Krist Novoselic Defends Eddie Vedder With His Own Anti-War Essay
'It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band,' the bassist says
Although Eddie Vedder received some criticism for his impassioned anti-war rant at a concert in England -- some took his comments as "anti-Israel" -- friend and grunge compatriot Krist Novoselic is standing by him.
"Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world," the former Nirvana bassist wrote on his blog. "Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic."
Much like Vedder in his recent essay on Pearl Jam's website, Novoselic acknowledged that the volatile region is plagued by hard-to-resolve issues but said he refuses to grow apathetic.
"The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity," Novoselic wrote. "It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine. Thanks Eddie for sharing your feelings. I stand with you my friend!!!"
At the end of his blog post, Novoselic embedded a clip of John Lennon and Yoko Ono singing "Give Peace a Chance." Just last Friday, Vedder performed John Lennon's "Imagine" for the first time live at a solo concert in Portugal.