Massive Attack band dedicates Lebanon gig to Gaza children


Gaza  occupied since 48

Byblos, Lebanon – Influential British band Massive Attack dedicated their only Middle East gig to the children of Gaza, openly condemning Israel’s “massacre” of the Palestinians.

As the band played in Byblos, in Lebanon, just a few hundred kilometres north of Gaza, swaying music-lovers on July 29 night held up Palestinian flags as Massive Attack issued a rare, explicit condemnation of Israel’s offensive.

In an exclusive interview with AFP, frontman Robert Del Naja said: “This bombardment of an area that is one of the most densely-populated on earth, where civilians aren’t allowed to leave, is just beyond belief.”

Referring to Israel, he said backstage: “In order to protect yourself, do you really want to massacre another people? In the 21st century, it’s beyond belief.” Del Naja, whose Bristol band has enjoyed huge success since the early 1990s, slammed the world’s inaction.

“The politicians, they stay silent. It’s perverse, it almost suggests they’re not fit for office,” he said. The band accompanied their tracks with a shower of messages flashing on a huge black screen, expressing solidarity not only with the Palestinians, but also with Syrian refugees and with Christians forced by jihadists to flee Iraq.

“Gaza has been occupied or under restrictions since 1948,” flashed the screen as Massive Attack played their signature track, Unfinished Sympathy. “8 July Israel starts Operation Protective Edge. Population of Gaza: 1,816,000. Israeli death toll 60. Civilians 7. Palestinian dead 1,200. Civilians 864.

In a long history of activism, the band publicly opposed the US and UK-led 2003 Iraq invasion. “Far from making the world a safer place, it was the complete opposite,” said Del Naja.

The concert, which wowed an audience of thousands in the ancient port town of Byblos, just north of Beirut, came after a visit by Del Naja and Grant Marshall to the Palestinian camp of Burj al-Barajneh, in the Lebanese capital.

Part of the concert’s proceeds will go to Al-Nakab Centre for Youth Activities, an association working in the camp.

Lebanon is home to nearly half a million Palestinians, descendants of people forced to flee their homes during the establishment of Israel in 1948.

Decades on, many still live in insalubrious UN-run camps dotted across the country. Mohammad, a young volunteer from the camp, told AFP their Burj al-Barajneh hosts were “very happy that foreigners were in solidarity”, even though not everyone there knew the group.

“Those who did know them, however, were amazed that Massive Attack was with us,” Mohammad said.

For Del Naja, the visit to the camp “was humbling… It changes your perspective, especially being in Downtown Beirut where it looks like Miami… You go into the camp, and there’s 45,000 people packed up into a square kilometre.” The band, which has refused to play in Israel in protest, has been criticised for its outspokenness.

“But this is the world of the democratic, Internet, technological revolution… This is democracy in action… If I’m told to shut up because I’m a musician, that’s crazy,” he said.

Hurriyet Daily /AFP



59 responses to “Massive Attack band dedicates Lebanon gig to Gaza children”

  1. Wasn’t Gaza Strip under Egyptian occupation from 1948 to 1967? Thus, are they also indirectly blaming others or only Israel for this occupation of Gaza?

    1. master09 Avatar

      It’s a good cheap way to make money these days, support the Palestinians and hate Israel and money gets thrown at you . Lol they will now get a name for themselves, like they really know the real facts about the wars.

      1. Israel puts its civilians first in that more soldiers die defending them than civilians are killed. Hamas on the other hand, hides in bunkers and allows civilians to get killed since Hamas only looks after its own survival at all costs. The civilians are left to fend on their own. Fanatical religious groups only value the lives of those that are 100% their members. They don’t care about others that aren’t from their specific group.

      2. I hope your theory is right Master I need to raise $11000 for a Toco toucan. ”

        Here we Go, I hate israel, Kill all jews, push the button and wipe them all out, death to the zionists bastards!!

        I will let you know how I do by the end of the day :)D

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          If I could afford an American dollar, I’d send one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

          1. Cheap Jew! =)D Us and canuck $ are pretty much the same these days. if it was a collection plate for single malt scotch you would have emptied your wallet HoHOHo ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. 5thDrawer Avatar

            92 cents last I tried to send some to ‘the friends’ … but then, that stuff is ‘controlled’ by the US company … ‘Western’ ;-))))))
            My brother is growing sunflowers this year … give me an address and I’ll send an empty Glen bottle full of those seeds. ๐Ÿ˜‰
            And that’s not cheap … our post office charges more and is trying to dump as many workers as yours is. :-)))))

        2. master09 Avatar

          How much have WE made anything over 11 grand is my comm.

          1. My collection plate Is as empty as a bride’s Pagamas lol I guess I was not convincing enough that I want to kill all the jews to make the world a perfect place. no worries Master I did put credit aside long ago for your volunteer work and if the opportunity comes some day Geo cooking and screaming birds will be in order ๐Ÿ™‚

          2. master09 Avatar

            Never stop. I will one day make it up and a few xtra for 5th Irish drop. Lol
            Charity is easy because it comes from the heart. Screaming birds better than screaming humans.

          3. Anti ISIS Avatar
            Anti ISIS

            And screaming humans are better arrogant scum bags like you.

          4. master09 Avatar

            Good come back how old are you. Lol

          5. Anti ISIS Avatar
            Anti ISIS

            I though you’d like it. lol.

      3. Anti ISIS Avatar
        Anti ISIS

        No No No, the only one who knows facts about wars are you. The saver of the innocent with all that charity work you have done. Pathetic is what you are. I can tell your not a bad person Master, however geez you can be full of shit sometimes.

