Warning: the following post contains strong language

Eddie Vedder made what has been widely interpreted as anti-Israel rant from the stage of Pearl Jam‘s concert in England on Friday night (July 11).

During “Daughter,” an emotional and possibly drunk Vedder asked the audience, “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. 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***ing time, not even that far away, they’re f***ing dropping bombs on each other. What the f***ing f***?”

His point that people are dropping bombs on each other is, at least, an acknowledgment that both sides in the Gaza Strip conflict have launched attacks.

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However, he goes on to denounce “Those who go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them,” which has been interpreted as an attack on Israel, and perhaps a historically inaccurate one, depending on who you ask.



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