Israeli musicians to Thom Yorke: Canceling Radiohead show will disrupt Israel’s ‘business as usual’ facade

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Dear Thom Yorke,

We are Israeli musicians writing you about your scheduled performance in Israel this July 19. It is our understanding that the public appeal urging you to respect the Palestinian picket line and cancel this concert was published only after a private appeal went unanswered. Likewise, we will only publish a public letter if we are unable to engage with you in private.

We would like to respond directly to a comment you made in Rolling Stone. Referring to Roger Waters, Desmond Tutu and the many other artists and public figures who’ve urged you to respect the call for cultural boycott, you said that you “just can’t understand why going to play a rock show or going to lecture at a university [is a problem to them].”

We have great respect for Roger Waters and Desmond Tutu, but their problems are not the point, as they would surely be the first to concede. Waters, Tutu and the others have reached out to you in response to a request for solidarity from Palestinians. The call for cultural boycott to end grave Israeli violations of human rights has overwhelming support among Palestinians. To them, it is clear that to entertain their oppressors at this point in time shows indifference to their suffering and helps perpetuate it.

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.

In 2005 the Israeli foreign ministry decided to invest in a public relations strategy to “re-brand Israel,” diverting attention away from Israeli crimes by highlighting Israeli cultural and scientific achievements. Needless to say, the government which just celebrated 50 years of brutal military rule over the occupied Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip should not be assisted, even unintentionally. The government which legislated to suppress even the commemoration of the displacement of the majority indigenous Palestinian population in 1948 should not be given the chance to claim that artists and musicians are endorsing its policies.

This effect of a performance in Israel can not be undone even with the best intentions. Any statement that you might wish to make on stage would be overshadowed by the fact that you would be crossing an international picket line established by the vast majority of civil society organizations in Palestine. On the other hand, if you decided not to play, it would send a strong message to the Israeli government that their racist policies and grave violations of Palestinian human rights will not be normalized. It would also send a message to the people of Palestine that you’re with them in their struggle in a very real way.

Israel is increasingly notorious for being a place that forward-thinking artists who care about equality and freedom want little to do with. We are confident that this reality will contribute to moving the Israeli government to change its unjust policies, and help convince companies to divest from Israel, just as they did in apartheid South Africa. Canceling your show will disrupt the “business as usual” facade that international performances in Israel perpetuate.

Please reconsider violating the Palestinian call for boycott. We remain at the ready to talk to you about any questions or concerns that you may have, and continue to welcome a conversation with you.

Sincerely,

Ohal Grietzer

Michal Sapir (Afor Gashum)

Alma Ben Yossef (Lil’ Oof)

Aviad Albert (finkelbert)

Yoav Barak

Ben Ronen

Yonatan Eldan (You’re Next Records)

Yonatan Shapira

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  1. Paranam Kid
    June 29, 2017, 12:54 pm

    So far all appeals to this guy have fallen on deaf ears. There can be only 1 explanation: he is paid a bundle for his show & prefers to pocket the money to get richer still, rather than worry about a few lousy Palestinians in a far away place that he feels absolutely nothing for, in any case not as much as for his beloved dough.

    • JoeSmack
      June 29, 2017, 7:27 pm

      It might make future musicians think twice about booking tour spots though given the negative feedback.

    • DaBakr
      June 30, 2017, 12:23 am

      @p

      Of course you believe there could only be “1 explanation” for any artist performing in Israel which, naturally to your mind, has to do with the avaricious accumulation of wealth.

      It wouldn’t occur to you that some, (actually many) famous musical acts are just not going to be bullied around by the self-righteous scorn and hearts bleeding for- not really even one of the world’s most violent or vicious conflicts going on in the past 10 years- for what? Their favourite pet liberal cause: trying to help achieve the goal of destroying the Zionist entity which is the Jewish Nation of israel. (the sound of the words,’jewish nation” must burn to some on the tongue like some anomaly too repulsive to even contemplate.) So dedicated to this cause are the BDS people. Insignificant in numbers of actual famous acts that draw anything but niche audiences (ok, waters can draw a crowd by virtue of pink Floyd and not from the ‘Extremely wealthy has been former glory who is dedicated his life-not earnings-to bringing down Zionism’ worshipping crowd.
      . In view of all that one might think that very popular huge drawing acts might just not agree with your rationale , your own bias and maybe they just don’t give a damn like bds people do. Maybe they are still dedicated to liberating Tibet, last decades cause celeb. Anyway, one might think that people like Phil who use superflous language and saccharin sweet elbowing to people with’true progressive values’ which if nothing else is one of the snottier statements from mw.

