Roger Waters tells Thom Yorke to stop 'whining' over Israel criticism

Roger Waters accuses Thom Yorke of 'whining' over Radiohead Israel controversy

Roger Waters to Thom Yorke: Stop “whining” about criticism over Israel concert

Waters supports a cultural boycott of Israel until Palestinians are granted greater equality under Israeli law and has called on Radiohead to cancel the gig as a result. Over the weekend, Waters said that "we should observe the picket line" and accused Yorke of "whining" over the matter.

Stipe posted a photo with the message, "I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform". Adding, "Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

Replying to Loach, Yorke said on Wednesday, "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". Anybody who's tempted to do that [gig], like our friends in Radiohead. if only they would actually educate themselves.

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Yorke responded testily to the article, writing in a statement posted on Twitter, "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".

Waters most recently addressed the Radiohead singer directly on an hour-long Facebook Live talk with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, reports Rolling Stone.

"There are people I admire [who have been critical of the concert] like [English film director] Ken Loach, who I would never dream of telling where to work or what to do or think. So it's that kind of isolationism that is extremely unhelpful to everybody".

I look forward to - if you feel like it, when you finish your trip to Israel, because you probably still will go - write me a letter and tell me how much good you did and how much change you managed to affect by chatting with musicians.

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