Roger Waters Rebukes Radiohead

By playing a Tel Aviv stadium built on the ruins of three Palestinian villages Radiohead merely diminish themselves writes Aked

By playing a Tel Aviv stadium built on the ruins of three Palestinian villages Radiohead merely diminish themselves writes Aked

Pink Floyd, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe has come down on the side of engagement and dialogue and against the call for boycott. Adding, "Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

The Thom Yorke-led band are due to perform in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (July 19), but the gig has been marred in the build-up by a war of words - most recently between Roger Waters and Yorke. Stipe's comment, which was posted on Sunday evening, was met with a swift response from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI). Over the weekend, Waters said that "we should observe the picket line" and accused Yorke of "whining" over the matter. They talk down to us and I just find it mind-boggling that they think they have the right to do that.

Amid slinging indefensible charges at Israel, Waters said Yorke had been "whining" about his efforts.

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

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.

Rather than agree to a meeting, however, Yorke responded with a message on Twitter where he argued that "playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government". "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".