Brian Eno Wrote Strongly-Worded Letter About Israel-Palestine Conflict

The producer compares Israel to KKK and brands America as "hypocritical" for its support of "ragingly racist theocracy" in Gaza.

logo
Ultimate Guitar
17

Brian Eno has written a strongly-worded letter about the current conflict between Israel and Palestine.

The letter has been published on David Byrne's website with a note from Byrne explaining why he decided to put it online.

"I received this email last Friday morning from my friend, Brian Eno," Byrne writes (via NME). "I shared it with my office and we all felt a great responsibility to publish Brian's heavy, worthy note."

"I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more," Eno begins. He then describes a picture he saw on the news that day of a Palestinian man carrying his four year old son's remains in a plastic bag. He goes onto express his dismay that America refused to support a proposed UN resolution to set up an international inquiry into accusations that Israeli actions could amount to war crimes.

"What is going on in America?" he writes. "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?"

The producer then details a 2013 trip he took to Israel, where he witnessed the tensions first hand. He then goes onto describe what he calls the Israeli "settler militias" who have the "notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that 'Arab' equates with 'vermin' - straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It's like sending money to the Klan".

After Eno's letter, which can be read in full here, Byrne also publishes the response of Eno's friend Peter Schwartz, who makes a more balanced case detailing the historical context of the conflict.

"I don't think there is any honour to go around here. Israel has lost its way and commits horrors in the interest of their own survival," Schwartz writes. "And the Arabs and Persians perpetuate a conflict ridden neighbourhood with almost no exceptions, fighting against each other and with hate of Israel the only thing that they share."

Earlier this week One Direction's Zayn Malik had received death threats after sending out a tweet supporting Palestine. Other musicians to speak out about the conflict include Madonna, Neil Young and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder.

90 comments sorted by best / new / date

    azrael667
    According to the UN, Israel has bombed a UN shelter in Gaza after Israel told the Gazan people to leave their houses and go to said safehouse. I'm not saying the Hamas is innocent at all but that's just... insidious.
    JelloCrust
    Yeah, any claims that Israel is defending itself are intellectually bankrupt.
    eatfresh1736
    "According to the UN..." The UN are anti-Zionist liars, and Ban Ki Moon is the biggest hypocrite of them all. The UN is worse than Fox News. What I don't understand about Brian Eno, is that I see the American news, and if anything, it is slanted towards Gaza, not Israel (except Fox News, but they suck in general)
    JelloCrust
    The thing of it is, the US news used to be wholly invested in supporting Israel. This time around, information is too readily available to keep with the "party line." Well both parties' line.
    DaNiC700
    When musicians (and celebrities in general) speak out on issues they don't fully understand it's not gonna end well. If you want to get an accurate picture of what's going on please try reading various news outlets around the web (not only biased sources such as fox news or al-jazeera) and then come to your own conclusion on the situation. So for now don't take your advice on serious international matters from musicians.
    godzillarissa
    The best we can hope for is that letters like these encourage people to look stuff up for themselves. But let's be honest, most everybody has picked a side already and those letters will change nothing.
    rafey
    What does their occupation have anything to do with speaking out about this? By your suggestion, the only people qualified to talk and air opinions on the matter are the Israelis and Palestinians living in the affected areas.
    insydney
    Most of the time they paint the issue black and white and that right there shows how little they actually know about what's going on. Reputable sources of information backed up by scholars who have dedicated a good part of their lives to studying the various issues in the middle east often go unheard, while celebrities can spill out ignorant statements and the general public eats it up.