      Presumably york is wealthy enough to put your average millionaire out in the sand box and we can assume that waters equally wealthy goes on tour in all the other nations besides Israel for money. Doubtful he is living in any situation involving hardship. Maybe some musicians just resent the sht out of the idea that he can get off telling them wtf any one of them can do in fact, maybe some acts don’t give a sht about Israel or the Palestinian governments and just like to play.

      But some, some could only imagine the motivation to play in Israel is strictly money. So typical
      of the average mw commenters.

      • Paranam Kid
        June 30, 2017, 9:23 am

        The jewish nation of israel does not exist, it does not occur on any map, is not registered with the UN, it is a Neverland.

        What does exist is israel, a “country” founded fraudulently – yes, Resolution 181 was abused with deliberate misinterpretation: it only recommends Partitio, it does NOT authorise it.
        That fraud of a “country” went on to steal the rest of the Palestinian territories, commencing the 1967 war as a subterfuge. The subsequent steps were Apartheid & incremental genocide.

        Thus your beloved “country” has absolutely NO LEGITIMACY in its current form. That does not mean it has no right to exist, it does, but not as a jewish nation because that means it is racist. It is racist because it does not accept the Palestinian right of self-determination.

        It needs to be dismantled from top to bottom & rebuilt into a real democracy, with equal rights for ALL, instead of the complete travesty of a democracy it currently is.

        A guy like Yorke who does not see that just shows that the only thing he does see is adoring fans treating him like a king, and raking in that bundle of money. Regarding the latter: israel has absolutely no shortage of cash to desperately try to buy legitimacy.

      • Misterioso
        June 30, 2017, 10:57 am

        @DaBakr

        Bottom line: If Radiohead does perform in Israel it will be condoning racism and fascism.

        1.
        http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-is-becoming-a-fascist-state-US-cant-save-the-day-497775
        Jerusalem Post June 24, 2017
        “‘Israel is becoming a fascist state, U.S. can’t save the day'”
        “Opposition leader Isaac Herzog doesn’t think the American efforts to revive the peace talks will bear fruit and warns that Israel is slowly slipping into fascism.”
        by Joy Bernard
        EXCERPT:
        “Opposition leader and Zionist Union chairman Issac Herzog warned on Saturday that Israel was headed toward fascism and that its fate as a democracy was at stake.

        “‘We are going through a process of fascistization of the Israeli politics,’ Herzog warned while speaking at a cultural event in central Israel. ‘Whoever is wary of the country’s fate and would like to prevent the fascistization has to support the transition into one big and moderate political bloc in order to change this trend,’ he said.”

        “‘We have to change the regime in order to save the Israeli democracy from the fascistization that is threatening it,’ Herzog continued.”

        ‎2.
        http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Hebrew-U-professor-Todays-Israel-similar-to-Nazi-Germany-497731
        Jerusalem Post June 23, 2017
        “Hebrew U professor: Israel today similar to Nazi Germany”
        “Dr. Ofer Cassif of Hebrew University faces heavy criticism after his students leaked a video recording from his political science class.”
        by Yocheved Laufer
        EXCERPT:
        “Hebrew University Professor, Dr. Ofer Cassif, compared recent Israeli legislation, both proposed and passed, to those of the Third Reich in Nazi Germany, reported Channel 2 on Thursday as a recording of his class became public.

        “The statement occurred in a Politics and Government course as part of a preparatory college program at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.”

