Radiohead on Israel gig: "Playing a country isn't the same as endorsing its government"

Radiohead on Israel gig: "Playing a country isn't the same as endorsing its government"

Thom Yorke has continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel.

The band have repeatedly been urged to call off the show as part of a cultural boycott over Israel's policies towards the Palestinians.

On Tuesday, filmmaker Ken Loach wrote an open letter, accusing Radiohead of ignoring "human rights violations".

But Yorke hit back on Twitter, saying, "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.


"We don't endorse [Israeli Prime Minister] Netanyahu any more than 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."

Radiohead on Israel gig: "Playing a country isn't the same as endorsing its government"



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