    xeper9
    If only he knew the reality of what's happening there.Don't you all think it's a little strange that Israel is performing "ethnic cleansing", "Massacring the innocent population" and "killing children by the masses" when during the las couple of weeks, 1500 people were killed in Gaza after about 3000 attacks, airstrikes and bombing by the IDF? suddenly the numbers don't seem that large do they? If Israel wanted, it could destroy Gaza a thousand times, but they don't do it. Why don't you ask yourself why? How come? All you hear and see on the news\internet are completely biased, one sided reports, and I don't blame them- the ratings are higher when you write about genocide and show death-porn images that we all crave. None of you knows what it's like to have tunnels dug under your village\town, leading straight to a mall, a garden, a house- with Hamas activists (labeled a terror organization, responsible for hundreds of murders, suicide bombings etc) on the other side. Hamas war prisoners admitted during questioning that they planned a massive attack on Israeli cities during Rosh HaShana- A jewish holiday, with hundreds of activists coming out of said tunnels to murder thousands of civilians.....But I bet you wouldn't give a shit about it if it happened, because Israel will never show you pictures of dead bodies, children massacred by Hamas or entire families blown to bits by suicide bombers. Hamas' greatest weapon is you- the people who are easy to manipulate with media and social networks, and while I do not agree with some actions taken by the IDF, and saddened by the death of innocents, no country would have just stood there while it's people are being threatened with death every day, murdered every day and hiding in shelters for 14 years. The US completely destroyed Afghanistan and Iraq after 9\11. Don't see anyone boycotting them. end of rant. It's hopeless anyway...
    cyclonus
    Hamas are a pack of terrorists, and the IDF don't seem to care about murdering the Gaza population trying to destroy them. That seems to be the unbiased thick of it
    eatfresh1736
    Why should the IDF care? The people are glad to give their lives in the name of Allah (or so Hamas tells us.) The IDF does more than anyone in recent history to minimize civilian deaths, but it shouldn't be too cautious at the expense of its own people. "Stop external threats" vs. "Allow the guilty to hide among the 'innocent'". Which would you choose? Innocents are inevitably going to die when they're the ones sharing a building with the rockets. That's Hamas' fault.
    cyclonus
    Which of course makes it perfectly okay to murder innocent civilians regardless. This whole f**king feud needs to be put to bed, it's so tiresome
    eatfresh1736
    It's not okay to murder innocents, but how is the alternative better? Either Palestinians die or Israelis will die. Why should Israel protect Palestinians over their own people? Everything would be simpler if Hamas didn't force their own people to live with the rockets. But they do. So Israel does what they must. That's how war works. If you live in the offending country, bad things are going to happen to you, even if it's not your fault. They could use shelters, but they don't.
    rafey
    Oh god, you can't seriously suggest they go to the shelters, not after what's happened this week. "Hey, I'm going to be pissing on you. Here's an umbrella to protect yourself with. Why aren't you using the umbrella? You're getting piss all over yourself, what's wrong with you?"
    Hamburger89
    Anybody who picks up a gun is to blame, doesn't matter what flag you carry. All we need to worry about is the fact that our tax money is being used to buy guns for the israelis. I wouldn't mind if they had them just for defensive reasons but not for agressive expansion.
    oxymoronicman
    Aggressive expansion? If Israel wanted, they would have owned Gaza thirty years ago. Bro, do you even internet?
    N7Crazy
    But then they would have to deal with most of the civilised world condemning them, and losing a crucial ally as USA would have no choice but to back out of their alliance. Though, apperantly Israel seems to care less and less about that stuff in recent years
    crazysam23_Atax
    Considering that Israel did used to own Gaza and gave it up to the Palestinians in an attempt at peace, I think it's fair to say that Israel hasn't actually been pursuing aggressive expansion policies. (See here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli_dis... Also, it's quite clear that Israel by no means is seeking to conquer Gaza, if you have been paying attention to the news in recent weeks.
