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‘Disturbed’ Rocker David Draiman Curses John Kerry Over Jewish State Comments (UPDATE)

March 14, 2014 12:41 pm 34 comments

David Draiman. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Jewish heavy metal rocker David Draiman on Friday cursed U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry after the senior diplomat said Israel’s continued insistence that it be recognized as a Jewish state is a “mistake.”

“WELL…F*** YOU VERY MUCH MR. SECRETARY,” Draiman tweeted, linking to a report on Kerry’s comments.

“I think it’s a mistake for some people to be raising it again and again as the critical decider of their attitude toward the possibility of a state, and peace,” Kerry told a U.S. House Foreign Relations Committee budget hearing on Thursday.

Recognition of Israel as a Jewish state is one of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key demands in the current Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace negotiations. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has consistently declined to do so. Similarly, Nabil Elaraby, the head of the Arab League, called on Arab countries to take a “firm stand” against such recognition.

The Disturbed front man has recently emerged as a bold advocate for Israel. In February, he condemned the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for harassing Scarlett Johansson over her partnership with Israeli company SodaStream. The musician also called out actress Emma Thompson for siding with “BDS Nazis” after she backed a boycott of Israel.

Last July, Draiman took on fellow rocker Roger Waters after The Algemeiner reported on his use of an inflatable pig emblazoned with a Star of David at his concerts.

UPDATE: After reading The Algemeiner‘s report on his comments, Draiman tweeted, “YUP, AND I’LL CURSE HIM AGAIN IF NECESSARY. LOL. (NOT LIKE IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE).”


  • Unlike most of my stupid Jewish brothers and sisters , I saw this coming, I never voted for the Muslim in the White House, either time.
    You were promised hope and change,are you happy now.
    It is my hope that Iran gets the bomb and the Saudis have to beg Israel for protection. It might be the only real way to peace.
    The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    As for Kerry this is just another diversion for his boss.
    Way to go David Drainman !!!

  • If Natanyahu gives in on this demand, a demand he stated again and again, it is the end of Israel and of Natanyahu. If Kerry can get Natanyahu to give up the one demand that he kept repeating as the red line, he might as well leave the government, nit just he, but the entire slate, because its the end of Israel as a State.

    Kerry wants to have an accomplishment and is not as a fool as many make him out to be. Remember that Kerry at his age will never run for public office all he wants is a legacy of having accomplished peace which will not even be worth the paper it was written on. Abbas made it very clear that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. Abbas is not acting as a wimp while Natanyaha seems to be the one wimp in the entire Middle East.

  • Kerry is an Idiot, just like Obama. American People stand with Israel regardless of the traitorous leadership in Washington.

  • Thank you Mr. Draiman. You’re the best in my book!

  • sarah shapiro

    You have eloquently expressed our sputtering, speechless hearts, David Draiman. Sometimes –when we who live here are subjected to yet another supremely life-threatening piece of advice from yet another clueless diplomat, words fail us.

    David Draiman, I, too, may have never heard your name before tonight, but have been choking far too long already on the politely genteel John Kerry’s. May he hear your blunt truth and know it in his darkness.

  • Three cheers for a stand up Jew-David-start a real Jewish movement for other Jews with spines-we are out here and we need a real leader-not the Fauxman-ADL-and the AIPAC wimps who kiss butts and other woosie joooos who are so-called “leaders”

  • Proud of David Draiman! For a statement like that Kerry doesn’t deserve the honor of being called an American himself. This is reciprocity; if Israel isn’t Jewish then Kerry the clown and Obama the Kenyan certainly are not American. Go back to Europe and Kenya Kerry and Obama THIS is NOT your home!

  • Ilbert Phillips

    I attempted to warn my fellow Jewish friends about Obama when he first ran for President. Some told me that their Jewish friends said that Obama was really friendly to the Jews and would be a friend of Israel. These are people who believe that words disassociated from conduct are important. Belief preempts action. Sad. Many of them now are finally beginning to see that how you walk is more important than how you talk.

