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Peter Gabriel pro-Gaza, not anti-Israel

Genesis front man says he is not anti-Semitic, but is against oppression and occupation

Peter Gabriel performing at the 2011 Skoll Awards. (photo credit: CC BY-Araujojoan96, Wikipedia)
Peter Gabriel performing at the 2011 Skoll Awards. (photo credit: CC BY-Araujojoan96, Wikipedia)

Singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel has come together with other musicians for an album to benefit Gaza, but insists he is not against Israel, just “anti-occupation.”

The album, called “2 Unite All,” is produced by Project Peace on Earth, and features songs from 26 artists to raise money for humanitarian aid organizations working in the Gaza Strip.

Gabriel, who is best known as the front man of the 1980s progressive rock group Genesis, has never shied away from mixing politics and music and has become an outspoken critic of Israeli policies in recent years.

“Although I am sure both the Palestinian and Israeli people would benefit enormously from a just and fair two-state agreement based around the ’67 borders, we have watched the Palestinians subjected to more and more suffering for far too long, especially in Gaza,” Gabriel said in a press release on the album’s website.

“Meanwhile their long held land is repeatedly stolen by force for illegal settlements. I am not and have never been anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic; I am anti-Israeli government policy, anti-injustice, anti-oppression and anti-occupation,” his statement continued.

Serj Tankian, the lead singer of metal band System of a Down, spoke of his decision to participate, saying, “Helping to rebuild the lives of Palestinians in Gaza is a necessary and noble worldwide humanitarian prerogative that we must not shy away from. It’s the least we can do for a people that have suffered under an occupation, embargo, and invasion.”

Other artists on the album include Stewart Copeland of The Police, Rick Allen of Def Leppard, Porl Thompson of The Cure, and Grammy Award-winning singer Sasha Cooke.

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