    Smegal
    Oh yes wikipedia, the most reliable source of information on the internet...
    crazysam23_Atax
    If you don't consider wikipedia reliable (which it is, since the wikipedia editors ensure everything is cited), then you can view the sources at the bottom of the wikipedia page I linked. I'm certain those are reliable, academic sources. /rolleyes
    THE BULGE
    Things is Hamas are an organisation not a nation. Israel is not a fully recognised state but the actions taken are fully supported. The videos of zionists sat upon a hill celebrating the explosions is sickening. This rouge state is responsible for almost all west/Middle eastern conflict.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Israel has been a fully recognized state since 1948. What the hell are you talking about?! And how is Israel a rogue state? You obviously have zero idea of the history of the region.
    acefecoo
    Israel is not recognised by every country in the world.
    THE BULGE
    They are constantly breaking international law. They have just sold rights to search for oil to an American company owned by dick cheney on land that belongs to syria. They are constantly adjusting Palestine borders and moving civilians into these occupied territories. They have one excuse anf that is a religious one and that they were promised this land. Fuck them.
    xeper9
    They're celebrating interceptions of Qassam, Grad and mortar fire by the Iron Dome system, you idiot. I bet you would as well, if after 14 years of living in shelters and being constantly fired upon and having your brothers, parents, children blown in front of you by Hamas' rockets, you'd suddenly be kept safe by your government. And may I remind you the celebrations in Gaza after 9\11? Gazan women handing out candy in the streets to celebrate the murder of three Israeli teens? oh, you don't remember don't you?... surprising.
    JelloCrust
    Barely anybody has die from Hamas rocket fire, or any other resistance in all the decades that Israel has been occupying Palestinian land and committing the dictionary definition of genocide, while I believe the Palestinian death toll in. . . two weeks? . . . was over 1,000, or over 4 times the Israeli death toll since Hamas formed. So, yeah.
    eatfresh1736
    According to the growing size of the Palestinian population, Israel is doing the worst, most backward job of genocide in the history of genocide.
    rafey
    "I bet you would as well, if after 14 years of living in shelters and being constantly fired upon and having your brothers, parents, children blown in front of you by ' rockets, you'd suddenly be kept safe by your government." - both sides, don't you realize this you colossal idiot?
    K33nbl4d3
    The idea that either side is bloodless is idiotic, but Israel has been expanding into Palestinian territory for the last 50 years, so it's hard to see them as the lesser evil...
    shutupandsee
    It's about Israel so everyone suddenly cares. People rushing to point fingers to Israel instead of actually blaming the real causes of this "war", the Hamas. An absolutely corrupted people who take all of their citizen's resources just so they could build a tunnel in order to blow up a bus in middle of Jerusalem. Each tunnel cost on average $3M which that money was for building hospitals, shelters, houses and such. And who is giving to them all the materials they use for building those tunnels? Israel. And what happens in Syria is much worse the Israel, but I don't see anyone giving a shit about that.
    Aays
    When you turn Gaza into an open air prison and block off the entire Strip for 50+ years, how are you not going to expect resistance?
    shutupandsee
    Of course they are going to block it when people are using those passages to smuggle ammunition and such. What do you expect, they will let them do so?
    rafey
    You think that's the only thing they're blocking from entering the region? Ammunition and such? Remember when they banned soda, juice, jams, spices, shaving cream, cookies, chips, and sweets? It wasn't that long ago they lifted the ban. Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/israel-ease...
    eatfresh1736
    Palestinians refused to share a state in 1948 and fought back, not Israel. So when they find themselves at the mercy of Israel, they cry now. Why should Israel let them even have an inch of land? (And Israel did not steal their land. If anything, it's the exact opposite.)
    rynlrkn2
    Why the hell would Palestine want to share with Israel!? Palestine was just chilling and then the U.N creates a state in the middle of their country. And how could you say it was the Palestinians stole Israeli land? Because a bunch of Jews lived there 2000 years ago?
    eatfresh1736
    *Living there SINCE over 2,000 years ago. Call the land what you want, the Palestinians had no more of a legitimate country than the Jews who were living there.
