Ra­dio­head urged to can­cel Is­rael con­cert

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

RA­DIO­HEAD,THE BRI­TISH rock band, has been urged to can­cel a con­cert in Tel Aviv this sum­mer as part of a “cul­tural boy­cott of Is­rael”.

Dozens of writ­ers, mu­si­cians, artists and other high pro­file fig­ures have signed an open let­ter de­mand­ing the band pulls out “un­til apartheid is over”.

Pub­lished on Mon­day, the let­ter was signed by Des­mond Tutu, ac­tor Ricky Tom­lin­son, Pink Floyd’s Roger Wa­ters, film­mak­ers Ken Loach and Mike Leigh and writer and broad­caster Michael Rosen, among oth­ers.

They asked the band to “think again… be­cause 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’”.

A Ra­dio­head spokesper­son said the band would not com­ment on the let­ter.

Jonny Green­wood, Ra­dio­head’s lead gui­tarist, is mar­ried to an Is­raeli vis­ual artist called Sharona Katan.

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