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Radiohead’s Yorke Gives BDS Supporters the Finger During Glasgow Concert

Radiohead's Yorke gives BDS supporters the finger during Glasgow concert. PHOTO: The Jerusalem Post/Youtube screenshot

English rock band Radiohead continued to battle the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement ahead of their Tel Aviv performance this month.

By Shawn Rodgers | 9 July 2017

THE JERUSALEM POST — Just a week and a half before they’re scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, English rock band Radiohead continued to battle the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. During the band’s Friday night concert at the TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, several activists raised Palestinian flags as well as a “Radiohead: #canceltelaviv” sign, and held demonstrations outside the venue, causing lead singer Thom Yorke to respond.

According to Consequence of Sound, prior to the band’s performance of “Myxomatosis,” Yorke reportedly exclaimed, “Some fucking people!” while staring out into the crowd. He was also caught giving the middle finger to the flag wavers.

Radiohead have faced a number of protests over their decision to play Tel Aviv, including at an event in Glastonbury, England last month.

Speaking recently to Rolling Stone, Yorke described the situation as “offensive” and “an extraordinary waste of energy,” saying: “I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others…Speaking recently to Rolling Stone, Yorke described the situation as “offensive” and “an extraordinary waste of energy,” saying: “I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others … […]


Israeli Jewish-Arab Rock Group to Join Radiohead for US Tour

Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood is married to the Israeli-born artist Sharona Katan and has collaborated with Israeli world music composer Shye Ben Tzur.

21 March 2017

THE JERUSALEM POST — Pudu Tassa and The Kuwaitis, the eclectic Jewish-Arab Israeli band, will accompany legendary rock group Radiohead on their US tour leading up to a joint performance in Tel Aviv, according to online magazine publication Consequence of Sound. …

The exotic blend of ethnic music must have caught the attention of Radiohead, whose guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, is married to the Israeli- born artist Sharona Katan and who has collaborated with Israeli world music composer Shye Ben-Tzur.

Radiohead’s connection to Israel has been tight since the beginning of their career. They played three shows in Tel Aviv after their debut album was released in 1993, before they had gained wide notoriety. They have gone on to become one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed rock groups of the past two decades. […]

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