  • Purim Sameach to you all!

  • Obama/Kerry to me are part of a lynch mob viewing Israel & the Jewish people as expendable to further their non existing policies. Arabs are devious by nature Obama/ Kerry are to them plasticin that can be moulded. Obama/ Kerry bring back the spectre of the Munich agreements also how the guarantees given to the Chechs & Poland were not worth the paper it was written on. They are not to be trusted.

  • Despite my name I am not Jewish, but worked in Israel for a couple of years and made friends there. I was there during the Yom Kippur War. It was like living in a European Country in many respects. I saw the US Galaxy cargo planes flying in over Tel Aviv, bringing in much needed supplies when it really mattered. Unfortunately now I don’t think Israel can afford to trust Obama & his administration. Despite what he has said, I don’t believe he has Israel’s back. Everything he does contradicts what he promises. If he can callously (and possibly deliberately)leave his ambassador & other Americans to die without any support in Benghazi and lie about the fact that it was a terrorist attack, (plus all the other scandals) he is at best grossly incompetent and at worst a fifth columnist for jew hatred & jihadists. Iran & Putin regard him as weak & a joke!

  • How come Obummer and Kerry don’t object to ‘Palestine’ and dozens of other countries (?57) being recognized as Muslim states?
    From their behaviour, it seems that Obummer and Kerry would not object to Israel been recognized as a Muslim State.
    I’m douwn-under in Australia – Good onya Draiman…. I’d never heard of you either, but now I’m going to buy an album also.

    • Otto Waldmann in Sydney

      bella, your rationale has been guiding me as well ever since the idiotic objections to Israel being a Jewish state. It is simply logical and fair.
      Trouble is that absurdity seems to rule these days and jihadists have got us, civilised folk, by the proverbials. I reckon that the current US Admin. is playing funny buggers with the World. Terrified of islamic retribution, quite a few states, otherwise traditionally supportive of Israel, are paying lip service to the perfectly coordinated anti-Israel internaional onlslaught. The clear blackmail of ” either with us or against us and that will costya !!!” is working in favour of this ( actually farcical) PR offensive. One of the main aims is to frustrate the so called “peace process” and keep the palestinian “cause” alive and sick, so that the very islamic dominance may be secured through this farcical entity cum war cry, “palestine”, through which the very obtuse, anachronistic and vile islamist states may survive and continue their expansion.
      Meanwhile, the same US is, actually, providing Israel with that solid material support that would ensure her strength and survival. And right HERE is the core issue. Israel is being kept strong so that THE Jewish State ( because one can only rely on the Jews of Israel in the main ) can be kept at the forefront of the necessary struggle against the universally destructive jihadist ideology, the very same one, as you said, that proclaims with impunity its theocratic fascist statehoods and object to anything the apellative JEWISH denotes.

  • yitzchak.strauss

    Someone shoulda put an amp plug in Kerry’s ass…

  • Here is my very intelligent reply to Kerry: Go suck eggs. Oh, and pass the ketchup, please.

  • Sombatyoner Chosid

    אבבאס איז א ממזר מיט א שיינע יחוס
    נארט ער אפ די וועלט מיט זייינע שיחות
    אבער די אידען ווייסען אז ער איז א פאני
    און מ’קאן נישט שלום מאכען מיט אזא שונא
    די אידישע מדינה ער וויל נישט אנערקערען
    צו א רוף אויף פרידן עס טויג אים נישט צו הערען
    פון דעם גזע פאס שיסט מען ראקעטען
    פונעם הימל פאלען די גיפטיגע פאקעטען
    אבער ער איז דאך נאך א געשאלטענר המן
    און דער איובערשטער וועט באלד אויסמעקען זיין נאמען

  • One small voice for for the most oppressed and hated nation on the planet,Israel, also the greatest and most amazing country on the planet!! Doesn’t make any sense to me why so many non muslim people hate Israel!! Especially the self hating Jews that hate Israel!!

