This is excellent. On Friday night, Pearl Jam played Buckinghamshire, England, and in its second encore did an old hit, Daughter, and at 4 minutes, Eddie Vedder began talking about Israel’s war on Gaza. Mentioning neither by name, he knows the f—ing story.
His speech begins after he reflects on the peaceful scene before him:
At the same time this positive is happening, at the same fucking time, not even that far away, fucking dropping bombs on each other. And I get if war is the last resort… I get it, I get it….
But I swear to fucking 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 fuck out and mind their own fucking business…
[They should make some art, listen to music… eat, work, love] Everyone’s the fucking same. So why are people at war. Stop the f— sh-t, now!
We don’t want to give them our money, they don’t get our taxes, to drop bombs on children. Now!
[Segueing into War’s antiwar anthem] War, what is it good for, absolutely nothing!
I see the Jerusalem Post has the story, as an “anti-Israel rant.” Yes, political culture is changing.