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Roger Waters renews his attack on Thom Yorke over Radiohead’s Israel gig

Roger Waters has renewed his attack on Radiohead frontman as he moves his words from advisory to scathing as he nails Thom Yorke’s “whining”.

“I know Thom Yorke’s been whining about how he feels insulted,” said Waters, who backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS), during a Facebook Live interviewSaturday with the BDS National Committee. “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 begged you, Thom. I sent you a number of emails, begging you to have a conversation, as did Brian Eno. You ignored us all; you won’t speak to anyone about anything. So it’s that kind of isolationism that is extremely unhelpful to everybody.”

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

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.