      • harveyb
        June 30, 2017, 11:22 am

        You trot out the same old hackneyed nonsense about the Palestinians wanting to destroy Israel, to push it into the sea. Really, a country widely estimated to be in possession of anything between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads?
        Zionists justify everything they do on the basis of this falsehood.
        I think the mass murder of 2300 people, including 500 children, in Gaza in 2014 is sufficiently vicious for the world to worry about.
        I support BDS and I am a Jew. I do not find the notion of a Jewish State at all repulsive. A 70 year, colonial, settler, apartheid occupation is what I find repulsive.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 12:25 pm

        “Dabakr”, do you have any idea how powerful, how effective, and how persuasive your longer comments are?

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 2:40 pm

        Hey, “Dabakr” let me interrupt your muttering to ask you a question:

        If the BDS movement and Mondo is, in fact, just as you say, driven by corruption, hate and a desire to twist information, why do they let you post here?
        Why take the risk of exposure and loss of credibility to Mondo and BDS your comments are sure to bring about?

        I’ll tell you why, “Dabakr”! It’s because they are devoted to free speech and damn the consequences! You gotta give ’em that. I think it’s big of them.

      • DaBakr
        June 30, 2017, 8:47 pm

        @pk

        We seem to be doing moderately well in terms of international relations and dealings for a nation you claim has no legitimacy. But I guess Germany also lacks legitimacy for the billion dollar sub deal. China lacks legitimacy for the billions bought from Israeli techno firms. I’d take your definition of lacking legitimacy any day over the legitimacy of Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya and more.

        @mssr

        . Hush you idiot. I mentioned nothing about “hate”. Your fantasizing again. Your heroic role of chief comedian of mw is getting thin

      • Paranam Kid
        July 1, 2017, 9:10 am

        @DaBakr
        As usual with those spewing out the standard Hasbara blurp, you are comparing apples with horses.
        Germany, China, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Libya were not founded fraudulently, they do not lack legitimacy like your beloved “country”, nor have they been labelled by the UN as Apartheid states.

      • Talkback
        July 1, 2017, 9:27 am

        dabakr: “Their favourite pet liberal cause: trying to help achieve the goal of destroying the Zionist entity which is the Jewish Nation of israel.”

        Great, isn’t it?! Who wants another Apartheid state. I certainly don’t. Jewish supremacists may think otherwise.

        dabakr: “the sound of the words,’jewish nation” must burn to some on the tongue like some anomaly too repulsive to even contemplate.”

        Yes, like “volksgerman nation” . You know, any state which differentiates between nationals and citizens in general. Btw. Jews are not a “nation”, there is no “Jewish” citizenship.

      • Steve Grover
        July 1, 2017, 4:19 pm

        Mooser sez:
        “Why take the risk of exposure and loss of credibility to Mondo and BDS your comments are sure to bring about?

        I’ll tell you why, “Dabakr”! It’s because they are devoted to free speech and damn the consequences! You gotta give ’em that. I think it’s big of them.”

        That is because Mooser has posted more than 40,000 comments on MW. So, it is true for him. Mooser’s comments probably automatically get through. It ain’t the same for me and others who oppose MW.

        Just today I attempted to post the following comment which was deleted: “Kushner is qualified for this because he kicked Weiss’s ass to the curb.” to this piece: http://mondoweiss.net/2017/06/doubt-theyll-process/#comments

      • Mooser
        July 1, 2017, 6:45 pm

        “Just today I attempted to post the following comment which was deleted:”

        “Steve” you get free editing services, and you’re complaining? Maybe it wasn’t up to your usual standards. Mondo wants you to be seen at your most informative and persuasive.

      • DaBakr
        July 2, 2017, 7:47 pm

        @pk

        “the Jewish Nation does not exist”

        I could start there and continue but I just realized that you could be right. Maybe there is a parallel universe where Jew-hating, Zionist and Israel hating beings perceive their own world has no Jewish Nation and any suggestion of such brings about such vociferous debate complete with reems of supposed documentation and skewed references to international law.

