July 19, 2010, Washington – For the first time in half a decade, rock legends Pink Floyd reunited for a benefit concert in England to raise money for young Palestinian refugees, MSNBC reported Tuesday.
Roger Waters and David Gilmour, joined by a full stage of keyboardists and drummers, both picked up the guitar to play for the more than 200 fans gathered to see the Oxfordshire concert. The reunion was unpublicized prior to the curtain’s rise.
The proceeds from the benefit concert went to the Hoping Foundation, an organization that focuses on the “next generation” of young Palestinians, mostly refugees. Their projects include a film workshop, a scouting group in the Balata refugee camp near Nablus, and a UN Relief and Works Agency yearbook. The event raised over half a million dollars to benefit the group.
The Pink Floyd duo played a number of classic and fan favorites, including “Wish You Were Here” and “Another Brick in the Wall (Part Two).”
Waters has been involved in pro-Palestinian activism for years. In 2006 he spray painted “tear down the wall” on Israel’s West Bank separation wall in the city of Bethlehem. He also worked with the United Nations to produce a short film about the wall’s impact on life in the West Bank.
A slew of musicians, including Elvis Costello and The Pixes recently cancelled concerts in Israel in protest of Israel’s Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians and the deadly attack on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31st.