Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt Radiohead’s Glastonbury concert over upcoming Tel Aviv gig


(JTA) — British protesters disrupted the band Radiohead’s performance at a popular festival in Britain over its upcoming performance in Tel Aviv.

As Radiohead performed Friday as the headliner at the Glastonbury Festival in South West England, some waved Palestinian flags and raised a banner reading “Israel is an apartheid state. Radiohead, don’t play there,” the London-based website Jewish News reported. Some members of the audience also shouted “free Palestine.”

The band was greeted with applause as it took the stage, according to the report.

Dozens of high-profile artists signed a letter sent to Radiohead in February urging the band to cancel its July performance in Tel Aviv. Earlier this month, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke said the letter was “offensive” and called out its signers for assuming the band is not informed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pro-Palestinian advocates have since ratcheted up their protests against Yorke and the group. The activist group London Palestine Action gathered outside the office of Radiohead’s accounting firm last week with posters accusing the band of “supporting Israeli apartheid.”

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