Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Under Heavy Fire in Israel Following Anti-War Rant

"I swear to f--king God, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill!" the singer shouts during show.

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Under Heavy Fire in Israel Following Anti-War Rant
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Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder stirred up a major debate with his recent onstage rant about Israel, resulting in heavy fire from many fans, as well as support from others.

The whole thing starter during a July 11 UK performance at the Milton Keynes Bowl, as Eddie shouted during classic track "Daughter":

"What the f--k? What the f--k? We can have this many people having a peaceful time. We can have modern technology. We can reach our friends. We know what they're thinking before they're thinking it. The advertisers know what we're thinking before we're thinking it. We have technology - all this in our hands. At the same time that something this positive is happening, at the same f--king time, not even that far away, they're f--king dropping bombs on each other. What the f--king f--k?"

Vedder continued, "I swear to f--king God, there are 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. They should get the f--k out, and mind their own f--king business...

"Everyone wants the same goddamn thing: to have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, f--k some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love, everyone's the f--kin' same! So why are people at war? Stop the f--king s--t, now! Now! Now! We don't want to give them our money. We don't want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children! Now! No more! Now!"

A massive controversy was bound to come, as enraged Israel fans swarmed social networks, calling the singer out for his rant. Among them was rock radio DJ Ben Red, the man previously behind a campaign to bring Pearl Jam to Israel.

"Eddie Vedder, your true face is finally being revealed. You are invited not to come here. I personally do not want to see you, and I will erase the Facebook page calling on bringing Pearl Jam to Israel, but not before I expose who you really are," the DJ said.

The politically outspoken frontman had since issued a statement to the Pulse of Radio, as well as a lengthy post on the band's official website, explaining his stance in more detail.

"I've always been wary, you know, speaking from some kind of a podium as a singer in a rock band," he said. "First of all, I think it's ridiculous that it should be left to the singers of rock bands to have to bring up these issues. But then again, the arts are always going to reflect society, and there could be a responsibility there."

As for the website post, the "Imagine That - I'm Still Anti-War" piece reads as follows: "Most of us have heard John Lennon sing, 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.'

"And some of us, after another morning dose of news coverage full of death and destruction, feel the need to reach out to others to see if we are not alone in our outrage. With about a dozen assorted ongoing conflicts in the news everyday, and with the stories becoming more horrific, the level of sadness becomes unbearable. And what becomes of our planet when that sadness becomes apathy? Because we feel helpless. And we turn our heads and turn the page.

"Currently, I'm full of hope. That hope springs from the multitudes of people that our band has been fortunate enough to play for night after night here in Europe. To see flags of so many different nations, and to have these huge crowds gathered peacefully and joyfully is the exact inspiration behind the words I felt the need to emphatically relay. When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other.

"That's not something I'm going to stop anytime soon. Call me naive. I'd rather be naive, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution.

"The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war. War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on.

"With all the global achievements in modern technology, enhanced communication and information devices, cracking the human genome, land rovers on Mars etc., do we really have to resign ourselves to the devastating reality that conflict will be resolved with bombs, murder and acts of barbarism?

"We are such a remarkable species. Capable of creating beauty. Capable of awe-inspiring advancements. We must be capable of resolving conflicts without bloodshed.

"I don't know how to reconcile the peaceful rainbow of flags we see each night at our concerts with the daily news of a dozen global conflicts and their horrific consequences. I don't know how to process the feeling of guilt and complicity when I hear about the deaths of a civilian family from a U.S. drone strike. But I know that we can't let the sadness turn into apathy. And I do know we are better off when we reach out to each other.

