Protestors Attend The Antiwar Assembly In London

As the tragic violence in Gaza has been heating up again, so has debate about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Rock and pop stars have been getting in on that discourse, including Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Zayn Malik, and most prominently Eddie Vedder, who delivered a controversial onstage rant, an impassioned blog post, and an “Imagine” cover this month. Despite Vedder’s rage, he was pretty diplomatic, continually stating that he’s anti-war, not anti-Israel.

Brian Eno is not so diplomatic. In a letter on David Byrne’s website, Eno decried the United States for its continued support of Israel’s efforts to claim land in Palestine, efforts the legendary producer described as “ethnic cleansing.” Here’s an excerpt:

What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But – for Christ’s sake! – it’s not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be.

The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. You, my close American friends, symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered? How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ’America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouth isn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy?

Read Eno’s full commentary, as well as a breakdown of the conflict’s history by Eno’s friend Peter Schwartz, here. In Byrne’s introduction, he asserts, “What’s clear is that no one has the moral high ground.”

(via Pitchfork)

[Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images.]

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  2. *thinks for a split second about commenting on the Israel/Palenstine conflict on a music website…*

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  4. Surely Ted Nugent has said something about how much Israel is suffering in this conflict. And yet no mention from Stereogum. Bias much?

  5. Citing that he’s “a really big fan of ‘Remain in Light,’” Obama has responded by withdrawing all US support for Israel. The normally combative John Boehner approved of his action, noting, “I think I speak for all Republicans in Congress when I say that I’m more than willing to throw my support behind anything the creative forces behind ‘My Life in the Bush of Ghosts’ propose.”

  6. He has the guts to say it, and I’m pleased to see Stereogum has the guts to post it.

  7. I’m still waiting for Rick Wakeman’s assessment of the situation.

  8. Deep below the streets of London a low rumbling can be heard, as if some great beast has awoken from its slumber. With breath of sulfur and eyes aflame it cannot deny the the chant of summoning: a call of moral superiority by a well-regarded British musician is all that is needed to loose terror upon the world.

    The birds of the skies flee as if sensing a coming earthquake. The creatures of the ocean dive deep to avoid the almighty thunderclap of self righteousness now threatening to drown the Earth itself in sanctimony. The very ground quakes in apprehension, for he has risen, and he shall not sleep again until a strongly worded video message condemning the senseless violence is delivered during a concert at Wembley, a concert so star-studded and well intentioned that the burning orbs in the sky themselves shall hurl themselves into oblivion out of jealousy.

    Those with latent extra-sensory powers scream in psychic agony as the pangs of his rebirth reverberate throughout the universe. FLEE OH FOOLISH MORTALS, HE IS RETURNED. THE DARK LORD OF “GETTING THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS”. HIS BENEFIT CONCERT ORGANIZING SKILLS SHALL BLOT OUT THE SUN, AND A THOUSAND YEARS OF AWARENESS/DARKNESS SHALL DESCEND UPON MANKIND.

    Tremble mankind, for Bob Geldof has returned.

  9. I see Brian still lives by the creed of “No Pussyfooting”

  10. Henry Siegman, former head of the Synagogue Council of America, former National Director of the American Jewish Congress Siegman and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations is far from a self- hating Jew or anti-Semite. He states, “The largest caucus, parliamentary caucus, in Israel’s Knesset is called the caucus of Eretz Yisrael HaShlema, which the Likud leads.
    “An ‘eretz,’ in English, means the whole land of Israel. This is a parliamentary caucus, the largest caucus in the Knesset, which is totally dedicated to not permit any government to establish a Palestinian state anywhere in the land of Israel, headed by Likud, senior Likud members of Knesset, and headed—a party that is headed by the prime minister of Israel. And what boggles the imagination is that no one talks about this, no one points this out, and no one says, ‘How can you take these positions via Hamas if this is exactly what is going on within your own government that you are heading?’”
    Truth can be painful, but accepting and admitting he truth does not make you a self hating Jew or an anti-Semite. If China were occupying America we would be making homemade rockets, tunneling and blowing ourselves up to get our America back too. It’s time. Enough of the lies and propaganda. Let’s give them their freedom. Let’s end this genocide.

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