        But in the world I live in, just about 99% of people I deal with understand the reality of the existence of this Jewish Nation called Israel. There are millions of Arabs that live here that have absolutely no desire to be subsumed by anything that even comes close to Palestinian authority. In fact, there is a long waiting list for Palestinian in Israel to obtain Israeli citizenship. They vote, they swim in the ocean and many of then want Israel to expand the civil rights it extends to Arabs until it is completely equal with Jews and that is a righteous and admirable cause which will come to be one day.
        . But as for ceding territory, especially in the current climate ( Oh yes, we know many of you believe the Arab spring and wars between Arabs and Arabs and Arabs and Persians are all a devious plot we hatched and sometimes it makes us chuckle,) is part of the same fantasy that there is no Jewish Nation, that Israel has no right to exist, that it’s not a legitimate nation and so on. I would like to say your cracked in the head but I know there are many who believe as you do. It would be funny to say that it’s a conspiracy but sadly, it’s just mediocre mindset and true believer group think.

        @mssr

        The quickest way I could think of for MW to shrink readership would be to ban comments contrary to the group thinking of the core of regular (i understand, it’s sort of like …. Your family)
        Commenters here. What on earth would get the likes of an ej, kth or gml to get their hackles up of everybody agreed? But it is true, PW took down the whole’war of ideas’ lie. But you don’t expect him to cut off the main source of entertainment value his site holds? ( or, I’m sorry, did you think that was you?)

      • Paranam Kid
        July 3, 2017, 7:16 am

        @DaBakr
        The Jewish nation of israel as a name of a country does NOT exist, nether does the “Land of israel”; the only official state is the state of israel. And that state does NOT have the right to exist, no states have a “right to exist”, without exceptions. States come and go, are formed, and broken up. South Sudan was created in 2011. The USSR ceased to exist in 1991. Czechoslovakia became Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. Only individuals have rights, the right to exist & to self-determination in this case.

        The jews have the right to self-determination, but the NaZionist state denies the right to self-determination to the Palestinians. Instead, the NaZionist state has installed an Apartheid system, as officially established by the UN, and denies the Palestinians their right to self-determination. The right to self-determination is a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the NaZonist state flouts.

        Your claim that Palestinians are lining up for israeli citizenship is Hasbara bull, and israel will not even grant them that for fear of losing the majority status & thus the racial purity of the “country” (where else have we seen that?).

        And even if Palestinians would be lining up, even if they have swimming & other rights, that still does NOT give israel the right of its Apartheid system, nor to flout international law, nor to stay in the Stolen Palestinian Territories. Nobody is denying israel its right to exist, that is just more Hasbara bull, but israel does deny the Palestinians their right to exist as individuals & their right to self-determination by implementing an incremental genocide. Those so-called millions of Palestinians who have no desire to to be subsumed in Palestine is a blatant lie, as is all of your Hasbara bull.

        This has nothing to do with jew-hatred or antisemitism, criticism of israel has absolutely nothing to do with that, your claim is just Hasbara bull once more. Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, the European Union, and other countries are criticised every day, without those countries themselves objecting to the mere issue of criticism; israel is not an exception and needs to be excoriated to the hilt. In its current form, and in its current geographic spread it needs to be dismantled & turned into a real democratic state with equal rights for all its citizens, instead of being the racist, cancerous, putrefying boil on the face of the earth it is at present.

      • Mooser
        July 3, 2017, 11:54 am

        “But some, some could only imagine the motivation to play in Israel is strictly money.”

        “Dabakr”, that’s the point. If Israel was paying you, I would expect some value for their money.
        If Israel was paying you, there might be some message coordination, instead of this absurd mixture of begging and threatening and muttering.
        Do you ever ask yourself (or anybody else, like a Rabbi or Zionist official) “am I helping Zionism, or hindering”?
        No, you do not. They don’t want your muttering at any Zionist site, so you bring it here, where the standards for Zionism are the lowest.

      • Mooser
        July 3, 2017, 12:02 pm

        “The quickest way I could think of for MW to shrink readership would be to ban comments contrary to the group thinking of the core of regular”

        ROTFLMSJAO!!! “Dabakr”, your comments are the only thing keeping this place going. If the Zionists stop commenting, Mondo goes down the tubes.
        Thank you, “Dabakr”, a brocha on you for keeping Mondo going, when you Zionist commenters have the power to shut it down, by not commenting.
        Can Mondo can count on your continuing generosity? I think it can.

