, and I probably won’t stop.

If I will continue doing these kinds of shows, I have no idea, only time will tell. Because I am very excited about the shows in Buenos Aires, my last shows there are a legend, nine concerts in River Plate.

I’m not bragging, I’m just saying that it’s important, and that these concerts are surrounded by the Israeli lobby makes me furious. It’s bringing the attention away from This is not a Drill, and the music I’ve been making for 60 years.Using it in a way that seeks to sustain the Israeli regime and the atrocious treatment of the native peoples, the Palestinians, takes the focus off of these shows, which will be great, because the BA audience is fantastic, I’ve experienced it before , and you will love this show.

But don’t you think that the content of the show also multiplied the criticism?

-This is a very political show, very frontal. They have tried to cancel it through Germany and England and have failed. But when you go to see it you’re going to say, “But why are they trying to cancel it?” Oh , because I mention Anne Frank and Shireen Abu Akleh in the same song. Well, they were both murdered by ruthless regimes, that’s why they’re in the same song. In both cases it is a State committing a crime, be it Anne Frank or Shireen Abu Akleh.

They cannot cancel the show of a person who points out these crimes because he does it in the same song. In the show I also mention Sophie Scholl (activist of the White Rose movement, guillotined by the Nazis in 1943), who during our stop in Munich on the tour my wife and I went to leave white roses at the grave her. If you don’t know her story, look it up, educate yourselves.

Is there anything you want to add?

I’m running out of breath, I’ve said everything I could say… I hope in the future our lives will intersect to talk in more depth about music. But right now I’m in the middle of a war. And it is not the war against me that matters to me, but the carnage of brothers and sisters in Gaza. That’s what’s important to talk about today. Not the feelings of the Israel lobby: they deserve our contempt. And yes, I am deeply angry, this is crazy and an absurd joke, but we have to do something about it.

Sofitel Montevideo Casino. (

Roby Schindler’s Message to Hotels:

In an email titled “Lodging to Roger Waters” and sent to the general manager of Sofitel Montevideo, Roby Schindler, President of the Central Israelite Committee of Uruguay, sent the following message, which had the desired effect:

“It has emerged that due to the refusal to receive Roger Waters in other hotels, Sofitel Montevideo will accommodate him. Perhaps you do not know, and I do not blame you for that, that Roger Waters is a misogynist, xenophobe and anti-Semite, who takes advantageof his fame as an artist to lie and spew his hatred towards Israel and all Jews.

Hate speech often has worse consequences for humanity than weapons. By receiving him, you will be, even if you don’t want it, a propagator of the hatred that this man exudes and you will be contributing to increasing Judeophobia (that is, hatred towards Jews) in our country. You wouldn’t want to be in his shoes and have to carry the stigma of hosting one of the biggest hate speech spewers on the planet.


Roby Schindler

President of the Israelite Central Committee of Uruguay.”

Together For Change Doesn’t Want Waters Either

The “Waters case” also deserved attention in [the Argentine] Congress. In a draft declaration presented by the legislator of Together for Change, Sabrina Ajmechet, and accompanied by Alejandro Finocchiaro, Karina Banfi, Ana Clara Romero, José Luis Espert, Rubén Manzi, Marilú Quiróz and María Sotolano, the chamber is called to express “its deep repudiation of the singer’s presence in our country.”

The legislators’ presentation alludes to statements made a couple of weeks ago by the artist, when in an interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald he noted: “How the hell did the Israelis not know that this was going to happen?

I mean, didn’t the Israeli Army in those 11, 10 or 11 fields hear the explosions when they happened? Whatever they had to fly to cross the border? There is something very suspicious about that.” In the same interview, the musician noted that “The thing was blown out of proportion by the Israelis inventing stories about beheading babies.”

“Opinions such as those expressed by Waters seek to question the actions of the State of Israel in the exercise of the right to self-defense, being deeply anti-Semitic using anti-Zionism as a mask,” states the deputies’ project.

20 comments for “No Room at the Inn for Roger Waters

  1. November 20, 2023 at 17:10

    Is there a benign antithesis to purported antisemitism? Shouldn’t actions such as those described in this article be as illegal, and considered as immoral, unethical and illegal as antisemitism itself, at least in a world bound by the guarantees in the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and related domestic legislation protecting human rights, due process and equal protection under law?

  2. Chris N
    November 20, 2023 at 16:19

    Waters is a good man

  3. vinnieoh
    November 20, 2023 at 16:18

    Note the curious placement of that last paragraph. Very like the standard practice of the AP, to put that which is to be remembered at the end.

