Touched By Disturbed Frontman David Draiman’s Israel Visit, Infuriated By The Underwhelming Response

Last week, Disturbed frontman David Draiman visited Israel.

But unlike many celebrity visits, his was low-key.

David did not come to perform. He came for immediate family and not-so-immediate family.

He came to visit his family but also to light a candle at the very site where Eliyahu David Kay was murdered by a palestinian Arab terrorist.

I wrote about it last week, before David visited. And I was there, to join this mensch in this meaningful act of solidarity and defiance.

I was not alone – there were around 50-100 others, including security because besides being meaningful, it was not entirely safe.

Here was David Draiman, who regularly performs in front of crowds of tens of thousands adoring fans, potentially endangering his life, so as to send not just a message of solidarity with his people, but a message to the haters that we won’t back down.

I could not help but be moved.


Besides Israeli media, the visit almost went under the radar. Israel advocates were, for the most part, radio silent.

I have seen time and again how those supposedly on our side seem more concerned with promoting themselves and their personal brand than our cause. The ambivalence of so many of these so-called “activists” to David’s visit to “publicly and proudly show my love for and my passion to defend my family, my culture, my people, and the State of Israel, our home” (his words) is beyond disappointing. It is infuriating.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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