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As fans of Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters flock to his Winnipeg concert Sunday night at Bell MTS Place, his detractors will gather to watch a film that targets him for supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement.
B’nai Brith Canada is screening Wish You Weren’t Here, "a film that explores how support for the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions movement directly leads to instances of anti-Semitic harassment and discrimination, focusing specifically on BDS advocate Roger Waters," said a news release.
The BDS movement’s stated goals are "the end of Israel’s occupation and settler colonization of Palestinian land and the Golan Heights, full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and acknowledgement of the right of return of Palestinian refugees."
Wish You Weren’t Here — a play on the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album Wish You Were Here — is a documentary that aims to "refute Waters’ misguided and inflammatory views on Israel and provide a balanced perspective on BDS," B’nai Brith Canada said. It’s hosting screenings at theatres across the country to coincide with Waters’ Us + Them tour schedule. In Winnipeg, Wish You Weren’t Here is being shown Sunday, at 7 p.m., at Scotiabank Theatre on St. James Street. A question-and-answer session will follow, organizers said.
Meanwhile, the Canadian BDS Coalition says it will gather outside the theatre before the screening, "to show our solidarity for the outspoken support Roger Waters is showing for Palestinians, and in particular the BDS movement and to help theatre-goers, who may be interested, better understand what BDS is all about."
"We are there to let people know that there is nothing anti-Semitic about a peaceful, non-violent form of protest that targets corporations that are profiting from illegal activities in the occupied territories of Israel-Palestine," a spokesman for the Winnipeg coalition said. Group members will move on to Bell MTS Place to hand out flyers with information about the BDS movement before Waters, 74, performs, he said.