REM frontman Michael Stipe stands with Radiohead against BDS

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"Let's hope a dialogue continues, helping to bring the occupation to an end and lead to a peaceful solution".

For those who haven't already heard, Thom Yorke has faced a slew of criticism for Radiohead's decision to play a gig in Israel, which many musicians boycott due to their poor human rights record.

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke in particular has attracted headlines for refusing to bow to pressure, most notably from Pink Floyd founder and bassist Roger Waters and film director Ken Loach, not to play in Israel. "Sincerely, Michael Stipe", the caption reads.

Yorke has resisted Waters's efforts to get the band to cancel, and hit back at the singer. Over the weekend, Waters said that "we should observe the picket line" and accused Yorke of "whining" over the matter. "It's really upsetting that artists I respect think we are not capable of making a moral decision ourselves after all these years". Of course, Radiohead hasn't been without its defenders as well, and recently one of them took to social media to speak out for the group. Waters added in a Facebook Live discussion with the BDS (Boycott, Divest & Sanctions) movement on Saturday, "My answer to people who say we should go there and sit around the campfire and sing songs: 'No, we shouldn't". Well Thom, you shouldn't feel insulted because if you did know what's going on, you would have a conversation with Ken Loach, who's been begging you to have a conversation, or with me, I begged you, Thom.

Rather than agree to a meeting, however, Yorke responded with a message on Twitter where he argued that "playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government".

"Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds and not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression".

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