Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame was moved to record this version of We Shall Overcome after the act of Israeli piracy off Gaza’s coast. The piece and the accompanying images are moving, and remind us all to stand together in the face of Israeli oppression, occupation, and now piracy. In the words of Desmond Tutu, “In the world, you have very bad people…and they look like they are going to win. All of them–all of them–have bitten the dust.”
In his own words:
“Over the new year 2009-2010, an international group of 1500 men and women from 42 nations went to Egypt to join a Freedom March to Gaza. They did this to protest the current blockade of Gaza. To protest the fact that the people of Gaza live in a virtual prison. To protest the fact that a year after the terror attack by Israeli armed forces destroyed most of their homes, hospitals, schools, and other public buildings, they have no possibility to rebuild because their borders are closed. The would be Freedom Marchers wanted to peacefully draw attention to the predicament of the Palestinian population of Gaza. The Egyptian government, (funded to the tune of $2.1 billion a year, by us, the US tax payers), would not allow the marchers to approach Gaza. How lame is that? And how predictable! I live in the USA and during this time Dec 25th 2009-Jan3rd 2010 I saw no reference to Gaza or the Freedom March or the multi national protesters gathered there. Anyway I was moved, in the circumstances, to record a new version of ” We shall overcome”. It seems appropriate.
Many thanks to G.E Smith: lead guitar and Thor Jonsson, drum programming and whatever. Thanks guys!!!
PS. 3rd June 2010
And now piracy!!!!!!!