Roger Waters tells Thom Yorke to stop 'whining' over Israel criticism

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

Michael Stipe, the one-time lead singer of one of R.E.M., and a noted activist, shared a post to Instagram where he declared, "I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform".

Stipe has now come out in support of Radiohead's decision to play in Israel.

Radiohead have attracted a lot of controversy about their forthcoming gig in Tel Aviv, Israel this week, with many of their peers suggesting that they should adhere to the cultural boycott of the country and refuse to play there.

Yorke has resisted Waters's efforts to get the band to cancel, and hit back at the singer.

Now in a Facebook live interview with BDS the former Pink Floyd songwriter has reiterated his stance, and taken further umbrage with Thom Yorke's response.

"The continued dialogue Michael Stipe hopes for has literally been going on for decades, and it has done nothing to bring us any closer to securing our freedom, justice or equal human rights", PACBI said in a statement to Artists for Palestine UK. Anybody who's tempted to do that [gig], like our friends in Radiohead. if only they would actually educate themselves. "Well, Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's going on, you would have a conversation with (director) Ken Loach, who's been begging you to have a conversation, or with me".

"I sent you a number of emails, begging you to have a conversation". You ignored us all; you won't speak to anyone about anything. "We don't endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America".

He added that Yorke's alleged lack of communication was "extremely unhelpful to everybody".

I look forward to - if you feel like it, when you finish your trip to Israel, because you probably still will go - write me a letter and tell me how much good you did and how much change you managed to affect by chatting with musicians.

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