Paul Weller Shows Support For Palestine, Says Politicians Should Be “Ashamed”

“One minute you’re supplying bullets and bombs and guns, and then you’re sending over food. How does that work?”

Paul Weller has shown his support for Palestine, while insisting that Western politicians should be “ashamed” of their actions.

The songwriter has a long history of espousing left-wing causes, from The Jam’s ‘Eton Rifles’ through to the subtle nuance of his work with The Style Council. Recently helping to organise a show in Brighton to rally support for Jeremy Corbyn – guests included legendary songwriter and noted lefty Robert Wyatt – it seems that Paul Weller won’t be silent on Palestine.

Recent live shows for his ’66’ album have shown the singer appearing with a Palestinian flag draped on his guitar amp, and he’s expanded on this during an interview with the Observer.

Probed on the situation in Palestine, he responded: “Am I against genocides and ethnic cleansing? Yes I am, funnily enough.”

“I can’t understand why more people aren’t up in arms about what’s going on. We should be ashamed of ourselves, I think. One minute you’re supplying bullets and bombs and guns, and then you’re sending over food. How does that work?”

Last week the International Court of Justice applied further pressure in an attempt to halt Israel’s ongoing military action against Hamas. Over the weekend air attacks on camps in Rafah caused international condemnation.

Paul Weller’s album ’66’ is out now. In our review, CLASH wrote:

It doesn’t always land, but it’s incredibly brave; it also needs more than a few listens to truly absorb, and accept – on first listen, this writer couldn’t understand it at all. A record of true passion, ‘66’ finds Paul Weller throwing caution to the wind once more.

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