Musicians Who've Taken Sides in Israel-Palestine Conflict

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Sayre Berman

To us mere plebeians, social media is often a voyeuristic peek into the glamorous idiocy of celebrity. We get to see their endless slew of selfies, obtain a first glance at whatever new thing they are trying to sell us, and we can chuckle at their all caps, poorly written rants on subpar first class travel or their odes to quinoa.

However, the terrible violence and escalating death toll in Palestine and Israel have seen some celebs taking to social networking sites seriously to offer their thoughts on the crisis -- with mixed results. Rihanna and Selena Gomez quickly deleted or altered their tweets within minutes of posting last week, despite that fact neither were particularly controversial. Pearl Jam frontman, Eddie Vedder, was branded "anti-Israel" by the Jerusalem Post after comments he made about Israeli settlements. Vedder then took to the band's website to state, "Attempting to make a plea for more peace in the world at a rock concert ... is not something I'm going to stop any time soon."

This is not a recent phenomenon. Stars who have articulated their positions on the conflict in Israel and Palestine have received as much of the ire of their fans as they have their support. Here are a few.

Lupe Fiasco
Lupe Fiasco has referenced his support of Palestine on a number of tracks, perhaps most memorably in 2011's "Words I Never Said" in which he takes aim at Israel and America's policy in the area: "Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say shit," he spits, while also taking on Muslim fundamentalism, "Jihad is not a holy war, where's that in the worship/Murdering is not Islam!"

Later that year, the rapper appeared at the B.E.T. Hip Hop Awards with Erykah Badu wearing a Palestinian flag. For some reason, two years later, Fiasco was invited to perform at a D.C. inaugural event for Obama and had to be escorted off the stage after he repeated his politically inflammatory lyrics to an unsuspecting audience.

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