Musician/producer Brian Eno has taken a stance on the escalating Israel-Palestine conflict.

In a long letter published by David Byrne‘s website, the ambient music pioneer blasts Israel and the United States for the situation abroad.

Eno says U.S. taxpayers are funding Israel’s “racism” and compares Israel’s actions in Gaza to the Ku Klux Klan in the American South.

Speaking of the settler militias in Gaza, Eno 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. That is the culture our taxes are defending. It’s like sending money to the Klan.”

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On top of condemning Israel for their “racism,” Eno believes that they are responsible for “ethnic cleansing” and thinks the U.S. is to blame for not intervening. “Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing?,” he writes. “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.”



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