The US government on Tuesday joined those accusing the musician Roger Waters, once the soul of the band Pink Floyd, of “anti-Semitism”, who appeared at a concert in May dressed as an SS officer in Berlin.

Berlin police announced on Friday that they were investigating “suspected incitement to hatred” after appeals that “clothes worn on stage” could be seen as “glorifying or justifying the National Socialist regime” or could cause “disruption of public order”. .

Visuals on social networking sites show the singer on stage wearing a long coat with armband and a swastika symbol.

Media also pointed out the display, in red letters on a screen during his concert, of the names of Anne Frank and Shireen Abu Akleh.

The concert featured “symbols deeply offensive to the Jewish people” that “demean the Holocaust,” the State Department said.

“This is not the first time this artist has used anti-Semitic elements to defame Jews,” the US State Department insisted.

79-year-old Roger Waters has in recent years advocated a boycott of Israeli products in the name of defending the Palestinian cause.

The singer and composer calls the criticism “malicious”.

The elements of the concert for which he is accused were “clearly a message against fascism, injustice and bigotry in all their forms”, and any attempt to distort this message “is dishonest”, he pointed out a few days ago, in a message uploaded to Instagram and Twitter platforms.

The British rocker also caused controversy when he recently expressed the opinion that “it is not true that the Russian invasion of Ukraine was unprovoked”.