Bon Iver fans outraged over band’s donation to Israeli-Palestinian peace charity

Folk band’s philanthropy angers anti-Israel social media activists


Justin Vernon of Bon Iver has faced criticism from all sides after announcing a donation to an Israeli-Palestine coexistence charity (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

One of America's biggest indie bands, Bon Iver, is facing criticism from fans after donating money to Israel-Palestine co-existence charity, Standing Together.

The Grammy-award-winning band fronted by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon is famed for collaborations with Kanye West, James Blake and Taylor Swift.

Bon Iver announced donations to different organisations that “aid communities in need”. These have included an American political candidate, a Palestinian charity, and on Tuesday, the band said they would donate to Standing Together.

The grassroots movement mobilises Jews and Palestinians in “pursuit of peace, equality, and social and climate justice.” The movement seeks to build “peace and independence for Israelis and Palestinians, full equality for all citizens, and true social, economic, and environmental justice.”

Many of Bon Iver’s followers slammed the announcement.

“My favourite band of all time going in the bin,” one commenter said.

Another added, “Is it that hard to say free Palestine? To say you don’t stand with genocide?”

“Didn’t expect to unfollow Bon Iver today.”

Another follower wrote, “You can’t find it in you to fight for the women in Palestine who have been murdered in cold blood or the women who are holding the lifeless body of their child while Israel continues to shoot at them.”

“This just feels so wrong. Palestinian citizens of Israel? And the actual Palestinian citizens of Palestine, who are paying the highest and unjustifiable price for all of this?”

“What in the f**k kinda middle of the road bullsh*t is this!? Booooooooooooooooo! FREE PALESTINE”

“I'm sorry, but doesn't Israel get plenty of support already? The damage cannot be compared. There's a genocide going on, maybe let's not fund the aggressors.”

Some pro-Israel social media activists also commented negatively on the band’s announcement that they were donating to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.

One wrote, “Now make a post to release the hostages, please. Otherwise I can’t take you serious,” while another asked, “What about the butchered children of 7th of October?”

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