    N7Crazy
    > The palenstinians ahd no more a legitimate country than the jews who were living there. I advice you to purchase a certain book known as a "history" book. It contains all sorts of magical knowledge, such as "history" which shows that the palestinians definatly had a country long before Israel existed. It was annexed by the British in 1917, one of the many reasons why it was even possible for Israel to exist. The palenstinian people have lived in the area of what is now most of Israel far longer than any other occupant, even before the jews seeing as they're direct descendants of the Canaanites. Actually, scrap the first part. This is the internet, history is at the tip of your fingertips, and anyone claiming bullshit (read: you) can be disproven in a matter of second. Even if it's not intentional bullshit, but simply ignorance, it does not excuse a shitty comment as that one, as in this day and age, ignorance is more than ever a choice.
    N7Crazy
    JIDF's (almost) sole representative on UG is apperantly busy today...
    Jazz1992
    Why the f**k would anyone want to agree to share their country? How would Americans feel if someone just came one day, took half of their country and said: "OK, this land is ours now. Comply or be blown to bits."? How fair is that? That is conquest and nothing more.
    Charlatan14
    If Hamas could, they would exterminate every last Israeli man, woman and child. Fortunately, they do not have the capability. Israel does have that capability to do the same to the Palestinians, yet they do not do it. Israel doesn't care much for PR right now, they're more concerned about winning a war that is being waged against them.
    spdmot
    Fuck dudes, educate yourself on what's happening. I'm in Israel and you have no idea how happy I am not to be in Gaza. They are occupied and rules by Hamas, a TERROR organization as a government. Their kids are taken to fight these wars and the civilians are poor as **** because the HUGE amount of money they are being donated is for building weapons and tunnels to kill Israelis. Israel is getting thousands rockets targeted at civilians by Hamas. Just found a huge tunnel system from Gaza to Israel that had already been used to try and invade Israel to bomb ****ing kindergartens. Hamas is firing and working within civilian building, just to stack up more civilian casualties when Israel is attacking, so someone would hear about that and say that Israel is making an "ethnic cleansing" which is ridiculous. It's a sad situation for both sides, especially because if Hamas wouldn't be so strong in Gaza and their people would prefer peaceful ways of solving this, I know Israel would co-operate. But the people in Gaza are convinced, very much by Hamas, that Israel just wants to rule them. And people in Israel think that the people in Gaza want them dead because of these ****ing attacks. Anyway, you srsly can't blame one side in this (and I have tons of criticism towards my country), especially when one of the sides are terrorists that do have a choice.
    RichieJovie
    As you are on a side your opinion cannot be seen as balanced.
    crazysam23_Atax
    No one's opinion on this can be balanced (since everyone takes a side in an issue like this), but this guy is actually close to the conflict. I'd say he probably knows more about than a bunch of random internet users 1000s of miles from Gaza and Israel.
    RichieJovie
    Opinions can be balanced. What you do is look at facts and assess from there. It is quite simple. I have no side, being neither Muslim or Jewish, Israeli or Palestinian. So my view is one of balance.
    Dynamight
    There's always a side to pick based on personal beliefs, so the fact that you're on no side doesn't make your view balanced, just uninformed. Also, you have to be on the field to look at facts; you're not going to get any from behind a TV or a newspaper. Unlike the guy you tried to discredit, you only receive information from the media and internet comments, all of which have an agenda.
    eatfresh1736
    That's very zen of you, but he is actually in Israel. That means that he doesn't have an opinion. Reporters have opinions. Politicians have opinions. He lives in a country that's at war. There doesn't need to be balance. Of course, no one should blame anyone without weighing the facts, but once you do, there's a side that's more right, and a side that's more wrong. Balancing an opinion doesn't mean you're being fair, it just means you've only looked at an insignificant cross section of the issue. Remember, a clock is right twice a day, but it can be right the entire day if you only check it those two times. Weigh EVERYTHING, and you'll see how unbalanced the issue is.
    eatfresh1736
    I highly disagree with you, I don't want to **** dudes! (I agree with he other stuff though.)
