Glasgow Palestine Action: Palestinian flags at Radiohead's concert in Glasgow, Scotland, as Yorke dismisses them.
Various artists' have attempted to get Yorke on their side
Many pro-BDS artists have pleaded the lead singer to sit with them over a discussion regarding BDS, in the hope he'd cancel the upcoming concert in Tel Aviv.
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Roger Waters addressed Yorke by saying:
"[...] you would have a conversation with [director] Ken Loach, who's been begging you to have a conversation, or with me, I begged you, Thom. I sent you a number of emails, begging you to have a conversation. As did Brian Eno; you ignored us all, you won't speak to anyone about anything. So it's that kind of isolationism that is extremely unhelpful to everybody."
Renowned filmmkaer Ken Loach also wrote in the British newspaper, The Independent, his opinion on the matter, saying:
"I approached Radiohead’s management with an offer to meet, along with Palestinian artists. That offer was repeated several times over the past three weeks. To date there has been no response at all from the band or their management."
In an open letter signed by eight pro-BDS Israeli artists, Yorke was once again asked to "respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel this concert."
"Every international artist who plays in Israel serves as a propaganda tool for the Israeli government. International performances in Israel serve the government’s agenda of whitewashing its war crimes against Palestinians by creating a “business as usual” atmosphere wherein the status-quo, a reality of colonization and military occupation for Palestinians, becomes normalized. Maintaining this atmosphere relies heavily on creating a facade of Israel as a hip, advanced, progressive state with a vibrant and diverse cultural scene."
But all these attempts have fallen on deaf ears, with Yorke claiming that "playing in a country isn't the same as endorsing its government."
A probable reason as to why Radiohead will perform in Israel
When their first-ever 'Drill' EP was released in 1992, the band was bashed and outcast by music critics.
One year later, their debut album, 'Pablo Honey' - the one bearing the well-loved 'Creep' - only became a success after an Israeli DJ, Yoav Kutner, played the famous song many times a day on the radio.
It was then that Radiohead would pack and go on a tour in the only country to hail them as rock stars back in the day.
On an additional note, Radiohead's guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, is married to Arab-Jewish, Sharona Katan - whom he met when they first toured the country.