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

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

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

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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