    • The self-hating Jews are messed up. They think being a pseudo-progressive trumps human rights. As for vermin such as Emma and Vanessa Redgrave, they are simply channeling the anti-Semitism they and their families have always had. Because of the Shoah, they felt it prudent to be quiet about it, but the rise of Muslim terrorism gives them an excuse to come back into the open.

      • Probably self-hating Jews hope that by appeasing the crocodile, it will eat them last. But it will eat them. As for Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Hawkins et al, using their fame to accept the most egregious lies about Israel and the Jews without questioning the origins of irrational hatred, shows them to be the worst kind of anti-Semite. They do not have ignorance as their excuse, and should stick to their areas of expertise.

    • Wallace Edward Brand, JD Harvard, 1957

      Many people have been fooled by a distorted legal opinion circulated by a UN Committee at a time after the UN General Assembly had become dominated by the Afro-Asian and Russian blocs. Read this classic work of Julius Stone, an acclaimed international lawyer, who was so outraged by this grossly distorted legal opinion that he wrote “Israel and Palestine: Assault on the Law of Nations”. And of course the Soviets were pushing this as hard as their petrodollars would permit to all the leftists around the world. The Arabs participated in the disinformation.

      See also: Pacepa, “Russian Footprints” National Review Online Google it.
      This was at a time when Russia was trying to dominate the Middle East in a plan to establish hegemony over Western Europe.

  • There will always be people who hate the Jews. It is the oldest, most vicious, and most pervasive hatred that has ever existed. Currently, it is very easy to hate Jews and not be perceived as a Jew hater; all you have to do is pretend to care about the so-called “Palestinians”, and condemn and boycott Israel. The people who do this are such cowards, because they hate the Jews but are afraid to admit it.

    Now the leftist President of America and his leftist cabinet including John Kerry are the most openly hostile group of Jew haters that have ever been in power in the States. No previous American administration would have openly said that the Jewish character of Israel is an obstacle to peace in the Middle East. Contrast Obama with the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and you will see polar opposites. Harper is the most open supporter of Israel that has ever been in power.

    There is no greater moral gulf than that which exists between those who support Israel and those who would like to see Israel destroyed. I have never heard of David Draiman or The Disturbed, but now I’m going to buy their album.

  • KRis Kristian

    Never trust Obama, who gives orderd to the idiot Kerry.
    As David Draiman sid. F–k you, Obama, and f–K you too, Kerry.

    Kerry has no right to make such statements. This shows his total bias against Israel. As a negotiator, he should have told terrorist leader, Abbas, that without recognising Israel as the Jewish state, there can never be peace. Netanyahu said that those two words, Jewish state, is all that it takes for peace.

    But the Muslims have to have Islamic states, many in which, no churches or synagogues are allowed.
    Islam is the biggest threat to world peace.
    They want to convert the world to Islam as they have said time and time again. Yet, the Christian world prote cts those who want to destroy them.

    He should have reminded Abbas that Israel has made unbelievable compromises for peace.

    May G-D look after and protect Israel and every Jew anywhere in the world, from hared, from discrimination, from BDS, from islamic lies and terrorism


  • Sydell Gross

    This is unbelievable .The Arabs as they have been doing since 1948 have not only refused to accept Israels existence but also waged wars to destroy the country.
    Now Kerry the Secretary of State of supposedly the most powerful country in the world is telling Israel(our only Democratic friend and ally in the Middle East) that having the Arabs finally acknowledge Israel should not be part of the peace negotiations. He of course is only echoing Obama
    The Israeli leadership will do what is best for their country but it is a sad day for America when the leadership continues on its path of disappointment and weakness towards not only Israel but other allies as well
    one must ask -why is Obama cosistantly placing the onus on Israel instead of the Arabs?

