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Michael Stipe publicly supports Radiohead’s controversial Israel show


Michael Stipe, an American singer most recognisable for the music made with R.E.M., has publicly shown his support to Radiohead over their planned performance in Tel Aviv on Wednesday.

The criticism comes as a collection of the world’s leading artists have called on Radiohead to chancel their arranged show in Israel.

Earlier today Roger Waters told Thom Yorke to ‘stop whining’ about the criticism, an attack which came just days after Yorke refused to back down over their planned performance.

Now,  in an Instagram post by Stipe, he backed Radiohead’s move. He wrote, “I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform. Let’s hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution.”

Pro-Palestine supporters have continued to protest Radiohead’s performances, the most recent coming during their headline set at TRNSMT Festival in which Yorke can be heard repeating the phrase “some fucking people,” in frustration. 

Thurston Moore, Ken Loach, Roger Waters, Maxine Peak and the Young Fathers are among the 46 musicians, artists, writers and actors to have signed the open letter in relation to Radiohead’s gig at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 19.

“It is a small sacrifice in respect to those who struggle in honourable opposition to state-sponsored fascism,” Thurston Moore said.