        1. master09 Avatar

          Yes yes I just had some falafel so I better go.
          But what makes me laugh what you say is not rite. Just the Jew lovers like me. Lol
          2. I did not say I know about war but I have seen ALL sides commit crimes and child killing. But you still do not give me an answer why Syrian government can kill thousands of KIDS and you guys say NOTHING. Give me an answer to make me learn more.

          1. Anti ISIS Avatar
            Anti ISIS

            No I get why you can be so full of it sometimes. It’s all the Falafel you eat. :-))

          2. master09 Avatar

            No because I ask ??? And get no reply because it says the truth and you and com run away from these simple ??? So I eat falafel to try get some answers from behind rather than cowards who run from ???? Because its talking about something fact and the people you follow. Lol ::::::)))))))))))))) so loud.
            Reply to one ? And stop ignoring like a child and riting comments that have nothing to do with the subject and attacks, be a man or a women and prove me wrong I challenge you to prove me wrong in a goooood listener. I guess you will disappear for a while know I put this to you like your troll hind.

          3. Anti ISIS Avatar
            Anti ISIS

            So you have witnessed first hand the Syrians regime killing 180,000 woman and children, have you master. Proof my friend. Which something you do not have except what the main stream media spins to you. And I tell you what, you are very good at lapping it up. My advice to you is if you are going to make such bald statement, you should come with some hard evidence. Not shit that the media brainwashes you with.

    2. Yes, Arab occupied from 1948 to 1967, but the concert ignoramuses forgot about this.

  2. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
    Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Israel is the toilet bowl of the inhuman bastards, where faeces and vomit combine to form the basis of Zionist ideologies. Enjoy your grab on evil it won’t be long before it bites you.

    1. MekensehParty Avatar

      wow Maborlz take it easy, there are a lot of inhuman bastards in this world, no need to single out one of a thousand.

      1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
        Maborlz Ez-Hari

        I am singling out evil, not the Jew nor the others. I am highlighting the common factor, the evil is shared amongst these tribes and where there is evil you will find a Zionist. There is more common ground found between these groups than meets the eye. Zionists and the extremists share profoundly similar traits, making them of the same substance acting in the same manner following the same direction leading people into exile, despair, pain, suffering, hunger and so on. I care to express my opinion because it is unbiased and free from any hidden agenda. I am not directly involved in any of these disputes however, it is everyones duty to do a little when required.

        1. MekensehParty Avatar

          Dislodging evil from human thinking is commendable and will eventually happen, first from the will of removing it from society and second because evil consumes itself by itself. When two peoples go to war, no matter where, no matter what nationalities, ethnicities or favorite underwear color, both peoples are led by a majority of evil persons. Those persons battle it out and both loose of their evilness.
          Yes, the current interpretation of Zionism is evil. The other side too has an equally evil agenda. They will keep battling it out until evil elements are weakened and peaceful minds will then prevail.
          The responsibility for all the atrocities is shared by leaders of both sides AND the civilians who support them.

  3. sweetvirgo Avatar

    It’s not only the Palestians who are suffering. There is a war that stretches across the middle east into Africa. What about what’s going on in Iraq? Syria?? Nigeria?? Speak against these terriost groups. They do more harm to innocent people

  4. Igor Chingoski Avatar
    Igor Chingoski

    I am going to explain something to You inhuman bastards like MekensehParty:
    Israel is killing the People of Gaza because they elected democraticaly Hamas a group that is natural enemy of Fatah, Fatah is the group that was created by the bastard Yasser Arafat, This is the group who invaded Lebanon and killed Thousands of Christian Children, Priests, Women and Men,

    Fatah is the Group that negotiates with Israel by means of Mahmoud Abbas, He is the political face of Israel Fatah is the corrupted and deceitful tool of Israel, Hamas never attacked Lebanon,

    Gaza is been prisoner since 1948 isolated from the World, They only want to have access to the most elemental things like water and food, Gaza is drowning is shit from the sewers of Israel, Gaza has so many inhabitants that is hard to breath, Israel is making an ethnic cleansing to get more land.

    Many bastards in this site are trying to confuse You, stick to one rule, it was Fatah who attacked Lebanon!!! don’t let others to mix Shit with Honey, there is a lot of Scribes from Israel in this site and around the World trying to confuse Your mind so they can manipulate You like a Puppet, and then they will laugh of Your ingnorance and call You SUCKER!

    1. Maborlz Ez-Hari Avatar
      Maborlz Ez-Hari

      Bravo Igor, bravo. You display an understanding superior to the masses of chahniking donkeys typically found expressing their misinformed opinions on this site. Your wisdom is often like a breath of fresh air, and hits the spot second to none. Allow us to read on a regular basis the truths you so cleverly bring forward to this arena. Lets not single out the heinous Jew but all who usurpe to cause conflicts and grief.

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar


  5. Leborigine Avatar

    Is it ironic that “Massive Attack” are condemning the israeli attacks??

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Is it ironic that’s the name of a ‘band’ (it seems) promoting ‘peace’?
      (‘The Beatles’ seemed more likely a name for some rhythm to dance to ….)

  6. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Used to be able to have concerts in Baalbeck ….

  7. in Mosul one of the “Hezbollah” warlords killed

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      Good one. Just like Lebanese Skiiers should not be modelling for money to try to make the Olympics … in a country where women can’t get a descent job … or be backed by a gov’t.
      (delete ‘descent’ if you wish)

  8. cook2half Avatar

    Haganah, Irgun and Lehi should have finished the job

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