#BDSfail: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators wave flags & protest signs during a music festival in Scotland, angering guitarist/singer Thom Yorke, who responded with his middle finger at protesters trying to bully and intimidate the group into cancelling their concert in Israel later this month.
By Ami Friedman
Pro-Palestinian activists waved flags and banners protesting Radiohead’s arrival in Israel on July 19th and called for a cultural boycott of the Jewish state during a performance at the Transmight Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.
Activists from Glasgow Palestine Action, Glasgow Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and Radiohead Fans for Palestine demonstrated outside the festival prior to the band’s performance.
Once the band the took the stage, they were met by a sea of Palestinian flags and signs.Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke appeared angered by the protestors, according to fans in the audience.
Prior to the band’s performance of “Myxomatosis”, Yorke reportedly exclaimed, “Some fucking people!” while staring out into the crowd. He was also caught giving the middle finger to the flag wavers.
Yorke has expressed his agitation with the BDS before in an interview with American magazine Rolling Stone, addressing the boycott movement’s attempts to prevent their scheduled concert in Israel by calling it “divisive” and “patronizing.”
“I’ll be totally honest with you: this has been extremely upsetting,” said Yorke to the Rolling Stone interviewer. “There’s an awful lot of people who don’t agree with the BDS movement, including us. I don’t agree with the cultural ban at all, along with J.K. Rowling, Noam Chomsky and a long list of others.”
“The kind of dialogue that they want to engage in is one that’s black or white. I have a problem with that,” Yorke explained. “It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw shit at us in public.
“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. I thought it was patronizing in the extreme. It’s offensivem 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).”
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