Friday, September 24th | 18 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Thom Yorke


Top British band Radiohead and its frontman Thom Yorke might seem unlikely activists for Israel, but that was effectively what they became in 2017, when the BDS movement made an unsuccessful attempt to bully them into canceling a concert in Tel Aviv.

The boycotters threw everything they had at Radiohead, but the band remained defiant, with Yorke flipping off pro-Palestinian demonstrators at one concert.

As Yorke put it in a “Rolling Stone” interview, “It’s deeply distressing that they choose to, rather than engage with us personally, throw s**t 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 offensive.”

In the end, the band, which found an enthusiastic fan base in Israel during its early days, treated enraptured Tel Avivians to its longest concert in years to great acclaim. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)


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