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Anti-Israel Activists Stage Protest Outside London Office of Radiohead’s Accountant Firm Ahead of Band’s Upcoming Tel Aviv Concert

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A July 2012 Radiohead concert. Photo: Kudumomo via Wiki Commons.

Members of an anti-Israel group demonstrated outside the London office of Radiohead’s accounting firm earlier this week to protest the British rock band’s upcoming concert in Tel Aviv, the online music magazine Pitchfork reported.

Activists from London Palestine Action (LPA) on Monday held Palestinian flags and donned cut-out masks of both Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the gathering in front of the Hardwick & Morris office. The protesters held signs that read “Radiohead: Don’t leave Palestinians high and dry” and “Karma police, arrest this man for his crimes against solidarity,” and sang some Radiohead songs with edited lyrics that accused the band of “entertaining apartheid while Palestine’s occupied.”

Radiohead has not yet responded to the protest.

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The band is scheduled to play in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on July 19 as it wraps up its 2017 A Moon Shaped Pool tour.

After Radiohead first announced the concert in April, BDS supporters — including Desmond Tutu and Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters — signed an open letter urging the rockers to cancel their show to “help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law [against Palestinians].”

The band has continued to face pressure for refusing to call off the concert. Yorke said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month that the amount of harassment the band had received from BDS supporters was “extremely upsetting, disrespectful and offensive.”

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