Shalom Life | May 24, 2015

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Blasts Israel On Stage

"They don't get our taxes to drop bombs on children," the frontman said

By: Ami Friedman

Published: July 14th, 2014 in News » Israel

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Blasts Israel On Stage

Is Pearl Jam following in Roger Waters' footsteps? During a concert held Friday evening at Milton Keynes, England, as the American rock band was performing the song "Daughter," lead singer Eddie Vedder turned to the audience and launched a monologue which appeared as clear criticism against Israel and the situation in the Middle East.

After leading the audience in singing "no more war," Vedder said: "So what the f***? What the f***? We can have this many people having a peaceful time. We can have modern technology. We can reach our friends. They know what we're thinking before we're thinking it. The advertisers know what we’re thinking before we’re thinking it. We have technology, all this in our hands.”

“'But at the same time something this positive is happening, at the same f***ing time, not even that far away, people are f***ing dropping bombs on each other."


Watch Eddie Vedder address audience during Milton Keynes concert (forward to the 4:00 mark)

In what seemed as an attack against the Israeli operation in Gaza and its ramifications, although he did not explicitly mention the Jewish state by name, Vedder added: "And I get if war is the last resort, if they're coming on you, I can get it, I get it. You don't want to be in that situation. But I swear to f***ing God, there are some people out there who are looking for a reason to kill.

"They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them, and they should get the f*** out, mind their own f***ing business… Stop the f***ing sh** now! Now! Now! We don’t want to give them our money. They don't get our taxes to drop bombs on children."

Vedder went on to tell the audience, "Eat, procreate, make some art, listen to music, f**k some more, have another baby, eat work, love, love, love… So why are people at war?"

He then led the audience in singing, "War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing."

Vedder's monologue was posted in YouTube following the concert, sparking many comments from Israelis who saw it as incitement and a one-sided presentation of the situation in the Middle East.

"You do realize we left Gaza nine years ago, right? And ever since, we've been getting bombed from there every day by the officially-declared-terrorist group Hamas who are holding half a million Palestinian citizens hostage," one of the comments read.

"Good music-bad person who is obviously brainwashed," another Israeli added.

"So this is the true reason for not coming to Israel???" someone asked. "The true reason for ignoring your loyal Israeli fans who have been begging for you to come for years?"

Another person wrote, "Same as Roger Waters. Good music, bad person." And someone else added, "Oh Eddie, you're such a great musician. Do yourself a favor and stick to music. Politics aren't for you."

Despite being one of the most popular bands in Israel, Pearl Jam has never performed in the country with all its members. The reason, according to rumors, is lead singer Eddie Vedder and his political opinions.

Reprinted with permission from Ynet News

Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men TrendingCanadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo TrendingSeven Ways to Celebrate a Meaningful Shavuot Seven Ways to Celebrate a Meaningful Shavuot Trending
 

Israeli Makes Eurovision Finals for First Time in 5 Years

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Israeli Makes Eurovision Finals for First Time in 5 Years

'Golden Boy' Nadav Guedj hopes to live up to his name

Read More

Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List

May 22, 2015 | By Einat Paz-Frankel, NoCamels
Israeli Companies Make Gartner's Innovative 'Cool Vendors' List

18 out of 350 companies selected by leading American IT research firm Gartner are from the Holy Land

Read More

Jewish Community Center Cancels Marijuana Art Classes

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Jewish Community Center Cancels Marijuana Art Classes

Class that welcomed cannabis usage at Aspen Community Center in Colorado quickly nixed

Read More

Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men

May 22, 2015 | By Shaleni McBain
Israel in Top 10 Countries for Gay Men

Country ranks #7 on the happiness index

Read More

Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo

May 22, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Canadian Holocaust Survivor Recognizes Himself in Online Photo

Yehuda Danzig of Toronto was stunned when he came across a pic of himself and his younger brother while reading The Times of Israel

Read More

Seven Ways to Celebrate a Meaningful Shavuot

May 22, 2015 | By Maayan Jaffe, JNS.org
Seven Ways to Celebrate a Meaningful Shavuot

Here are a few ways to infuse some meaning and minhag (tradition) into your Shavuot this year

Read More

WATCH: Israeli, Muslim Footballers Unite For "One World, One Ball"

May 22, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
WATCH: Israeli, Muslim Footballers Unite For "One World, One Ball"

"Play the ball, not the state," say soccer players of various ethnicities to FIFA in new video

Read More

Obama: Our Commitment to Israel is Unshakeable

May 22, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
Obama: Our Commitment to Israel is Unshakeable

The U.S. President also spoke of the need a two-state solution on the inaugural "Solidarity Sabbath" in D.C.

Read More

More Headlines