Patti Smith premiered two new protest songs in London in September 2006. Journalist Louise Jury, writing in The Independent, characterized them as "an emotional indictment of American and Israeli foreign policy". ‘Qana’ (available on Patti Smith’s official website) was about the Israeli airstrike on the Lebanese village of Qana on Sunday July 30th 2006 that killed 54 civilians, mostly children. ‘Without Chains’ (also available from Smith’s official website) is about Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen who was born and raised in Germany, held at Guantanamo Bay detainment camp for four years.
Jury's article quotes Smith as saying:
“I wrote both these songs directly in response to events that I felt outraged about. These are injustices against children and the young men and women who are being incarcerated. I'm an American, I pay taxes in my name and they are giving millions and millions of dollars to a country such as Israel and cluster bombs and defense technology and those bombs were dropped on common citizens in Qana. It's terrible. It's a human rights violation.”