      • DaBakr
        July 3, 2017, 6:45 pm

        @ms

        Ok funny man. Because you spout it, it must be true. You really don’t enjoy coming up with your pithy quips when zip-supremacist comment. While it seems to me to be what you live for I’ll just take your word that it is a painful and soul-sucking experience for you to answer anyone who posts pro israel commentary

        The only issue I can see with you in particular is evidently, you post so many 1000s of comments that there aren’t enough zionists to satisfy your compulsion and continue to equip along regardless of content or relevance. But, supposedly, on MW, you are entertaining and fairly well liked. You found your comfort zone. Congratulations. Your going to deny how much fun you have typing from whatever podunk place you live in order to put us in our proper place.

        @pk

        . Jordan is a completely made up state as are many other Arab nations carved up by colonial powers. If the British, who made a bloody mess of things had stuck to their original parameters for the Jewish Nation almost all off Jordan would be part of israel and a partition deal could have been worked out decades ago. But obviously, the totalitarian monarchy, house of Hussein has more legitimacy in your view then the majority of Arabs that did not identify as hussein and considered themselves South Syrian or or other Arab groups that populated some of current Israel and Jordan

        Also, to whomever thought I got the idea of’winner take all’ backwards, I assure you, I know exactly from whence I write. There is no other example of a nation-victorious in 5 wars that has given up the strategic advantage it gained through blood and guts in order to sign a peace deal wether nobody knows who will be in power or wether any deal would be honored AFTER the land was returned. It’s not only absurd and not realistic, it’s not going to happen for a very long time of it happens at all.

        There are other concocted states that consider themselves Muslim but it’s obvious your focus is on the Jews and nobody else.

      • Paranam Kid
        July 4, 2017, 6:47 am

        It was not up to the Brits to work out a “partition deal”, it was up to the zionists & the Palestinians to negotiate & come to an agreement. Partition was not even “worked out” by the UN, it was only recommended, not authorised.

        I agree that the UK & France made a mess of the way they carved up the ME, with those straight lines on the map that ignore natural or ethnic boundaries. Nevertheless, israel refuses the Palestinians their right to self-determination, even though the Palestinians have accepted the zionists their right to it.

        israel has NOT given up any strategic advantages in any of the wars, it has continued to steal ever more of Palestinians’ land, thus adding to its strategic advantage. Like a hasbara troll you keep inverting facts, turning them into alternative facts.

        In all this you make 1 big mistake, or rather, you try to do standard zionist trick: conflate zionism with Judaism. The 2 are incompatible & mutually exclusive. zionism is racist & fascist, Judaism is not. israel is based on zionism, NOT on Judaism. So my focus is not on the Jews but on the zionists, the scourge of israel & the ME.

    • Marnie
      June 30, 2017, 4:04 am

      Radiohead is on par with Britney Spears – in Tel Aviv July 3rd.

      I guess Radiohead hit their stride 20 years ago, like Spears, and is being paid a sh$$-load of money to perform for the entertainment-starved zionists, who’d love to believe the world they created is normal and a Tel Aviv venue is to die for………

      • jd65
        June 30, 2017, 12:40 pm

        My intention is not to turn this into a geeky, contentious music criticism thread, but I gotta say I absolutely disagree that Radiohead “hit their stride 20 years ago.” And even though you likely didn’t mean “Radiohead is on par with Britney Spears” as a musical equivalence, the musician in me has to point out the grotesque ridiculousness of that sentence.

        Yes, I hate that it looks like Radiohead will not participate in the BDS movement. Yes, Israel is a criminal Apartheid state. Yes, all Zionist institutions participating in the theft of Palestine should be dismantled and Palestinians should have the full right of return plus reparations. Yes, justice should be meted to Netanyahu, Livni, etc. for war crimes, etc. However, if you’re gonna try to put forward the idea that Radiohead, as a musical group, is somehow on a par w/ the music of Britney Spears, you’re gonna have to be able to deal w/ being called out on your complete ignorance.

      • Marnie
        June 30, 2017, 1:36 pm

        Anyone who is willing to play Tel Aviv is a sell-out. They know what’s going on, but are going to play anyway. Radiohead, Spears, the rolling stones, Robbie whatever his name is. The musician in you? Oh, okay.

