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David Byrne publishes private Brian Eno email about ethnic cleansing in Israel

David Byrne publishes private Brian Eno email about ethnic cleansing in Israel

David Byrne has published an email he received from Brian Eno about the situation in Israel, and the Americans' lack of reaction to the travesties. The former Talking Heads man published Eno's email regarding the issue on his website, stating that he felt "a great responsibility to publish Brian's heavy, worthy note".

The letter begins: "Dear All of You. I sense I'm breaking an unspoken rule with this letter, but I can't keep quiet any more."

Eno then criticises United States for refusing to sign up to a UN commision into whether Israel is guilty of war crimes in Gaza. He asks, "What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But - for Christ's sake! - it's not that hard to find out.

"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. "

Eno also writes: "By the way, most of them are not ethnic Israelis - they're 'right of return' Jews from Russia and Ukraine and Moravia and South Africa and Brooklyn who came to Israel recently with the notion that they had an inviolable (God-given!) right to the land, and that '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."

Since 8 July, at least 1,360 Palestinians have been killed, most of whom were civilians. Israel justifies the killings by naming them as defense against military organisation Hamas. Over 50 Israelis have died, under 5 of which are civilians.

Read the full statement on David Byrne's website.


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