Radiohead greeted with shouts of ‘free Palestine’ at Glastonbury set amid Israel controversy

Independent

Thom Yorke has said the criticism is ‘disrespectful’, ‘patronising’ and ‘upsetting’

Radiohead were reportedly met with shouts of “free Palestine” during their headline slot at Glastonbury.

Protestors were apparently waving Palestinian flags in front of the Pyramid Stage as the band performed, while a banner read: “Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there,” according to Jewish News.

The demonstrations would have been sparked by controversy over Radiohead’s forthcoming show in Tel Aviv on 19 July.

Critics have urged the band to cancel the show as part of a widespread music boycott until Palestinians are granted the “right of return” and Israel’s West Bank barrier is dismantled.

High profile artists from around the world, including director Ken Loach, actors Maxine Peake and Juliet Stephenson, and Roger Waters, signed an open letter calling on the band to reconsider the show.

Addressing the criticism in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, frontman Thom Yorke said the controversy had been “extremely upsetting” and said he was just one of several prolific figures who did not agree with the cultural ban, alongside J.K Rowling, Noam Chomsky and others.

“It’s deeply disrespectful to assume that we’re either being misinformed or that we’re so retarded we can’t make these decisions ourselves,” he said.

“I thought it was patronising in the extreme. It’s offensive and I just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].”

Yorke also asked critics to consider how upsetting the controversy was for guitarist Jonny Greenwood, who “has both Palestinian and Israeli friends and a wife who’s an Arab Jew”.

“All these people to stand there at a distance throwing stuff at us, waving flags, saying: ‘You don’t know anything about it!’ Imagine how offensive that is for Jonny,” he said.

“Just to throw the word ‘apartheid’ around and think that’s enough. It’s f***ing weird. It’s such an extraordinary waste of energy. Energy that could be used in a more positive way.”

Make sure you stay up to date with the latest Glastonbury coverage here. Read our reporter Jack Shepherd’s review of Radiohead’s set here 


French Jew dresses as jihadist for Purim

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Man arrives at synagogue wearing long North African robes, carrying a fake Kalashnikov and crying ‘Allahu akbar’

ed note–like Sarah Silverman’s infamous ‘comedy’ skit where she put a dog between her legs and simulated having sex with it, likewise, this is what you get from these people. Dozens of victims are lying in the morgue in the aftermath of the bombings in Brussels, and what is the Judaic reaction to it? –‘Hey, let’s make a joke out of it’.

Now, if it were Halloween or some other festive event, and some Gentile somewhere dressed up as Hitler, Himmler, or even Titus, the Roman general responsible for the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., everyone knows what the reaction would be to THAT.

Times of Israel

A 40-year-old Jewish man tempted fate by walking into a Paris synagogue dressed as a jihadist, carrying a fake rifle and shouting “Allahu Akbar,” a police source said Friday.

For the soldiers guarding the Chabad Lubavitch synagogue in Vincennes in southeastern Paris it came as “a surprise,” was the deadpan verdict of the police source.

The incident happened on Thursday evening when members of the synagogue were celebrating the festival of Purim, during which followers often dress up in costumes and give each other presents.

The source said the man arrived wearing long North African robes, carrying a fake Kalashnikov and crying “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is greatest.”

“It created a certain emotion among the soldiers,” the source said.

The initial shock passed quickly when members of the synagogue realized they knew the man, and that it was only a joke.

He was nonetheless ordered to present himself at his local police station on Friday.

Soldiers have been posted outside many Jewish buildings and other sensitive locations around France in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks last year.

Purim celebrates a story from Hebrew scripture in which the Jews of the Persian empire were rescued from annihilation. Every year, Jews celebrate by giving each other presents and wearing costumes.

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