    “”…,” states the deputies project.”

    Is it cya for writing from Argentina?

  4. Che Che Gonzalez
    November 20, 2023 at 14:10

    I’m of an age where a traveling rock-n-roll band might be staying at the campsite next to you. Who need hotel rooms?

    Its funny how when you accept that you don’t need such things, then the ability of the elites to use them to control you disappears with your ‘need.’ Revolutionaries tend to live simple lives, and see the value in doing so.

    OK, I know Roger has the money that he doesn’t need to sleep in a field and can afford to fly in via jet for each show. But still, if you are willing to sleep in a field at some place like Yazgur’s Farm, then all sorts of amazing things can happen that usually alarm the sorts of elites who ban people from hotels. When you find the strings that control you, its a good idea to go snip, snip, snip.

  5. LeoSun
    November 20, 2023 at 13:39

    ….”preacher man, don’t tell me, heaven is under the earth. I know you don’t know, what life is really worth. It’s not all that glitters is gold. Half the story has never been told. And, now you see the light. You stand up for your rights!” Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, The Wailers.

    “For 17 Years, the Israeli lobby has been trying to destroy me.” Roger Waters

    “No, they just “don’t have a room.” [Anywhere] “They won’t let me stay in a hotel, in the city!” “The last time I was in Montevideo, five years ago, they gave me the keys to the city! But, now, they changed the lock.” Roger Waters

    Concluding, “The key that opens is also the key that locks.” Fugg ‘Em!!!

    And, “Never Say Die,” “We were supposed to leave the day before yesterday, but we took another five days. We were supposed to be in Buenos Aires today; but, we can’t go there either; so, we’ll stay here.” (The Rosemary, São Paulo, Brazil).

    IMO, the “leaders” of the U.S., IMO., the Divided $tates of Corporate America, is a political corpse, posing as POTUS masquerading as human; manufacturing fascism, masquerading it as democracy. Their infected eyeballs & dirty, grubby, bloody paws, creeping into in every nook & cranny of plant, animal, & human life. It’s universal.

    POTUS said, in April, 2021, “Everybody, knows, my commitment to Israel is engraved in the rock!”

    Consequently, “We are Here! @ Benyamin “Bibi’s” Netanyahu’s war aka social murder. After Eleven Thousand, 11K. 11,000+ deaths, the U.S., POTUS’ ask, “Pause.” I$rael’s NOT hitting “PAUSE.” This is war. Everybody, knows, the goal!

    Neither Israel or the U.S., is @ “Paz en La Tierra.” Au contraire……..

    Just like in Ukraine, “He who ties the bell around the tiger, needs to untie it.”

    Concluding, IMO, the I$raeli Lobby’s got POTUS by the gonads. ”You can fool da people sometimes; but, you can’t fool all da people, all da time. And, now [we] see the light! [We] Stand-Up for [Our] Rights! Jah. Yah.” KEEP IT LIT!

  6. RWilson
    November 19, 2023 at 21:18

    This incident illustrates the far-flung reach of the Zionist censorship octopus. Fortunately it has not yet achieved total totalitarian control, although it is striving mightily to achieve it.

    • Captain Smith
      November 20, 2023 at 14:45

      They look more like the Titanic after it struck the iceberg. They do still have a loud band playing on the stern as it rises up out of the sea. But I wouldn’t bet on a second set.

      Committing ethnic cleansing on world wide video in a communications age is not a sound path towards long-term prosperity. Perhaps it might have worked back when the Cheney’s and CNN created reality, but CNN’s ratings have plummeted and the information world is definitely multi-polar.

      • will moon
        November 20, 2023 at 18:21

        “the information world is definitely multi-polar”

        I am taking this as an extremely profound observation. That means I will probably repeat it where ever I go, amongst other things.

        Thanks Captain Smith

        This was enjoyable read, Mr Waters expresses himself eloquently, which is no suprise when one considers some of the lyrics his songs contain.

        A weary, needy traveller was picked up by a friendly motorboat by the banks of Loch Lomond and was given sustenance and a lift to the top of the loch. After several rounds of Scotch Mist and the toasting of good health, the sun when down and the three of us, strangers no more, sailed on into the darkness. It was just then that the boat owner put the track “Shine on you Crazy Diamond” at an incredibly loud volume, all-encompassing in fact, I could not hear myself think. The Scotch Mist was intoxicating as was the music and they and the Moon, the silent water and those dark hills took me to a unique place – never to be repeated.

