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The BDS Music Wars: Should Radiohead Boycott Israel?

Ahead of Radiohead's Tel Aviv show, several artists have called on the British rock band to boycott Israel, while others have voiced their support for the group's decision

A debate has been raging ahead of Radiohead's concert in Tel Aviv on Wednesday: Should the British rock band boycott Israel or not?

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."

BDS music wars ahead of Radiohead's show in Israel