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Tear down the wall!
That was the lyrical message in 1979 from British rock band Pink Floyd, and it’s now the mantra of the group’s co-founder Roger Waters, who is looking to demolish the concrete barrier in Israel.
Waters, who has since left the band, is launching “the Writings on the Wall” campaign with his famous line “we don’t need no thought control” scribbled under his signature on an eight-foot replica of the fence.
Roger Waters campaigning to tear down Israeli wall
“The poverty inflicted by the wall has been devastating for Palestinians,” said Waters. “It has kept children from their schools, the sick from proper medical care and continues to destroy the Palestinian economy.”
Waters is the first of a handful of British celebrities to sign up for the campaign, which is sponsored by the London-based anti-poverty group War on Want.
For those outside Great Britain, a virtual wall will soon be active online where the public can “paint” their own messages.
As WorldNetDaily reported last month, the wall is being credited for a huge drop in terrorism in Israel.
At this time last year, there were 20 suicide bombings killing 141, while 2002 saw 25 such attacks in which 147 Israelis were killed. So far this year, there have been only two bombings in Israel proper, killing 19.
Israel says its tactics clearly are working and that life in the Jewish state may gradually be restored to the way it was before the violence started in 2000. The security fence completed in Gaza and the one being constructed in the West Bank are credited with keeping suicide bombers out, and raids in Palestinian areas and targeted killings of top terrorist commanders seem to be putting Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades on the run and unable to orchestrate attacks.
With 23 million copies sold, the original “Wall” concept album from 1979 is the third best-selling album of all time, surpassed only by the Eagles’ “Greatest Hits 1971-75,” and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
In July 1990, to commemorate the demolition of the Berlin Wall, Waters staged a massive live performance of “The Wall” in Berlin, featuring artists such as Cyndi Lauper, the Scorpions, Thomas Dolby, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, and Bryan Adams.