It’s been busy on Twitter for Robert F. Kennedy Jr, the nephew of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy and a Democratic candidate for president in 2024.
First Kennedy tweeted support for the musician Roger Waters, co-founder of the band Pink Floyd who is facing widespread criticism for dressing as an SS officer and for other Holocaust imagery at a recent Berlin concert.
“Roger You are the global hero Orwell had in mind when he said ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act’ The high priests of the totalitarian orthodoxies are trying to silence you with censorship, gas-lighting and defamation. Please keep speaking truth to power!” Kennedy wrote on May 27. (The Daily Caller has found that quote is not one of Orwell’s.)
Kennedy has since deleted that tweet, although screenshots remain on Twitter.
The following day, Kennedy posted a follow up on Twitter. “In my remarks about Roger Waters, I was referring to his dissent on Covid and the war in Ukraine,” the Democratic candidate posted. “I have only recently learned about some of his other views, which I do not share.” In another tweet, he added, “I support Israel’s right to exist within secure borders and I also support the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people.”
Kennedy, who has a reputation for opposing vaccines, deleted that tweet as well, although it too was captured in screenshots.
“Not good enough,” Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition, tweeted.
“This is the fawning tweet to racist and anti-Semite Roger Waters that Robert Kennedy Jr. has now deleted,” Arsen Ostrovsky, CEO of the International Legal Forum, tweeted. “But he also deleted his quasi non-apology as well. Don’t worry Robert, screenshots are forever and we will remember which side you took!”
Protester Rushes Stage
A protester holding up an Israeli flag rushed the stage during a Roger Waters recent concert in Frankfurt Video posted to social media shows a group in the audience at the Festhalle arena standing up with large Israeli flags on display at the end of a song performed by the former Pink Floyd bassist. They chant: “Am Yisrael Chai” (“the people of Israel lives”) while one of the demonstrators with an Israeli flag manages to evade security and reach the top level of the stage where the musicians were positioned.
#HERO! This brave man rushes the stage where antisemite Roger Waters was just playing in Frankfurt and waves Israeli flag. Meantime, you hear supporters chant “Am Yisrael Chai” (People of Israel live). ???????????? pic.twitter.com/xWfBGMNvMR
— Arsen Ostrovsky (@Ostrov_A) May 28, 2023
Waters is under criminal investigation by the Berlin police after wearing a Nazi-style uniform during the concert there on May 17.
The anti-Israel activist also likened the death of Anne Frank in the Nazis’ Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 to the accidental killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during a firefight with terrorists in Jenin in May 2022.
Frankfurt authorities had tried to prevent the concert from taking place, but Waters mounted a successful legal challenge and the event took place at the Festhalle, where more than 3,000 Jews were rounded up during the November 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms before being transported to Nazi concentration camps.
A memorial and protest were held ahead of the evening concert, featuring Jewish groups, politicians and civil society groups. The demonstrators read aloud the names of 600 Jews rounded up at Festhalle during Kristallnacht.
Uwe Becker, the state of Hesse’s representative for Jewish life and the fight against anti-Semitism, and a former mayor of Frankfurt, told Ynet ahead of the concert that Waters was “spreading anti-Semitism” by comparing Frank’s death to that of Abu Akleh.
“The city of Frankfurt and the state of Hesse in which Frankfurt is located went to court to thwart this concert, but the court decided that an artist’s concert is covered by freedom of art and speech,” he said.
“In my opinion, we see so much anti-Semitism, Israel-related anti-Semitism, that this should not happen,” Becker continued. “Anti-Semitism in this very brutal way of demoralizing and taking away the legitimization of the State of Israel, comparing Israel with the crimes of the Shoah.
“Bringing all those things together relativizes the crime of the Shoah in a way such that I think it should be under review to see if there are any crimes happening while he is performing,” Becker said.
“Anti-Semitism in my opinion is not art, it is a crime. Even if it is not totally fixed in our rules and in our laws, what we see here is disgusting.”