Eddie Vedder has posted an open letter on the Pearl Jam website after Israeli newspapers took his curse-filled anti-war rant at a show last Friday in England to be an anti-Israel speech.
The Jerusalem Post labeled the speech an "anti-Israel diatribe" that proved Vedder sided with Palestine. Vedder's letter, titled "Imagine That - I'm Still Anti-War" doesn't address those specific claims, but he does write, "When attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert, we are reflecting the feelings of all those we have come in contact with so we may all have a better understanding of each other. That's not something I'm going to stop anytime soon. Call me naive. I'd rather be naive, heartfelt and hopeful than resigned to say nothing for fear of misinterpretation and retribution. The majority of humans on this planet are more consumed by the pursuit of love, health, family, food and shelter than any kind of war. War hurts. It hurts no matter which sides the bombs are falling on."
In Vedder's original speech -- which mentioned no specific countries -- he said, "I swear to God, there are 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. They should get the f--- out and mind their own business."
Just before leading the band into a cover of Edwin Starr's "War," Vedder told the crowd how human beings all have the same desires and goals -- "to have our children, eat, procreate, draw a painting, make some art, listen to music, [procreate] some more, have another baby, eat, work, eat, work, love, love, love. Everyone's the same! So why are people at war? Stop [it] now! Now! Now!"