A debate has been raging ahead of Radiohead's concert in Tel Aviv on Wednesday: Should the British rock band boycott Israel or not?
- Israeli Arab singer slams BDS activists calling on Radiohead to cancel Tel Aviv show
- R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe supports Radiohead's decision to perform in Israel
- BDS activist and Radiohead critic Ken Loach slammed for screening his films across Israel
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters and filmmaker Ken Loach have called on Radiohead's front man Thom Yorke to cancel the show, while R.E.M.'s front man Michael Stipe and Israeli Arab singer Nasreen Qadri have come out in support for Radiohead's decision to perform in Israel.
Yorke has responded angrily to BDS protests against his planned appearance. Last month, the artist told Rolling Stone magazine that criticism by cultural figures like Loach or Waters is patronizing. Earlier this month, Yorke tweeted to Loach: "Playing in a country is not the same as endorsing its government ... We don’t endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America."