    Anjohl
    Amen. Israel is big time in the wrong here. They are testing the international community's limits, and getting away with it. If this was any other non-US country, a US-led UN intervention would be in the works to remove the Israeli regime.
    N7Crazy
    Not always. A considerable while before the Iraq war, Saddamn Hussein used Kurds as test subjects in chemical warfare, and overall treated them as worse than laboratory rats. No one did anything about it. Just like now.
    PuckMugger
    Stop worrying about America and worry about your own country. America - damned if you do, damned if you don't. I hate what Israel is doing, but WTF do you want America to do about it? Why should they do anything?
    godzillarissa
    They shouldn't, that's the point. If the US likes to play world police all the time, though, they'll have to live with the backlash.
    Adarchist
    Well i guess America could stop sending the Israelis the weapons that theyre using to commit the genocide. Israel receives more US aid than any other country in the world.
    eatfresh1736
    Adarchist, let's say you were in a high decision making position in the US government. Who would you invest in? The people that have freely elected a government whose mission is to eradicate anyone who opposes their religion and views (it's literally in the Hamas Charter; yes, I've read it)? Or Israel? Remember, no one gives international aid for nothing. If you argue that what Israel is doing is still genocide, I'd say that that's exactly what Hamas wants to do to Israel. Just because they're failing miserably doesn't mean Israel should have mercy (that's the underdog bias: The stronger side is automatically wrong for being stronger.) And if you argue that Israel "stole" their land, I suggest you take a closer look at a history that's older than 66 years old. It's always easier to defend the weaker side, especially when it's against Israel. Who cares that Middle Eastern Arabs kill their own all the time (Saddam Hussein, Syria, Hamas themselves etc.)?
    SkepsisMetal
    The decision is not 2 sided, nor is it black and white. Just because you disagree with Hamas and would like them removed from Gaza does not mean you have to side with the equally as bad Israeli militia and government, and send them the very weapons that have killed nearly 1000 innocent civilians. Hamas are hardly helping themselves in that, but someone somewhere in Israel is saying "well, there's 200 people in that hospital but **** it we'll bomb them anyway because war" That is as unacceptable as what Hamas are doing, no matter how you look at it, and given their far superior military power (thanks America) they are doing far more damage with their irresponsibility, so much so that you could easily call it "terrorism". They could easily raze Gaza and the Palestinians to the ground yet they are not. Sure. Why? It's guerilla warfare, a war of attrition. They're breaking the morale of Hamas and those that support them by killing hundreds of women and children and sick people every day. They're both as bad as each other, and while Obama is busy hefting sanction after sanction at Putin, he is happily funding a warmongering regime in the Arab world. It's nothing but blind hypocrisy.
    crazysam23_Atax
    You do realize that 1) Israel sent fliers and radio alerts out to civilians in Gaza telling them to leave, 2) Hamas forced many civilians to stay, & 3) many of the civilian deaths occurred because Hamas literally used civilians as meat shields? Israel has never started any of these conflicts and have only defended themselves. Stop being so ignorant of the history. Examine the last 80 years of the region.