"'I hope someday you'll join us...' Won't you listen to what the man said. -Eddie Vedder"

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    sotp
    I am with Vedder on this. The merciless killing of innocents should be stopped today at this very moment. Unfortunately lots of people consider a post like this one to be antisemitic. I assure you all that I am not.
    cyclonus
    Nothing antisemitic about wanting the deaths of innocents to end. Hamas are a pack of terrorist twats but Israel can't hide the fact their indiscriminate bombing of Gaza is taking the lives of civilians who have no part in the conflict. That's my take on the current fight anyhow, I don't know enough to get involved deeper into why the two regions hate each other that much
    redisni
    Nobody's denying Hamas. But truth is, they're the perfect excuse for the Sionists (not all israelis are Sionists, there's a huge opposition IN Israel as well, that's not covered by the media) But let's be objective here: -HAMAS fires projectiles at Israel: TRUE. But, they're makeshift mortar charges, maybe a couple of rockets, that can't even detonate properly, because they don't have the resources of technology. -Israel, on the other hand, uses top-of-the-line war technology. That's a historical fact. But, they prefer going berserk, killing children, man and women who have absolutely no part in that, when they could simply pick their targets with accuracy (which they obiously don't).
    toxin9
    not true. hamas smuggled high tech rockets that have a 100 mile radius and more ! more than 400 missiles have been launched at israel and every day there are sirens all over israel because of the many missles hamas launches, get your facts right!
    TheWhiteKeys101
    Source?
    toxin9
    look it up. the gaza strip is at least 100, 120 kilometers far from cities it bombes so it cant be some shitty missle that doesn't hurt anything. look it up anywhere you want hamas smuggled high tech missiles from Egyp.
    TheWhiteKeys101
    You can't even spell correctly. How can I take you seriously?
    toxin9
    if you want to live in denial you are welcomed to. if you want to get educated and actually know something about this war you can simply look it up-it's true. i don't see why a few mistakes in my spelling should change what is true. IT IS A FACT THAT THESE MISSILES ARE HIGH TECH AND HAVE A VERY WIDE RADIUS OF IMPACT
    Best7
    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/07/rocket-dea... Total fatalities in the history of rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza into Israel: 28 Already, over 100 Palestinian people have died just in this latest conflict. I think you need to realise what that difference means, before you make out its even.
    toxin9
    so you're saying that because the fatalities are low israel should just ignore being fired at? constantly? many many times everyday? would you ignore such a thing if it was happening to you?
    Best7
    What I'm saying is, Palestine do not have high tech missiles that have a very wide range of impact, as you are saying. The death toll for Palestine has now passed 500. How many Israelis have died?
    toxin9
    also it's not true that israel pick their target without accuracy. hamas uses it's citizens as human shields, firing missiles from hospitals and schools and that is also a fact! most of their leaders are in hiding and it's hard to kill them. also the israeli army notifies the citizens of a region that they are about to attack. human life is a priority but the hamas uses it and use it's citizens as human shiels.
    INstaNt-RocK
    Uses them as human shields? Don't be absurd. Israelis tell themselves that to make themselves feel better about the fact that they're firing rockets, powerful enough to level a city block, into an area the size of Washington DC, with a population density twice as high as the centre of Rome.
    DishonestJohn
    1)High tech. Yeah, sure. They may have a wide radius of impact, but nothing else. Otherwise, explain me why Qassam rockets killed only less than 15 people in 14 years of "war", and 0 during the last days of bombing. How can we even call it "war", when one side suffered no deaths and the other (the side whose land was stolen, btw) cried over 200 killed, mostly civilians, often kids and women. 2)Israel doesk pick their targets. Oh, is not true? So tell me why they make a phone call (or send an sms) to the people living in the buildings they are goin' to bomb to say "hey guys, get out of the building in 30 seconds, or die". I'm with the palestinian reistance. What would you do if your land and your rights were stolen,out of the blue, by a foreign invader? Tough this, I didn't like when they use to use kamikaze attacks against civilian targets. But now, when it is about reacting with uneffective rockets to a high tech and full force bombing, well, I se only the desperate try of a people that have seen everything stolen from them (including tons of lives). So, I have no doubt about who is on the wrong side, here.
    toxin9
