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Radiohead’s Controversial Concert in Tel Aviv & 5 Other Artists Performing in Israel News Roundup
Lyndsey Havens, Billboard

Radiohead’s Controversial Concert in Tel Aviv & 5 Other Artists Performing in Israel

On July 19, Radiohead will end a tour in support of well-received ninth studio album A Moon Shaped Pool with a performance in Tel Aviv, Israel. The show will mark the group’s ninth time playing the city, most recently in 2000 ahead of Kid A. What should serve as a celebration of sorts has been weighed down by controversy regarding the band's decision to play the city despite the current cultural ban...

about 2 weeks ago
Roger Waters Calls Out Thom Yorke Over Radiohead Israel Controversy News Roundup
Jazz Monroe, Pitchfork

Roger Waters Calls Out Thom Yorke Over Radiohead Israel Controversy

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters has spoken out after Thom Yorke dismissed a petition for Radiohead to cancel an upcoming concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. In defending the show, Yorke had singled out Waters—one of the petition’s signees—because Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich worked heavily on Waters’ new album.

about 3 weeks ago
Roger Waters Says He Tried to Discuss His Concerns About Radiohead Playing Israel With Thom Yorke News Roundup
Dee Lockett, Vulture

Roger Waters Says He Tried to Discuss His Concerns About Radiohead Playing Israel With Thom Yorke

Today in political-rock-star beef, Roger Waters has responded to a bitter interview Thom Yorke gave to Rolling Stone about Waters’s public criticism of Radiohead’s controversial decision to perform in Israel next month. Waters says Yorke’s statement, in which the Radiohead...

about 3 weeks ago
Roger Waters Disputes Thom Yorke’s Explosive Comments Over Radiohead Israel Controversy News Roundup
Ryan Thaxton, Paste Mag

Roger Waters Disputes Thom Yorke’s Explosive Comments Over Radiohead Israel Controversy

Roger Waters has responded to Radiohead’s Thom Yorke after Yorke accused Waters of being divisive and attempting to “throw shit at [Radiohead] in public” in regard to an open letter to the band, signed by Waters, asking that they cancel plans to perform in Israel later this year.

about 3 weeks ago
Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S. News Roundup
Michael Hamad, Hartford Courant

Teen Palestinian Rappers Leave Refugee Camp To Bring Message Of Freedom To U.S.

Wherever you go, teenagers want to sing and dance. Palestinian teens living in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank of Israel, want others things, too: security, freedom, hope for the future. "We want our rights, as human beings, as children, as teenagers," says Sireen Khamis, 16.

on March 24, 2017
Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest News Roundup
William Booth, The Washington Post

Palestinian Christian from Bethlehem Wins Wildly Popular ‘Arab Idol’ Song Contest

Thousands gathered in the holy city’s Manger Square late Saturday night to watch one of their own win the “Arab Idol” song contest, the wildly popular ratings monster that brings the...

on February 26, 2017
Meet the Palestinian Hip-Hop Artist at the Center of Israel’s Culture Wars News Roundup
Joshua Mitnick, The Los Angeles Times

Meet the Palestinian Hip-Hop Artist at the Center of Israel’s Culture Wars

Tamer Nafar fell in love with hip-hop growing up amid the faded public housing blocks and garbage strewn public parks of Ramat Eshkol, a hardscrabble interethnic neighborhood in the central Israeli city of Lod where life was punctuated by...

on January 11, 2017
Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes News Roundup
Majeda El-Batsh, AFP

Like Hero Tupac, Israeli Arab Rapper’s Music Provokes

Israeli Arab rapper Tamer Nafar's politically-charged lyrics have sparked the same kind of controversy that may have made his hero Tupac Shakur proud. Nafar, from the pioneering political rap group DAM, has touched a nerve with songs like "Who's the Terrorist?" skewering what he and others say is discrimination against Arabs in Israel.

on November 27, 2016
Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled Then Reinstated News Roundup
Alexander Nazaryan

Why a Controversial Palestinian History Class at Berkeley Was Cancelled Then Reinstated

For a Palestinian insurgent supposedly determined to see Israel destroyed, Paul Hadweh looks remarkably like his fellow students at the University of California, Berkeley. I met the 22-year-old senior on the rooftop of a campus building...

on October 5, 2016