Radiohead are a band that many had associated with progressive politics. But now it turns out they have an extraordinary following among Israeli diplomats and right-wing conservatives. From US radio host Glenn Beck and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler, a range of around twenty Israel lobby groups, and thirteen Israeli diplomatic missions around the world from Ireland to Colombia, these groups are united in their explicit contempt for the indigenous Palestinian people’s lives.
The Jerusalem Post described Radiohead’s Israel gig and Thom Yorke’s rejection of the Palestinian call for BDS as “the best hasbara [advocacy] Israel has received lately”. Thom Yorke has defended their decision saying that “playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government”, but the Israeli government and its supporters certainly do endorse Radiohead.
Palestinian, Israeli and UK artists and activists have repeatedly pointed to the inevitable instrumentalisation of the band’s appearance in Tel Aviv by Israel and its supporters.
Here are samples of messaging from June and July.
1. ISRAEL GOVERNMENT & DIPLOMATIC MISSIONS:
The State of Israel’s official twitter channel, Foreign Ministry:
Israel Deputy Consul US:
Israel Ambassador to South Africa:
Consul General of Israel, Boston:
Israel Ambassador to Colombia:
Diplomat, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Spokesperson Embassy of Israel, London:
Consul General of Israel in New York and settler leader:
2. ISRAEL LOBBY GROUPS
Creative Community for Peace:
Executive Director StandWithUs -#Israel:
Spokesman Jewish Agency for Israel, USA:
Former Chief of Staff to PM:
The Israel Project:
Director, The Israel Project:
Exec. Director, Stand With Us:
Political adviser. Member of the World Jewish Congress Jewish Diplomatic Corps and the World Zionist Organization Sweden.
Co-founder, Adam & Gila Milstein Foundation, Israeli-American Community Advocate
World Jewish Congress:
Associate VP of Israel Engagement CJPIsrael,
Former Director of Speechwriting @ Mission of Israel to UN:
Head of Israel Counter-Delegitimization Unit
Former Head of digital media for the Israel Defense Forces:
Stand With Us:
Israel Action Network:
3. US right and far right
Glenn Beck, radio host (US)
President, Citizens for Self Governance,
Co-Founder and former National Coord. of Tea Party Patriots:
Thanks to PACBI for the research.