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Miami Teenagers Back Out of Performance with Roger Waters Amid Anti-Semitism Accusations

July 13, 2017

Twelve teenagers from a Miami Beach Parks program who were set to perform with Roger Waters during his show at American Airlines Arena have reportedly backed out amid accusations of anti-Semitism aimed at Waters. 

A report in the Miami Herald noted that the twelve teens were from Ayuda Miami's T.A.L.L. (Teens are Life Long Learners) Program and were invited by Waters to join him on stage but will no longer do so. "Miami Beach is a culturally diverse community and does not tolerate any form of hate," spokeswoman Melissa Berthier said in a statement. 

On Thursday, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation accused Waters of anti-Semitism, citing his anti-Israel views. The organization's website also reflected a similar message. "Mr. Waters, your vile messages of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and hatred are not welcome in our community," the message said. "Stop using your musical platform to spout venomous and hateful rhetoric, employing anti-Semitic symbols and anti-Israel language during your performances." 

Waters has long been the subject of anti-Semitism accusations, with the Herald noting a 2013 criticism from the Anti-Defamation League for his depiction of  "Jewish imagery" at his shows. The bassist responded by saying the imagery served as a criticism for policy, not religion. 

Waters plays in Miami tonight.