    N7Crazy
    I'm no supporter of HAMAS, but arguing that Israel is solely defending themselves is the worst piece of repeated propoganda in current existance. I've been to Israel. I saw the open discrimination, direct hatred of anyone arabic. I saw graffitti on walls saying "gas the arabs". I've seen the more radical zionists cheering at soldiers to shoot civilians, and proposing an entire ethnical wipeout of the area, and I wish I could say they were a minority, but they aren't (though luckily, they're neither the majority). Hamas is nowhere as powerful as Israel likes to present them. They are a fractured organization, one with a side that's trying to prevent rocket launches to reach any kind of agreement, no matter how pitiful and ridiculous it is, and another which is just as vile as the radical zionists, seeing every jew the same, and wishing to kill every one. Israel is no longer defending itself, when it shell bombs an entire area, not just locations with assumed Hamas activety. What part does stealing land that is not by any agreement nor real right yours have to do with defending yourself? What does killing children playing with a ball? What does robbing not just legimate targets, but ordninary innocent civilans of most basic needs and rights? What does bombing a god damn UN Shelter which they themselves adviced people to seek cover at? It's clear as daylight that Israel is going far over what the strategic lines of "defence" can muster, and yet people cling on to that lie still? If anyone is ignorant of history, it is you. You should know that Israel often hits with a sledgehammer after being lightly jabbed by a blunt pencil. You should know that they definatly are not innocent of starting up conflicts. You claim to know history but you don't know anything more than what shit Netanyahu's cabinet spews out. Do you want to know about the truth with the "meat shields"? I saw it with my own eyes no more than two years ago - A teenager, hardly old enough to grow his own first chin hairs merely watching a demonstration against Israeli military force that hadn't even escalated beyond a small group waving with palenstine flags chanting. The Israeli military presence decided to fire tear gas at them, and when they began to disband, some fired live rounds at them. A mid-aged person, probably the father shouted something to the boy, and ran to grab him by the arm and lead him away from the escalating situation. They were both shot. The (presumed) father didn’t get up again, but the teenager did. They shot him again. I later got the chance to ask one of the soldiers who the two people they shot were. “The older man is a Hamas member – The child was a misfire, but it’s difficult when those scum use human shields” he answered. He wouldn’t answer how he knew, or why it was nessecary to shoot him, when he didn’t even have a weapon of any sort. The most likely reality was he didn’t know, and was covering one of his mates, or his own hide. I didn’t see anyone holding a weapon. I didn’t even see anyone throwing rocks. It was a human crime I witnessed, and no one cared.Don’t misunderstand me, I’m no supporter of Hamas. I support the palenstenian people. And before you pull off the old “yeah well, the majority of palenstenians voted in Hamas as their (unrecognized) government”, then I must ask you: When your family and friends are being unjustly killed by a far more powerful force, wouldn’t you try to resist? Would you lie down in the ground and wait for certain death? Would you try and live on, trying to survive has long as possible accepting your position as unworthy of basic human rights? Or would you try to support those who first come up to you promising to reach an agreement, while one of his shitty buddies fires a shitty mortar that (just like the last one) misfires into the strip, killing more of his own, where after some hours the entire building the mortar was fired from is turned to rubble, including all the civilians in it? But since you have no proper contact to most of the outside world, they are the only ones you’ve known to actually do something. What else is there? TL;DR: Fuck you, you can either read the entire thing, or not respond at all.
    crazysam23_Atax
    @N7Crazy: So, you see racism and go, "Oh, the racists must be the majority". Never mind that, if you examine the foreign policy of Israel, it has always leaned towards extending peace. But peace has repeatedly been rebuffed by Palestinian leaders.
    JD Close
    Please don't interpret this as an anti-zionist or pro-HAMAS argument, but I blame the entire situation on the god-awful decisions involved in creating Israel and displacing the people who were there for thousands of years. Not allowing Palestinians to separate is also a big reason why HAMAS was formed. Both sides are wholly wrong, but you cannot simply say that Israel has no fault in the matter.
