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Radiohead Pressured to Cancel Israel Show

henry@alondon.net (28/04/2017)

The English rock group has received a letter signed by 47 artists asking to cancel a show in Tel Aviv that they announced back in February.

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Radiohead (source: edequity.org)

Radiohead has received an unusual amount of flak this week over a future concert in Israel that the band announced in February.

The pressure for the band to cancel the concert started on Monday, when a letter written by Artists for Palestine UK and signed by dozens of British artists was sent to the beloved English band that got its breakthrough in the early 90’s with hit single “Creep”.

The letter called the band for being hypocritical for playing benefit concerts for Amnesty International and for Tibetan’s rights.

“Since Radiohead campaigns for freedom for the Tibetans, we’re wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another people under foreign occupation”, read the letter.

“In asking you not to perform in Israel, Palestinians have appealed to you to take one small step to help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law.”

“Surely if making a stand against the politics of division, of discrimination and of hate means anything at all, it means standing against it everywhere- and that has to include what happens to Palestinians every day.”

While the letter was signed by a number of artists, including Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, author Peter Kosminsky and film director Ken Loach, most notable among the 47 signatories was Pink Floyd singer/bassist Roger Waters.

Waters has been an outspoken critic of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank for years and announced his support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement back in 2011.

The Israel National News reported that Waters has put pressure on other artists to cancel their tours in Israel, including Bon Jovi, Alan Parsons, the Rolling Stones, and Neil Young, and as recently as November tried to convince English electronic group The Chemical Brothers to cancel a concert in Israel.

On Thursday, the Algemeiner reported that artist advocacy group Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) penned a response to the letter signed by Waters and others.

The group, whose website suggests that it promotes “music and the arts as a bridge to peace”, said that the letter is filled with “inaccurate accusations against Israel, including false claims of ‘apartheid’ and ‘genocide’” and defends Israel as the “only democracy in the region.”


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