        Mr Waters, do you remember when you were young? You shone like the Sun and you still do now you are old

        The morning sun is bright and clear but the evening sun penetrates darkness deeper

    • Ravioliollie Kaye
      November 20, 2023 at 15:06

      Kudos to Roger Waters. The west’s media being fed by the corporations have the Goebbels process down to a tee. “Lies told often enough soon become the truth”. Kepp fightinh thr fight Roger!!!

  7. Robyn
    November 19, 2023 at 20:40

    A report from RT today:

    Argentina’s libertarian presidential candidate Javier Milei, a prominent supporter of Israel, has outlined his intention to convert to Judaism, though he also acknowledged that any move to do so would likely have to wait until his political career is over.

    • Che Che Gonzales
      November 20, 2023 at 14:20

      The people of Argentina should do what they can to speed up that day.

      It might actually happen. The Argentinians are usually less submissive than, for instance, the Americans. (who are also the answer to the Jeopardy question of ‘nationalities that begin with the letter ‘A’.) Getting the two confused can turn out to be dangerous to a politician’s health. They call this guy the Argentinian Trump, but just because Trump could get away with something in America, that does not mean that it is safe to try the same in Argentina. In Argentina, they have more experience at removing dictators than Americans, although the Americans are still even less submissive that the ‘never-ever-revolt’ Australians.

  8. November 19, 2023 at 15:43

    Roby Schindler sounds like a disgusting human being. I have to puke at the way he tries to come across as reasonable and nonjudgmental and understanding:

    “Perhaps you do not know, and I do not blame you for that …”

    “You wouldn’t want to be in his shoes and have to carry the stigma …”

    “By receiving him, you will be, even if you don’t want it, a propagator of the hatred that this man exudes …”

    Oh BARF!

    “Hate speech often has worse consequences for humanity than weapons.” I think that is very true. But WHO IS IT who is actually guilty of hate speech??? Or just plain hate???

    • Che Che Gonzales
      November 20, 2023 at 14:30

      Seems like this Schlinder also has a list. But not with any good intentions behind it.

      To anyone who wants to learn about Roger Waters, he is a poet who has been publishing for 60 years. You can find several full versions of his concert shows up on Youtub. So, anyone can go spend several hours of an entertaining evening with Roger Waters and his poetry.

      In a famous Waters poem, “Wish You Were Here”, Roger works on the phrase ‘so you think you can tell?’

      So, do you think you can tell, the difference between an anti-Semite who takes a machine gun into a synagogue with the aim of mass murder, and a poet who has for decades taken the side of the oppressed against the powerful? Do you think you can tell?

      This modern Schindler, with his lead role in a cage, can’t tell.

  9. Rudy Haugeneder
    November 19, 2023 at 13:23

    Elections in Argentina today. Wonder if the outcome will change the way Waters is treated?

    • Valerie
      November 19, 2023 at 20:12

      “Javier Milei, a volatile far-right libertarian who has vowed to “exterminate” inflation and take a chainsaw to the state, has been elected president of Argentina, catapulting South America’s number two economy into an unpredictable and potentially turbulent future.

      With nearly 90% of votes counted, the Mick Jagger impersonating TV celebrity-turned politician, who is often compared to Donald Trump, had secured nearly 56% of the vote compared to Massa’s 44.1%.”

      Time will tell. He sounds a bit like zelensky with his “TV celebrity-turned “politician”. Same as donald dump/ronald reagan/arnold scharzenegger. But i suppose to be a politician you have to be an actor.

  10. Jimm
    November 19, 2023 at 11:06

    Roger Waters’s defenders within the music / entertainment industry are few and far between, very sad. They take their coins and bury their heads in the sand. Such is the effectiveness of the Zionist forces always ready to bludgeon any compatriots. Roger’s spirit and tenacity is inspiring.

  11. Jim
    November 19, 2023 at 10:03

    Thank you CN!! Thank you Roger!!!

    • Valerie
      November 19, 2023 at 17:35

      I guess Mr. Waters is now on Roby Schindler’s “list”.

  12. Dfnslblty
    November 19, 2023 at 09:35


    Wonderful that artists can speak against psychopaths!

    Shameful that nations and corporations buy into the lies and fears of an insane government.


    Protest Loudly! and musically!

  13. Piotr Berman
    November 19, 2023 at 09:14

    BTW, were all anti-Waters legislators from “Together for change”? Is madness “bipartisan” in Argentine political class, like in EUAN (Estados Unidos de América del Norte)?

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