    the only reason israel have less casualties is because of a device located in many places in israel that shoots out their rocket. it costs about 200 thousand dollars to shoot out only one of their rockets and even then the percentage of success is pretty low and that's why property is being destroyed in israel and a man died.
    toxin9
    so you can keep filling the blanks your self and think that you are right speculating that israel is shooting gaza for fun or you can actually learn facts and here both side's story and understand that it's not so black and white. arabs are not the enemy and i want peace more than anything. hamas is the enemy. it is a fact that the arabs in the gaza strip are living in a reign of terror and they can't object their leaders. hamas uses them as human shields (as you can see in the link i posted or look it up yourself). hamas doesn't build shelters for its people. and israel can't just ignore being bombed every day. i agree that peace is the ultimate solution that everyone must act towards but peace is something both sides (most of them) want but hamas doesn't.
    UncleBluck
    Vedder never mentioned Israel. He could have easily been talking about Russia/Ukraine....I think that this whole episode says more about Israel and their obvious paranoia that comes to the surface every time they engage in one of their revenge outings...
    toxin9
    of course he was talking about israel if that was true he would've said something about the fact that he wasn't talking about israel in his response
    tomba93
    What the hell you mean by saying "Zionist"? Every Jewish Israeli person considers himself "Zionist", which means - the belief in the right of the Jews to live in an independent country in the land of Israel. Nothing else.... Let's continue by saying that HAMAS' GOAL IS TO KILL ISRAELI CITIZENS. It is a part of their ideology - to delete the Jewish country from the map. Everyone needs to know that. The rockets they have, were funded and manufactured by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah. Iran spends billions of dollars every year in order to supply Hamas with weapons, rockets, missiles and mortars, and in order to train youngsters how to become suicide bombers. ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DEFEND ITSELF FROM TERROR. What would you do if your country suffered hundreds of rockets everyday? 70% of the Israeli population is threatened by the Hamas. Most of the Israeli and Palestinian population wants peace, but peace cannot be achieved with this terror organization, which rules Gaza. Yesterday Israel suspended strikes in Gaza for six hours, in order to stop the violence. The Hamas continued firing rockets. Hamas uses civilian buildings for military purposes. Just today, the UN found rockets in a UNRA school they founded in Gaza... The IDF does it's best in order to minimize harm to Palestinian citizens. The IDF only carries out preemptive strikes in order to kill terrorists, but they use citizens as their human shields. Today, the UN requested a humanitarian window in Gaza. Israel agreed, but Hamas took the opportunity to attack its cities. Please, be real. It's really sad when people talk about things they know nothing about.....
    INstaNt-RocK
    1. Groups like Hamas and Hezbollah only exist due to Israeli land grabbing. Such as in the Six Day War and that disastrous attempt to invade Lebanon. 2. Hamas were never approached about a ceasefire. Let's be real here, Egypt may have aligned itself with the Palestinians in the past, but the current president despises them as Hamas have close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. If you want evidence, consider the fact that the Egyptian government blew up all secret tunnels between the two countries (tunnels which formed the basis of Gaza's economy.It was Matti Peled who said that until the Palestinians are given their own fairly sized and sovereign state, Israel should expect nothing less than terrorist acts perpetrated by people who see no other option to fight for the land that was taken from them. Stop this mindless bloodshed by giving the Palestinians the land and rights they deserve.
    tomba93
    Nonsense. 1) In November 29, 1947, the UN proposed a partition of the of the British Mandate in Palestine into two independent states: an Arab state and a Jewish state. THIS PLAN WAS ACCEPTED BY THE JEWISH PUBLIC. ARAB LEADERS REJECTED THE PLAN, AND STARTED A WAR AGAINST THE NEWLY BORN STATE, declaring that "We will sweep them the Jews into the sea". This was the Israeli Independence war, and 5 different nations attacked the newly born state, but Israel made it. Read it up, it's all in wikipedia (and history books). 2) HAMAS -WERE- APPROACHED ABOUT A CEASEFIRE. Twice. Yesterday Egypt actually released a declaration which criticized Hamas as the organization responsible for this war, because they said no for ceasefire. ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT had at least 10 different negotiations for peace in the last decade. The Palestinians rejected them all. Israel even agreed giving them the whole West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and to give up Israeli settlements, but still - the answer is no. They won't agree with the existence of a Jewish state and they want 100% of the land. Khaled Mashal, the leader of the Hamas: "Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded". The countries of the free world - US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, etc. - support Israel's right to exist. IF YOU SUPPORT HAMAS, YOU SUPPORT THE ELIMINATION OF THE JEWISH STATE.