      • jd65
        June 30, 2017, 1:44 pm

        @ Marnie:

        “Anyone who is willing to play Tel Aviv is a sell-out. They know what’s going on, but are going to play anyway. Radiohead, Spears, the rolling stones, Robbie whatever his name is. The musician in you? Oh, okay.”

        I read this response to my post as your saying that you did not mean to put Radiohead’s music on a par w/ Britney Spears’s; Only they’re equivalent ignorance of the destructive criminality of Zionism and the equivalence of their ignorance of the nature of BDS. Good :)

      • DaBakr
        July 3, 2017, 6:48 pm

        That is like saying the rolling stones (another act that plays Israel) are on par with Englebert Humperdink. But if it makes you feel better….

        Also, Perlman is undoubtedly one of the best violinists alive and gene Simmons may be a weird guy but he also made a shtload of money and still does with young kids getting into the weird world of KISS. Kiss was on par with p. Floyd during the late 70s

  2. chocopie
    June 29, 2017, 2:47 pm

    He’s unlikely to change his mind, but it’s good for other artists to see that support for BDS is strong.

    Respect to the Israeli musicians for speaking out.

    • JoeSmack
      June 29, 2017, 7:28 pm

      You really think it’s that strong? I’ve never heard of most of these people, and the ones I have heard of are not actually musicians, at least not professionally.

      • Emory Riddle
        June 30, 2017, 6:54 am

        What Israeli musicians have you heard of?

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 12:12 pm

        “What Israeli musicians have you heard of?”

        Wasn’t there some very famous horn players? Now, of course, there isn’t much to show for it.

      • Keith
        June 30, 2017, 12:56 pm

        MOOSER- “Wasn’t there some very famous horn players?”

        Trust you to bring up that incident involving the chauffeur.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 2:32 pm

        “Keith” you can talk about classical Judaism all you want, but it was earth-shattering improvisations of Jazz and pop Judaism which made the walls come a’tumbling down.

      • Keith
        July 1, 2017, 10:42 am

        MOOSER- “…it was earth-shattering improvisations of Jazz and pop Judaism which made the walls come a’tumbling down.”

        The forbidden horn player?

  3. jd65
    June 29, 2017, 4:33 pm

    This is an excellent letter and, yes, it took some balls for these Israeli musicians to make it public. But I’ve got one somewhat nitpicky question: Why is the letter addressed to Thom Yorke? It’s not The Thom Yorke Band that has a scheduled date to play in Israel. It’s Radiohead. Sure, Yorke is seen as the leader. But if I was another member of that group, I’d feel disrespected. My assumption is that if joining the BDS is under consideration by Radiohead, it would not be Yorke’s decision alone to make. Kind of a big mistake addressing the letter to Yorke, imo. I guess, maybe, this point isn’t so nitpicky…

    • JustJessetr
      June 29, 2017, 10:59 pm

      Because Yorke is the one taking great pleasure in telling BDS to fu*k off.

      Boycotting Israel doesn’t help a single Palestinian gain rights, land, or money. It’s a 50-year old losing strategy. Normalization is the way to go.

      • RoHa
        June 30, 2017, 8:36 am

        “Normalization is the way to go.”

        You keep saying that, but Israel rejects normalization. Can you suggest any way the Palestinians could get the Israelis to agree?

      • Misterioso
        June 30, 2017, 12:25 pm

        JustJessetr

        “Normalization is the way to go.”

        Hmmm.

        To be brief:
        Call me naïve, but I find it difficult to see why the Palestinians would or should pursue “normalization” with an entity that is belligerently/illegally/brutally occupying them, seizing their land and water at an accelerating rate, subjecting them to collective punishments, torture, imprisonment without charge, destroying their homes and fruit/olive groves – all in blatant violation of hard won international humanitarian law, e.g.. the UN Charter, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Fourth Geneva Convention, the Rome Statute, etc., which are binding on all UN members.

      • jd65
        June 30, 2017, 12:59 pm

        jd65: “Why is the letter addressed to Thom Yorke?”

        JustJessetr: “Because Yorke is the one taking great pleasure in telling BDS to fu*k off.”

