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Stars Cancel Israel Events As Violence Escalates, Some Do Worse

Some musicians have cancelled Israeli concert dates because of the escalation in violence. One musician launched into a very public and expletive-filled denunciation of Israel.
Eddie Vedder of the rock alternative band Pearl Jam, cursing out Israel at a concert in London on July 11, 2014.

Eddie Vedder of the rock alternative band Pearl Jam, cursing out Israel at a concert in London on July 11, 2014.
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The consequences of the ongoing barrage of terrorist rocket fire, the uptick in retaliatory bombings by the Israel Air Force and now the IDF ground invasion into Gaza continue to ripple, even to the world of rock music.

Police cancelled an historic concern by rock legend Neil Young, scheduled for Thursday night in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon, citing fears of a rocket attack on the crowd, expected to have topped 40,000. In response to the cancellation, the singer donated money to two music charities, one Israeli and one Palestinian Arab, as a hopeful gesture towards peace.

In addition, folk rock band America also canceled an August 7 concert in Ra’anana because of the violence between Gaza and Israel.

In a shocking display of hatred and crudity, Eddie Vedder of the rock band Pearl Jam, launched into a crude attack on stage last Friday, July 11. In the middle of his concert in England, Vedder began ranting about a nearby violent conflict, where “people are looking for a reason to kill,” and who “go across borders to take land that doesn’t belong to them.”

Although Vedder never mentioned the names Israel or Gaza, his thinly-veiled reference to the “Jewish lobby” was unmistakable.

“We don’t want to give them our money,” the 49-year-old Vedder screamed at a concert last Friday. “We don’t want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children! Now! No more! Now!”, and then proceeded to wail an anti-war song.

Following the performance, Vedder and some of his fans have engaged in disingenuous explanations, including on the musician’s Facebook page.

Here is a video of the performance. Vedder’s expletive-laden rant against Israel begins at the 4:20 mark on the video. WARNING: There is rapid-fire, repetitive cursing in and surrounding the anti-Israel attack.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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10 Responses to “Stars Cancel Israel Events As Violence Escalates, Some Do Worse”

  1. Let them cancel. Facebook pages delete legitimate and non-biased information while terrorist links remain intact. We keep trying to inform people of facts and our side of every story and few people seem to really listen. Bottom line: Does anyone want to do anything about anti-Semitism and Jew Hatred? In our MODERN world, it does not seem so

  2. GOD BLESS+PROTECT YOUR.
    CHILDREN OF ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD. LOVES HIS COUNTRY.
    AND HIS CHILDREN..
    WE LOVE YOU +STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF

  3. Dani Katz says:

    And this is why Israel needs to go in, clean up the mess, make not just the south but ALL of Israel safe from the reach of rockets from Gaza so that life can get back to normal for Israelis, for tourists and for visiting musicians and artists.

    These rocket attacks have been going on for way too long and the world in general has sat back and done NOTHING about it but has readily criticized Israel when it takes action to safeguard its citizens and then cries when innocents get hurt or killed and ignores completely the root cause of the problem and the fact that Israelis have been traumatized for years by these rocket attacks.

    At the end of the day Israel can rely only upon itself to take care of its citizens. That is the sad reality of life today when it comes to Israel specifically and Jews in general.

  4. Eddie Vedder should only speak when sober.

  5. I play guitar and sing , I don’t care about rockets when it comes to Praising HaShem. ADONI

  6. the putz shouldnt speak at all.

  7. the putz shouldnt speak at all.

  8. so horribly true.

  9. so horribly true.

  10. Eddie Vedder sounds like an idiot and anti-semit.Hope he looses fans!

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