    eatfresh1736
    JD Close, Israelis were there for thousands of years, longer than the "so-called" Palestinian people. The name Palestine originally derives from the ancient Hebrew word "migrants" or "wanderers". In 1948, they were offered their own piece of a legitimate sovereign state (which they never had). They refused, and that led to the war of Israeli Independence. Israel won, obviously, so the modern State of Israel was created, and the Palestinians had to deal with their mistake. Over time, Israel has been attacked by neighbors (who refused to take in Palestinians and still do), but Israel won every time. In very recent years, when Israel left Gush Katif and parts of Shomron, and gave it to the Palestinians, the Palestinians (rightfully) settled there... and started firing rockets into Israel. Whenever peace talks came up, Israel agreed to discuss once again the idea of two separate states, almost like in 1948. Palestinian leaders said no. Charlie Rose just interviewed the current leader of Hamas, and asked him directly "Would you allow Israel to coexist with you in a possible two state solution?" He replied "I don't know. Give us a state, and we'll decide then." Israel tried to coexist for decades, and even supported Palestinian areas financially, but they kept getting rebuffed. Why should they have any mercy, when the Hamas Charter says explicitly that their goal is to eradicate every infidel (and Jews specifically) from their holy land. I've read it myself.
    eatfresh1736
    Imagine that Native Americans were firing rockets from their reservations toward their neighbors. Now disregard the whole comparison, because the natives were here first, making Spain, Portugal, France, England, Nederlands etc. the bad guys. In the middle east, Israel has always been occupied by Israelis. Yes, often driven from their homes, but a population always remained for weaker and stronger times. Palestinians are not "victimized natives".
    eatfresh1736
    Well, I actually agree that America should step back, especially useless John Kerry. But Israel is not equal to Hamas, and the stories about the hospitals and ambulances and shelters are not what the news makes it out to be (I have relatives on the ground in Gaza). Of course, Israel is not handling this as well as they should, but they are nowhere on the level of Hamas
    kashmar88
    There's the danger though. This is the kind of thinking that got us into a few World Wars. "Not my problem" works until it doesn't.
    vulcan422
    Hamas loves when Palestinian civilian casualties go up, because they want the world to turn against Israel, and it's fooling a lot of people. Israel sent out letters and pamphlets to the Palestinian population before the ground offensive started, warning them to evacuate their homes, because the area they live in will become a war zone. Why are there so many casualties? Because Hamas tells Palestinians not to leave their homes, even though it will risk getting them killed. This isn't even to mention how Hamas uses schools and hospitals as rocket storage facilities, and attack posts. And if for some reason, you doubt Hamas is a terrorist organization, please look up their charter, which talks about how they want to completely destroy Israel, and every Jew on Earth.
    JDawg
    Never mind the fact that Hamas has been hiding in hospitals and schools and other largly populated areas. If you don't want innocent people to die, STOP DOING THIS. Israel is kicking your ass because you won't stop launching rockets at them. Regardless of how we got here, this IS what is happening, this is what Hamas is doing and Israel has every right to make them stop. The Jews have 1 tiny little spec in the entire middle east, but palestine is crying over 1 little strip of land.... Absurd. I hope it's worth all of the civilan casualties for your tiny little piece of land.
    rafey
    You can't possibly be this naive, can you? What do you think happens when there is a population being suffocated by an aggressor like Israel? It changes everything. You get the population voting for organizations like Hamas. Why should Palestinians play by "the rules" when they've already been stripped of their dignity? What has playing by the rules gotten them? How has it stopped their persecution and occupation? What do you think happens when a conflict is as lopsided as Israel vs. Palestine? Palestine is 6,220 square km's and Israel is 20,770 square km's so I don't know what you're talking about with your '1 tiny little spec' comment.
    yonmwar
    It's simply amazing how people talk with no idea about the facts. I myself was shot at from Gaza strip. My friend died from a rocket that was probably hidden in a UN school. Israel tried 6 (!) cease-fires already. When the 5th started, Hamas tried to kidnapp an Israel soldier (luckily the soldier died before, otherwise we would have been forced to pay 1000 terrorists for him, just like the last time). You people honestly have no idea what the Hamas is. Just like their leader said (Mohammad Def) - they want to kill us more than they want to live. It's their ideology, it's their religion. Just like Iran threatens Israel without any territorial conflict. Just like Hizbulla. I really hope Europe (and America) will see sense in time, and that you won't need to lose your loved ones in something like a new 9\11. Anyway, I'll let Roy Harper speak now - http://www.metrolyrics.com/the-black-clo...
