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Radiohead asked not to play in Israel and warned of hypocrisy

Radiohead asked not to play in Israel and warned of hypocrisy
For a band who have always championed human rights causes, such as free Tibet, and taken shots at the major injustices of the world, Radiohead don’t half look strange by planning a gig in Israel on July 19th. Now a coalition of musicians, movie makers and even a world renowned Bishop have asked the band to think again. 
An open letter from Artists for Palestine UK, who campaign for the rights of Palestinians in their homeland, has been signed by Thurston Moore, TV on the Radio, Desmond Tutu, Ken Loach, Young Fathers, Maxine Peake and others. It says:
“…by playing in Israel you’ll be playing in a state where, UN rapporteurs say, ‘a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people…Since Radiohead campaigns for freedom for the Tibetans, we’re wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another people under foreign occupation… Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over.” A good point.
Ken Loach is shorter: “I’m afraid your pious words will mean nothing if you turn your backs on the Palestinians.”

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