    INstaNt-RocK
    Nonsense. 1. The Palestinians, with a population twice the size of the Israeli's, were offered a smaller share of the land. That's a complete joke. This was closely followed by the expulsion of Arabs living within the new borders at the point of a gun. The Palestinian forces responded in kind. for this. 2. Consider the fact that even IDF sources acknowledge that at despite Egypt's proclamations of war, the Egyptian army (by far the largest army in the conflict) was woefully under prepared, and wouldn't be operable for at least a year. Israel launched attacks on them so that they would never pose a threat. 2. You seem to suggest all this aggression towards Israel is unwarranted. Ever heard of the terrorist Abu Nidal? Nidal's family were once rich, owning large orange groves in Palestine before the division of Palestine. Around 20% of all oranges sold in markets throughout Palestine and neighbouring countries in the region came from his family's groves. On the creation of the new state his family's land and home were seized, and they fled to a refugee camp. They had lost everything.I believe the phrase is 'you reap what you sow'. 3. As for your statements about Egypt's peace deal, see my original comment. The past 'peace' agreements have basically called for the Palestinians to give up any claim to any of the in Israel/Palestine. In 2000, had they agreed, they would have been allowed just 22% of their original land. Which is even less than they have now! Give the Palestinians Israeli settlements? Bullshit. Let me be clear, I don't support Hamas, and I wholeheartedly believe in the Jewish people's right to a state. However I do believe in cause and effect. You can't really expect to keep an entire population in a refugee camp for half a century and not expect them to remain completely placid. As I said before, of you want to stop this madness, give the Palestinians the state they deserve.
    tomba93
    Nonsense. 1) In November 29, 1947, the UN proposed a partition of the of the British Mandate in Palestine into two independent states: an Arab state and a Jewish state. THIS PLAN WAS ACCEPTED BY THE JEWISH PUBLIC. ARAB LEADERS REJECTED THE PLAN, AND STARTED A WAR AGAINST THE NEWLY BORN STATE, declaring that "We will sweep them the Jews into the sea". This was the Israeli Independence war, and 5 different nations attacked the newly born state, but Israel made it. Read it up, it's all in wikipedia (and history books). 2) HAMAS -WERE- APPROACHED ABOUT A CEASEFIRE. Twice. Yesterday Egypt actually released a declaration which criticized Hamas as the organization responsible for this war, because they said no for ceasefire. ISRAEL AND THE PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT had at least 10 different negotiations for peace in the last decade. The Palestinians rejected them all. Israel even agreed giving them the whole West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and to give up Israeli settlements, but still - the answer is no. They won't agree with the existence of a Jewish state and they want 100% of the land. Khaled Mashal, the leader of the Hamas: "Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded". The countries of the free world - US, Canada, Australia, UK, France, Germany, etc. - support Israel's right to exist. IF YOU SUPPORT HAMAS, YOU SUPPORT THE ELIMINATION OF THE JEWISH STATE.
    Ryst-117
    It's also sad when someone talks about things they only know something about
    Das_Skittles
    Not all Jews are Zionists. In fact, some the most outspoken critics of Zionism are orthodox. If you're going to post JIDF talking points, at least attempt to base them in reality instead of making shit up to support your misguided ideals.
    sideslick
    Hamas uses kidnapped women and children as human shields for their acts of terrorism. What they lack in technology, they similarly lack in moral-compass. I'm not defending Israel for their current shelling and bombing of the Gaza-strip, but I sure-as-hell won't defend Hamas. All parties are terrible.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Except 1) they aren't "going beserk", 2) they specifically sent out thousands of leaflets to the civilian population of Gaza, 3) Hamas routinely hides within masses of uninvolved civilians; 4) Hamas has refused all cease-fire attempts from Israel. Honestly, it sounds like you'd be doing yourself a favor listening to a CNN report on this issue for 30 minutes or something.
    SOAD94
    Fun fact: Semitic just doesn't mean Jewish. It encompasses a wide range of people from the Middle East.
    sotp
    Yes indeed, it's unfortunate that most people aren't aware of this fact.
    eclecticragnar
