SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian Weighs in on Israel/Palestine Conflict
Putting aside his own band's inner-turmoil, System of a Down frontman Serj Tankian decided to address the conflict happening between Israel and Palestine. The current crisis began when three Israeli students were kidnapped last month and later found murdered. The resulting fighting between Israel and Palestine can be read about in greater depth right here.
Tankaian took to his social networking pages to implore for peace:
It’s time to end this misery, known as the Israeli Occupation of Gaza and the West Bank. Occupied Tears, from my solo record Harakiri, was written about this and the hypocrisy of a people who have gone through the horrible atrocities of the Holocaust now serving as occupiers of another people. John Kerry and the US had been placing a lot of pressure to restart the peace negotiations. Hamas and the Palestinian Authority united to negotiate as one. Netenyahu tried to separate them but couldn’t. Eventually the kidnappings served as a political excuse to recapture released Palestinian political prisoners by Israel. Hamas fired rockets in response and Israel got off the hook on having to make permanent peace by invading Gaza and changing the conversation from permanent peace to temporary truce.
One more thing: calls for anti-semitism should never be used to cloak honest discussion of these issues especially here in the US.
Let me know what you think as well.
Over 500 comments have been written on Serj's Facebook in response to his statement, arguing for both sides. Sadly, a resolution won't be as easy as leaving a comment on a Facebook page. As cheesy as it sounds, why can't we all just get along?