        Well… It does seem to be the case that Yorke is the one getting the [nominal] press coverage in terms of his non-backing of BDS. And the way you’ve phrased it, it seems that you feel Yorke takes more pleasure than the other members of the group in dissing the idea of BDS. This being the case, you’re kinda proving my point. Assuming/hoping Radiohead makes group decisions collectively, if the other members of the group possibly have more empathy toward BDS/Palestine, then addressing the letter to the entire group would be more productive, yes? Kind of like addressing the entire Democratic Party on issues related to Palestine, as opposed to simply addressing one’s concerns to Chuck Schumer?

      • echinococcus
        June 30, 2017, 1:16 pm

        RoHa

        … Israel rejects normalization. Can you suggest any way the Palestinians could get the Israelis to agree?

        Easy: Keep begging them to kingdom come to please accept normalization, instead of fighting to get them out.
        Wait a moment… that’s exactly what the PA has been doing since Oslo.

      • echinococcus
        June 30, 2017, 2:02 pm

        JD 65:

        Kind of like addressing the entire Democratic Party on issues related to Palestine, as opposed to simply addressing one’s concerns to Chuck Schumer?

        The result of either approach is exactly the same, as demonstrated by some seventy years of repeated hammer blows on Pollyanna’s head. The Schumers of the moment, ie the owners, win over the will of the gullible peons making up the “entire Democratic Party”. A party representing imperialist monopoly capital –one class at a time.

        I believe that your comparing this to a rocker band may be way too pessimistic for the band.

      • jd65
        June 30, 2017, 3:49 pm

        echinococcus: Yup, I hear you.

      • DaBakr
        June 30, 2017, 8:52 pm

        @jj
        . Finally, a commenter with a brain who doesn’t rely on emotions and envy.

        To those who oppose any form of normalization it just helps to point out the’victor takes all’ fantasy Palestinian supporters have been engaging in for over 50yrs.

      • echinococcus
        July 1, 2017, 12:25 am

        Bakr

        The love note from Bakr to Jesse the Just is worth a comment in its world-champion inconscience:

        … it just helps to point out the’victor takes all’ fantasy Palestinian supporters have been engaging in for over 50yrs.

        Coming from the 70-year victor-take-all as an accusation for those who can no more than only reaffirm their rights.

        Replaces a whole textbook on the Zionist concept of legality.

  4. LHunter
    June 29, 2017, 11:10 pm

    I wish Radiohead and other notable bands would hold a concert in support of the Palestinians – how wonderfully humane that would be.

    jd65 – I agree – I think the letter should have been addressed to Radiohead which wouldn’t preclude the authors from also addressing Yorke’ s previous comments. In another mondoweiss article by Jack Gain you also piped in with some interesting background facts about the wife of band member Jonny Greenwood being an ardent Zionist –

    jd65

  5. Talkback
    June 30, 2017, 3:32 am

    jd65: “Why is the letter addressed to Thom Yorke?”

    “We would like to respond directly to a comment you made in Rolling Stone.”

    • jd65
      June 30, 2017, 1:25 pm

      Good point, Talkback. However, I think it would’ve been a better idea to have simply folded that direct response to Yorke’s specific anti-BDS comments into a wider response/request to the whole group re: their playing in israel. Oh well…

  6. Brewer
    June 30, 2017, 3:47 am

    Do not despair oh ye of little faith.
    If we can confine Israel to a diet of Radiohead, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Mariah Carey, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Depeche Mode, Moby, the Pet Shop Boys, Aerosmith, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand and Kiss, it should collapse within a decade. Not a musician with soul in the whole sorry bunch.

    • jus sayin
      June 30, 2017, 10:07 am

      I’m pretty sure Leonard said he wasn’t gonna play there again.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 12:35 pm

        “I’m pretty sure Leonard said he wasn’t gonna play there again.”

        More than likely he won’t.

      • Emory Riddle
        July 1, 2017, 4:55 pm

        Not a single artist in that bunch. Just pop acts.

  7. Kaisa of Finland
    June 30, 2017, 10:34 am

    I used to love and listen to Idan Raichel Project untill I heard he was just part of this “white washing” of the governement of Israel. So I wiped him and his music out of my life complitely.