    rynlrkn2
    The U.S should demand the implementation of a two state solution along the `67 borders with in twelve months and build ****ing walls to separate the countries. If not, all funding to Israel at the very least should be severely cut.
    eatfresh1736
    Israel agreed to at least discuss it. But the leader of Hamas said explicitly in an American interview that even if they get their own state, he might still go to war for the rest of it.
    vulcan422
    Hamas calls for the destruction of Israel in their charter, so of course they are still going to go to war. They won't be satisfied until there isn't a single Jewish person alive on Earth. This isn't in my opinion, not only does their charter talk about it, but if you looked up a video of Mosab Hassan Yousef, a son of one of Hamas' leaders, he confirms what I claim.
    jschexna
    Palestinians start the fight and then bitch when they get their asses handed to them. Israel defends itself very well..... as they should. If you think Eno, Vetter and Roger Waters have any clue, you are misled. They are part of the problem, not the solution.
    YoShockray
    This war (not refering on their longlasting conflict) actually started when Israelis PD attacked group of Islami men (only one of them was part of Hamas) on market. Reaction from bothside is too violent of cours, that's undoubtable. And I think Eno,Vedder and Waters are very aware of global situation, of course they aren't experts in that field, but to call them clueless is wrong. Your whole post is simply wrong.
    jschexna
    Loss of life is always a tragic thing. Hamas is a terrorist group and should be dealt with accordingly, and the collateral damage is a sad thing. I don't look to music celbrities for their global opinions on conflicts, I only enjoy the sounds they create. Thanks for your opinion, but I stand by my comment.
    PsiGuy60
    I love how every time a bad political situation anywhere in the world is even mentioned, a flame war erupts among people who have exactly bugger-all to do with it.
    tonello
    Hamas knows that if Israel attacks Israel is condemned on the international stage and Hamas wins. If Israel gives up Hamas wins. Israel and the US are the only countries in the world who are not allowed to defend their own land.
    legendaryjj10
    "The US can't defend it's own land." Well that is a whole lot of wrong. Name the last country to attack the US on US soil. The 911 terrorist attacks were not done by a sovereign nation but by a rogue guerrilla militia. Other than that you have to go further than 40 years to find an outright assault on American soil. If you think the US is not allowed to defend themselves then you are extremely misguided. The condemnation of the USA's use of military force is in it's misguided notion that it has to police the world. If Mexico attacked Albuquerque in an attempt to regain New Mexico then the US would have a right to defend it's land. But, that is not happening. No one is attacking the USA on the USA's soil. Rebel militants attacking US soldiers on their own soil does not equate to a sovereign nation invading the USA.
    eatfresh1736
    What does that mean, that the US can't defend its own land? I'm not arguing or being facetious, I just want to know what you're referring to.
    tonello
    I don't even know what I was thinking there. I still stand by the Israel isn't allowed to defend it's own land.
    mbrick70
    I like Eno but what he said was pretty one sided, ignorant and anti-Israel. I don't think either side is right in this. There are extremist Palestinian groups that believe Israel should not even exist just like there are extreme groups in Israel that believe Palestine should not. This war has been going on for centuries. The land originally belonged to the Israel and was lost to Palestine/Hamas through warfare. Israel is attempting to get its land back with war and violence just like Palestine did in order to take it. Both sides suck. Mr. Eno should have done more research. Sorry rant over.
    vulcan422
    You should have done more research, because this current Israel-Hamas conflict has nothing to do with the expansion of Israel. Israel is defending itself from terrorists attacks that they have silent dealt with for years, and now there goal is to destroy terrorists made tunnels from Gaza that lead to Israel. These tunnels exist so Hamas terrorists can get in and out of Israel undetected, to kidnap, plant bombs, or anything else terror related.