Roger Waters has again attacked Radiohead by claiming the band are in support of the Israeli government and their regime.
A long-rolling saga was built over Radiohead’s planned performance at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel amid multiple please from major artists for the band to cancel the show in protest.
However, lead singer Thom Yorke, refusing to back down, led out Radiohead to play a 27-song set that became their longest performance in 11 years. “A lot of stuff has been said about this, but in the end, we played some music,” he reportedly said after the show.
Yorke also said before the controversial performance: “ We don’t endorse [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America.”
Well, Roger Waters isn’t having any of it. Having appeared appeared on RT for an interview that covered a of topics such as Trump, Putin and world politics, Waters moved on to Radiohead. He said:
“Thom Yorke is wrong about not endorsing the policies of the Israeli government by playing there. Spokespersons of that government have said how excited they are, that this is the best thing that’s happened to their hasbara, which is the explaining to the rest of the world what a wonderful and precious democracy Israel is. And willy-nilly, when they cross the picket line, they are making a public statement that they do endorse policies of the government, whatever they say, because that is what will be reported in Israel and that is what gets reported around the world. That is why Radiohead are being so soundly criticised by anybody with progressive ideas about human rights, because they have taken that step.”
The judgment came as a collection of the world’s leading artists have called on Radiohead to chancel their arranged show in Israel.
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.
Having recently addressed the criticism of the planned performance, explaining how he has found the process of artists’ he respects telling the band what to do ‘upsetting’.
Yorke, in an interview with Rolling Stone, said: “I’ll be totally honest with you: this has been extremely upsetting,” when the question was put to him.
“There are people I admire [who have been critical of the concert] like Ken Loach, who I would never dream of telling where to work or what to do or think,” he continued. “The kind of dialogue that they want to engage in is one that’s black or white. I have a problem with that. It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public. It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves. I thought it was patronising in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].
“The university thing is more of a head fuck for me,” Yorke said. “It’s like, really? You can’t go talk to other people who want to learn stuff in another country? Really? The one place where you need to be free to express everything you possibly can. You want to tell these people you can’t do that? And you think that’s gonna help?”
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