    • That is easy. He was once a radical Muslim. His pastor and instructors at school are terrorist sympathizers, all of his worldview has been shaped by Muslims and Christian anti-Semites. He is on the side of the terrorists, because he identifies with them. This is not only in his aggressive anti-Israeli policies, but in his willingness to put US lives in jeopardy by choosing his buddies over the good of the country. There is no other way to explain the travesty of an agreement he gave to Iran.

    • Gene Feldman

      Because he’s a arab himself.. And after hearing jeremiah wright preach to him for 20 years, what would you expect?
      Worse even yet: Liberal Jews themselves elected him into office twice!
      Jews themselves continue the persicution by allowing use of “newly minted” arab words even in their own press.. Derogatory words like “Settlers” for Israeli’s, While they use “Villagers” for the arabs. Or “west Bank” instead of Judea-Samaria, which it was called for the past 3,000 years. Or even “east Jerusalem” for Jerusalem. Never to mention Jews were the Majority of Jerusalem’s population since the 1800’s. That it was only the 19 short years between 1948-67 when Jordan sent their Legion to occupy Jerusalem forcing the Jews out. And that Palestinian-arabs Never ruled Jerusalem for even one day in all of history!
      Unbelievable? Not so unbelievable when you realize that should the Palestinian arabs recognize the existence of a Jewish state, the propaganda they shoveled into the western news media over the past six decades, will come apart!

      • Markus E Brajtman

        I agree 100%.
        I have been writing and saying this for years.
        I cannot understand why Israel uses these terms that the anti Semitic anti Israel world uses.

        Another point.

        When Jordan occupied Samaria and Judea (westbank) why did the Muslims not create a PA state then?
        Probably because Jordan did not want to have a PA state on their doorstep.

        Why does Israel not refer to this matter?

        Had the PA created a state then, between 1948 and 1967, there may have been peace.
        Only,the PA would have still wanted all of the Jewish state.

        They would have had the backing of the Brits and others to attack and destroy Israel.
        But the world seems to forget.
        Israel is strong. Israel is here now, and forever.

        Amazong, people like Tutu, the Jew hater,who is supposed to know the bible, commits blasphemy, when he tries to help the Arabs destroy the Jewish state, no matter that G-D gave the entire land to the Jews.

  • Roger Gantner

    Keep in mind that it’s not only for the religious Jews that this is important. A secular Jew is as much a Jew as a religious Jew. Whatever our belief may be, we must all stick together if we wish to survive.

  • M.A. Kinamohn

    Rock on David and as you stated, fuck kerry!

  • Haven’t heard Sec. Kerry demanding Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE,Kuwait et al to drop their Islamic or Arabic identities, much less their policy of bigotry and discrimination such as displayed by Tunisia this past week against Israeli tourists and countless foreign workers in the richer countries.

    So, why would Sec. Kerry insist on not emphasizing that Israel IS a Jewish State? Can we call it “Appeasement a-la-Chamberlain”?

    How many countries in the world consider themselves secular, except that, in their constitution, officially “protect” the Catholic religion? (Check all Latin American countries).

    As Mr. Draiman correctly understands, this “appease-the-arabs” policy is basically stating that the current American Administration wants to claim to have solved the Israeli-Arab conflict in their time, or, better said, F*** the Jews, but we got to have the picture with us taken, now!!!

    • I agree, except that I think it has gone way beyond appeasement a la Chamberlain. US actions come straight from the terrorist-in-chief himself. He would never go against the wishes of his Islamist buddies.

  • Hey David,

    If you see this…. Not to worry… We are “indestructible”!!

    (Disturbed LYRICS)

    “Another mission, the powers have called me away
    Another time to carry the colors again.

    My motivation, an oath I’ve sworn to defend
    To win the honor of coming back home again.

    No explanation will matter after we begin
    Unlock the dark destroyer that’s buried within.

    My true vocation, and now my unfortunate friend
    You will discover a war you’re unable to win.

    I’ll have you know
    That I’ve become

    Chag Sameach David!

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