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

Michael Stipe during a 2003 show in Italy

Although the post does not mention Israel by name, Radiohead will perform on July 19 at Tel Aviv's Park Hayarkon.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke in particular has attracted headlines for refusing to bow to pressure, most notably from Pink Floyd founder and bassist Roger Waters and film director Ken Loach, not to play in Israel.

"I stand with Radiohead and their decision to perform", the former R.E.M. said on an Instagram post.

"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", said Yorke in a Rolling Stone interview.

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

On Saturday night, Waters held a live Q&A on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Facebook page, a movement he has long supported.

"We don't endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America", Yorke added. Anybody who's tempted to do that [gig], like our friends in Radiohead. if only they would actually educate themselves.

"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".

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. Well Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's going on, you would have a conversation with Ken Loach, who's been begging you to have a conversation, or with me, I begged you, Thom. "So it's that kind of isolationism that is extremely unhelpful to everybody".



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