Roger Waters Rebukes Radiohead

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

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

In the continued saga unfolding around a July 19 Radiohead show in Tel Aviv, Israel, Roger Waters piled on his criticism of Thom Yorke and crew.

Radiohead have faced numerous requests to cancel the gig, with an open letter recently issued by Artists For Palestine UK - and signed by musicians including Waters, Thurston Moore and Young Fathers - asking the group to "think again" about their decision to perform.

His feedback has upset Waters, who is now on the offensive, criticising the Radiohead star for "whining" in a Facebook Live chat on Saturday (15Jul17) on behalf of the officials at the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, who are campaigning for a cultural boycott of Israel. "We should observe the picket line", he said.

Yorke recently had a Twitter incident with Ken Loach where the director asked the band whether they would "stand with the oppressed or the oppressor". Anybody who's tempted to do that [gig], like our friends in Radiohead. if only they would actually educate themselves. We've played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. "We don't endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America".

"I know Thom Yorke's been whining about how he feels insulted", he said. "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".

He added that Yorke's alleged lack of communication was "extremely unhelpful to everybody".

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