    An interesting side of these supporters of Zionism is, that they so often sing about peace, love and understanding while at the same time they are supporting such oppression and torture. This is where I “prefair” our own “racist groups”: They do not even pretend they are spreading love anywhere, but admit totally open and honest that they hate almost everyone, so one does not need to try to guess what they stand for.

    • Mooser
      June 30, 2017, 12:16 pm

      .” This is where I “prefair” our own “racist groups”

      Naturally. And the fairer, the better.

      • Kaisa of Finland
        June 30, 2017, 12:49 pm

        Mooser:

        “Naturally. And the fairer, the better.”

        Yes, Mooser! Indeed:

        I have never been in a situation where I would have been singing their songs for years, before realizing what they stand for. I’d expect some honesty from these Zionistas too.

        For many years I sang along with Matisyahu about

        “One day this all will change
        Treat people the same
        Stop with the violence
        Down with the hate
        One day we´ll all be free
        And proud to be
        Under the same sun
        Singing songs of freedom like

        Gotta hold on
        Livin life day by day
        Gotta hold on
        Put your focus on that one day

        All my life I´ve been waiting for
        I´ve been praying for
        For the people to say
        That we don´t wanna fight no more
        They´ll be no more wars
        And our children will play
        One day (one day), One day (one day)
        One day (one day), One day (one day)
        One day (one day), One day (one day..”

        And then I found out his One Day did not include the Palestinians.

        So yes, I respect honesty.

    • RoHa
      June 30, 2017, 7:10 pm

      ” that they hate almost everyone,”

      Almost? Wimps!

  8. Mooser
    June 30, 2017, 2:30 pm

    “So yes, I respect honesty.”

    And fairness.

    • Kaisa of Finland
      June 30, 2017, 4:40 pm

      Mooser:

      “And fairness”..

      In Finnish “to be fair” can be translated to mean “being honest”, “speaking honestly what you are meaning/thinking”, it can also mean “being just”. Fairness does not translate the same way, in Finnish it has the same meaning as justice. So for me there is a change of a meaning there.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 8:13 pm

        I agree. When “fairness” and “justice” are the same thing, that is about as good as it gets.

  9. Tuyzentfloot
    July 1, 2017, 7:18 am

    Normalization means accepting whatever Israel is doing as normal. I’m sure there’s another meaning, one which is supposed to reduce tensions between conflicting parties, but that is not relevant in this situation.

  10. Kaisa of Finland
    July 3, 2017, 4:08 pm

    RoHa:

    I don’t know, if you’ll find this comment here, but suddenly I came to think about your comment about the books of Tove Jansson and the “deeper and darker waters”..

    Here is too songs, in first one a Finnish Guy sings about family life and going to Ikea..

    • Kaisa of Finland
      July 3, 2017, 4:15 pm

      And here is another guy singing about how it feels when his girl friend left him..

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 3, 2017, 4:17 pm

        So you might sense some “darkness” here, but I can assure you, that when these guys sing about peace, love and tolerance, they really mean it!!

      • Mooser
        July 3, 2017, 9:15 pm

        “And here is another guy singing about how it feels when his girl friend left him..”

        Whoa, she didn’t just hand him the mitten, she pistol-whipped him with it!

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 4, 2017, 8:19 pm

        Mooser:

        “Whoa, she didn’t just hand him the mitten, she pistol-whipped him with it..”

        Or that’s how he felt it.. The song is called “You leave a mark/sign/trace” (jälki can mean all of those and he kind of uses all of the meanings there in the lyrics)..

        I just came to think about RoHas comment, when listening to these songs.. Maybe a bit dramatic?? But so honest :) ..

      • Mooser
        July 5, 2017, 12:20 pm

        “Or that’s how he felt it…”

        He thought he’d found the girl of his dreams, (or so it seemed) But this is how the story ends:
        She’s gonna turn him down and say: “Can’t we be friends?”

      • Kaisa of Finland
        July 5, 2017, 4:38 pm

        Mooser:

        “He thought he’d found the girl of his dreams..”

        Maybe this is from the time, when everything was still good..

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