Roger Waters attacks Radiohead singer over Tel Aviv gig

16th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters has attacked Radiohead's Thom Yorke for attempting to justify his band's upcoming gig in Israel.

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Waters was among the musicians who signed a petition urging Yorke and his bandmates to boycott the upcoming Tel Aviv gig as a protest about the ongoing hostilities between Israel and neighbouring Palestine.

The Karma Police singer took offence at the call to boycott the show and said, "It's really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years."

His feedback has upset Waters, who is now on the offensive, criticising the Radiohead star for "whining" in a Facebook Live chat on Saturday (15Jul17) on behalf of the officials at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, who are campaigning for a cultural boycott of Israel.

"My answer to people who say we should go there and sit around the campfire and sing songs: No, we shouldn't," the ex-Pink Floyd singer said. "We should observe the picket line. Anybody who's tempted to do that, like our friends in Radiohead, if only they would actually educate themselves...

"I know Thom Yorke's been whining about how he feels insulted, people are suggesting he doesn't know what's going on. Well Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's going on, you would have a conversation with (filmmaker) 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."

Waters further mocked the Radiohead rocker, by inviting him to "tell me how much good you did and how much change you managed to affect" after performing the show.

Yorke did reply to Loach after he penned a newspaper piece urging Radiohead to call off their 19 July concert in Tel Aviv, stating: "Playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government. We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. As we have in America. We don't endorse (Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu any more than (U.S. leader Donald) Trump, but we still play in America.

"Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression. I hope that makes it clear Ken."

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