DISTURBED'S DAVID DRAIMAN ACCUSES MEDIA OF SETTING STAGE FOR 'NEW HOLOCAUST'
Disturbed singer David Draiman issued a series of remarks via Twitter over the past few days in which he blasted the "mainstream media" for its "biased, libelous, and often erroneous portrayal of Israel" in the current conflict in Gaza. He accused a number of the world's biggest news organizations of "set(ting) the stage for a new Holocaust."
Draiman, who has extensive family in Israel, including his brother and grandmother, wrote, "The mainstream media's biased, libelous, and often erroneous portrayal of Israel in the current conflict has fueled a wave of anti-Semitism, the likes of which I have not witnessed in my lifetime. Well done, CNN, BBC, Reuters (and) MSNBC, you've set the stage for a new Holocaust."
He continued, "Maybe you'd be happy/satisfied when the extremist nutbags you defend so much, who eagerly martyr their own children who chant for the death of all Jews, not just the Israeli's, and whose ethics, morals and values stand diametrically opposed to your own liberal views of freedom of religion, gay marriage, pro choice, and even democracy itself, strip the region of the only bastion of true liberty that exists in the region. Well, guess what? Never again. Jews aren't so easy to f*** with anymore."
Draiman told us a while back that he has no problem voicing his beliefs and opinions on Twitter: "I will never, ever apologize for being passionate about the things that I believe in, and it is just that, it is just an opinion, and people don't have to share my opinion. I'm never preaching those opinions to anyone, but I try to give people an insight to the way I think and the way I believe and the way I feel about things."
The current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian governing body and terrorist organization Hamas began on July 8th. It has claimed more than 1,800 Palestinian lives as as well as 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.
Both of Draiman's maternal grandparents were survivors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, while many others on his mother's side were wiped out by the Nazis.
Draiman himself spent part of his childhood and teen years in Israel, and studied to be a rabbi at one point.
Disturbed went on an open-ended hiatus in 2011, and has not indicated when it plans to return. Draiman released an album with his new band Device last year, while also becoming a father for the first time to a son named Samuel.
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