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REM’s Michael Stipe is standing by Radiohead’s decision to play a show in Israel.
In regards to an upcoming show July 19th in Tel Aviv, Radiohead have been criticized by Israeli boycott supporters including Roger Waters. The singer took to Instagram this weekend, sharing his message of support for the UK band.
Waters who advocates for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement has routinely spoke out against Radiohead’s decision to play in Israel and the band’s subsequent reactions to that decision. “Let’s hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution,” he wrote.
Stipe, who has been close friends with Radiohead and namely Thom Yorke dating back to the 90s, when Radiohead supported R. Responding to British director Ken Loach’s ask to cancel the performance, Yorke argued that performing in a country doesn’t mean you support the government’s agenda, drawing a comparison to Trump and the United States: Playing in a country is not the same as endorsing its government.
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