Brian Eno Denounces Israel’s “Ethnic Cleansing,” Implicates U.S.


Compares actions to the Ku Klux Klan’s…

By Fred Mills

With the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza escalating by day and dominating international news, Brian Eno has now weighed in with the court of opinion, calling Israel’s Gaza incursion a “one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing” while condemning America for its “blind support.” Pitchfork reports that David Byrne has published a letter from his friend Eno, saying he received it from the musician and after sharing it around the office, “We all felt a great responsibility to publish Brian’s heavy, worthy note.”

Read the entire letter titled “Gaza and the Loss of Civilization” at Byrne’s website in order to get the accurate context; note that he’s writing out of horror at the violence, and that he has traveled to Israel in the recent past so he has witnessed the Israeli-Arab tensions firsthand. Among the comments Eno makes:

“Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY? I just don’t get it. I really hate to think its just the power of AIPAC… for if that’s the case, then your government really is fundamentally corrupt. No, I don’t think that’s the reason… but I have no idea what it could be… ‘Arab’ equates with ‘vermin’ – straightforward old-school racism delivered with the same arrogant, shameless swagger that the good ole boys of Louisiana used to affect. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It’s like sending money to the Klan.

 “The America I know and like is compassionate, broadminded, creative, eclectic, tolerant and generous. All of you symbolise those things for me. But which America is backing this horrible one-sided colonialist war? I can’t work it out: I know you’re not the only people like you, so how come all those voices aren’t heard or registered? How come it isn’t your spirit that most of the world now thinks of when it hears the word ‘America’? How bad does it look when the one country which more than any other grounds its identity in notions of Liberty and Democracy then goes and puts its money exactly where its mouthisn’t and supports a ragingly racist theocracy? 

“Like it or not, in the eyes of most of the world, America represents ‘The West’. So it is The West  that is seen as supporting this war, despite all our high-handed talk about morality and democracy. I fear that all the civilisational achievements of The Enlightenment and Western Culture are being discredited – to the great glee of the mad Mullahs – by this flagrant hypocrisy. The war has no moral justification that I can see  – but it doesn’t even have any pragmatic value either. It doesn’t make Kissingerian ‘Realpolitik’ sense: it just makes us look bad.”


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