Rockers Pink Floyd have staged a reunion to blast Israeli authorities for the arrest of a group of female activists.
Roger Waters last teamed up with David Gilmour and Nick Mason for a one-off performance at the Live 8 charity bash in 2005, but on Thursday, the singer surprised fans by joining forces with his old pals to issue a statement condemning the Israeli Defense Forces’ treatment of the so-called Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla.
The pro-Palestinian activists had been trying to break the navy’s decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip to take much-needed humanitarian aid to the contested region, but the shipment was intercepted and the 13 women onboard were all detained.
Authorities are now planning to deport the group, made up of people from different countries, and the controversy has prompted Waters, a longtime critic of Israel, to speak out – alongside his former bandmates.
A post on the band’s Facebook page, titled Pink Floyd reunites to stand with the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, reads: “David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Roger Waters stand united in support of the Women of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, and deplore their illegal arrest and detention in international waters by the Israeli Defense Force.”
It is not clear if the trio is planning any further work together to highlight the issue, or if Waters, who quit the band in 1985, will address the controversy during his set at the Desert Trip festival in California on Sunday.
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