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Radiohead Stands Against BDS Efforts to Derail Israel Show

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While many musical acts take the stages of Israel to perform for the Jewish state's people, much pressure is placed on them not to do so - much of the pressure coming from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. However, as The Times of Israel reports, this week's Advocates and Allies for the people of Israel have not given into the pressure being placed on them to cancel their upcoming show in Tel Aviv this July:

Radiohead leading man Thom Yorke heavily criticized on Friday the “extremely upsetting” efforts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and various artists to dissuade the band from performing in Israel next month...

The artists had called on Radiohead in an April letter to cancel the July 19 concert and a planned university lecture by Yorke, saying the band, known for its left-wing politics, should join Palestinian activists’ boycott calls.

But Yorke told the magazine: “I’ll be totally honest with you, this has been extremely upsetting. There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us. I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others.

“It’s really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years. They talk down to us and I just find it mind-boggling that they think they have the right to do that. It’s extraordinary...”

Yorke noted that Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood was particularly hurt by the hatred the band had been subjected to over the upcoming concert.

“He has both Palestinian and Israeli fans and a wife who’s an Arab-Jew,” Yorke said. “All these people to stand there at a distance throwing stuff at us, waving flags, saying, ‘You don’t know anything about it!’ Imagine how offensive that is for Jonny. And imagine how upsetting that it’s been to have this out there. Just to assume that we know nothing about this. Just to throw the word ‘apartheid’ around and think that’s enough..."

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