Michael Stipe "stands with" Radiohead playing Israel (Roger Waters still doesn't)

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2017

Adding, "Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

Two days before the band Radiohead is to perform in Tel Aviv, lead vocalist Thom Yorke - under attack from pro-Palestinian artists for agreeing to play in Israel - won support from former R.E.M. front man, singer-songwriter Michael Stipe. "Sincerely, Michael Stipe", the caption reads.

Indeed, Waters has been one of their most ardent critics, accusing Yorke of not responding to his email or engaging in discussion about why he thinks the band shouldn't play there. 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. 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.

"Radiohead need to decide if they stand with the oppressed or with the oppressor", he wrote.

Stipe's intervention came after Waters renewed his call for the band to cancel the show in a Facebook Live chat supporting the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement, who want artists to cut cultural ties with Israel, accusing his fellow rocker of "whining". "Well Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's been 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".

"Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds and not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression".

The singer also posted an article from The Guardian newspaper on the social media site stating that Loach's latest movie, I, Daniel Blake has been sold to cinemas in Israel.

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