    It's wrong that whenever someone criticises Israel they get called anti-Semitic. Not everyone who is Jewish is Israeli and not everyone who is Israeli is Jewish. Vedder is right to speak up. He's not stirring hate, he's just criticising a government.
    Jazz1992
    It's disgusting really, you say one word against the political agenda of Israel (note: political agenda, not the people), and they immediately try to brand you as an antisemite. Also, in Israel, is being anti-war = being antisemite? Because he did not side with anyone in that conflict, he's against the conflict in the first place for f**k's sake.
    shutupandsee
    Nobody said he's anti-Semitic. People said so against Roger Waters because he put a Star of David on a pig and wore Nazi-like clothes while doing so.
    dewitt
    I'm pretty sure it's a combination of his views on the matter mixed with the fact that he said the land doesn't belong to them. If he says it's not their land, he's saying their religious beliefs are wrong (which could be accurate but is still an incredibly generous assessment... he surely is speaking in geographic and worldly matters, not religious land grants).
    The_Wilrus
    Am I missing something but I don't think Vedder mentions Isreal at any moment in the above "rant". Everyone else seems to be jumping to these conclusions in an effort to defend what ever war they are behind.
    shutupandsee
    It's the Hamas who doesn't wants the cease-fire. The leaders of the Hamas and PLO, who started the war, are using the money they get from the war to stay even more days in the most expansive hotel they found and to get more lands at ridiculous prices just so they could get more money. And at what price? Their own citizens. If fingers has to be pointed at, it's the Hamas and PLO. And their weaponry is much more advanced then you think, just a few days ago they sent an unmaned-drone into Israel but luckily the IDF succeeded to shoot it down. The IDF aborts most of the attacks due to seeing non-hostile people. Why are those people there? Because the Hamas told them. They hold them from their balls. They are calling their citizens to do so, forcing them. And don't get me wrong, I don't want any side to suffer from anything.
    INstaNt-RocK
    Spoken like someone whose knowledge of the issue stretches as far as the newspaper headlines.
    crazysam23_Atax
    Oh, brother. If you studied the history of this particular conflict, INstaNt-RocK, you would know he is right.
    Manlygaga
    I will respect every opinion as long as they know these 3 basic facts: -Hamas are terrorist; they want Israel dead and won't mind killing you guys as well. -They are hiding in civilian lands, hospitals, houses and basically use everyone they can as human shields so that every assault against them will result in killing innocent people and cause the media to riot. Look it up: Hamas built thier bunker under the Shifra hospital in Gaza. -Before bombing, Israel usually gives the civilians a notice in advance (by dropping fliers and recenlty by taking over local radio stations) , Hamas threatens to kill them if they leave. As long as you can keep your arguments consistent with these facts, they are indeed valid and worthy of hearing. If you can find a way to stop Hamas peacfully I wont LOVE to hear it, I would love that way to actually exist so that this whole story could end without more suffering. I am an Israeli civilian and personally i believe that Eddie was being more anti war than anti Israel. He is absolutry right, merciless killing of innocents should be stopped, but it cannot be stopped as long as these terrorists rule Gaza and I dont think that Eddie realises the full depth of this situation. Here hoping you wont base my entire arguement on the claim of one sideness... Cheers
    Ryst-117
    Ignoring the issues with your facts... It's worth to note why this conflict initially started. Supposedly to save the kidnapped Israeli boys, yet it's now been admitted that they knew the boys were dead even as they went in so heavy handedly to the Gaza strip to save them. By the time this was realised on wider spread the killing had begun and it's descended into reprisals, tit for tat, and media panic once more.
    the_hoodster
    Vedder doesn't even mention Israel
    TheLiberation
    I actually think a lot of the time the Islamic terrorists are the first cause of the violence in Israel/Palestine, but if he did not even say anything about Israel and they were the first one to protest, the first thing that comes to my mind is "guilty conscience". I barely know the band or the man to be honest, but in my opinion what he said is one of the smartest and truest things I've read in a while.
    third(-)eye
    Exactly. He didn't call out either side. He just ****ing said "man, I wish people would stop killing each other." Who can't get behind that?
    TheLiberation
    Hardline conservatists (of any variety, whether in suits or wielding AK47s, they're not very different), apparently. Either side seems to have plenty of those, which is why peace seems so far away there, and everywhere where such nutcases reach power.