Major League Baseball said that it is dropping its joint promotion for Roger Waters' upcoming "This Is Not a Drill" tour, after being criticized by Jewish groups. Waters is best known as one of the founders of the band Pink Floyd.
B'nai B'rith, for example, urged MLB in a letter to cease its partnership with Waters, who the organization said "is an avowed anti-Semite whose views on Jews and Israel far exceed the boundaries of civil discourse." According to media reports, in response to the complaints, MLB said that it will stop promoting Waters' tour.
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