Jello Biafra goes to Israel and asks questions
Jello Biafra goes to Israel and asks questions

Jello Biafra, the former frontman of the Dead Kennedys, and current fronting his latest and best project since the DKs whose recent gig at Rebellion punk festival was one of the best I’ve seen this year, recently and controversially went to play a gig in Israel. of course, being Jello, it didn’t end up like that. The gig never happened and there was big debate on the internet on whether jello should have gone in the first place.

Jello Biafra goes to Israel and asks questions
Jello Biafra goes to Israel and asks questions

The whole trip was more complex than a grab the money gig- it was quite the opposite and jello has written a brilliant blog about it questioning whether not going actually works, questioning the whole middle east situation as well as observing many of the strange idiosyncrasies you get in these endless stand offs with Jello’s one week trip around Israel and Palestine where he spoke to people from both sides.

It’s a thought provoking and brilliant piece of writing…I urge you to go there now.

What do you think? was Jello wrong or right to got there? do boycotts work? what can the thinking person do about the situation in the middle east? is there a solution?

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. NECESSARY reading. The cartoonist/journalist Joe Sacco has produced insightful and, if you enjoy comics, beautiful work about the issues that Jello raises, in his books ‘Palestine’ and ‘Footnotes In Gaza’. They provide further helpful explanation and also help to amplify and clarify the history of the modern conflict – they’re also stunning to look at.
    I’m left none the clearer as to my own opinions. having lived in South Africa as a kid, I recognise the same mindset and tactics that were used to oppress the majority black population there with those being used by the Isreali religious and political zealots against the Palestinians (separate ‘homelands’, third-rate living standards, economic oppression, bigotry, terrorists in tanks, kids shot by helicopter gunships, a rigged ‘justice’ system etc.). Yet, who could support the suicide bombing of civilians or the firing of rockets into suburban areas?
    In my own experience, some of the most committed pro-apartheid supporters were British or other foreign immigrants. The most ‘zionist’ Zionists often seem to be British or American Jews – or their loony rapture-crazed Christian ‘friends’.
    There should be a place for open dialogue to take place between all those who want a civilised solution to this uncivilised problem. Maybe it could involve actually going to Isreal to do the talking?
    Anyways, thankfully we still have Jello!


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