Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic has backed Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder over his comments criticising the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
In a speech during Pearl Jam's recent show at Milton Keynes Bowl, Vedder said: "I swear to fucking 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 fuck out, and mind their own fucking business."
The comments were reported as "an anti-Israel diatribe" by The Jerusalem Post, but Vedder insisted he wasn't taking sides in any conflict. Before playing a cover of John Lennon's 'Imagine' during Pearl Jam's show in Lisbon on July 18, Vedder said: "If you're anti war, it doesn't mean you are pro one side or the other in a conflict."
Now, Novoselic has backed Vedder in a 5,500-word message on his blog. The Nirvana bassist, who campaigns for political reform, wrote: "The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band. In addition, both sides need to make hard decisions about finding a settlement to the catastrophe that is Israel/Palestine."
Novoselic said he hoped the conflict could eventually halt if both sides look toward "their shared recent history". He added:"Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world. Eddie has gotten some criticism over comments he made about the conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis. That situation has been messed up for so long, it is no wonder that even mentioning it is toxic. Let's face it, the relationship between the Palestinians and the Israelis is a disaster!"
Novoselic was reunited with Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl when he played bass on Foo Fighters' 2011 album 'Wasting Light'. He played with Grohl, Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and Paul McCartney on new song 'Cut Me Some Slack' for Grohl's 2012 film Sound City.