Pink Floyd rocker moves concert in Israel

jerusalem (ap) | Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters is moving his June concert in Israel from a Tel Aviv park designed for such events to a chickpea field next to a joint Jewish-Arab village because of Palestinian protests, Israel’s Channel 2 TV reported this week.

Waters, bass player and vocalist with the iconic rock group from its birth in the 1960s until its members drifted apart two decades later, has lent his support to the pro-Palestinian movement urging removal of the security barrier Israel is building along the West Bank.

The concert was originally set for the Yarkon Park, the scene of several such events every year, where up to 200,000 people sit on the grass.

Instead, organizers will uproot a chickpea field at Neve Shalom, costing millions of shekels, the TV report said, to accommodate Waters’ request.

About 50,000 people are expected to attend.