Singer issues statement following criticism...
Radiohead (Credit: Alex Lake)

Thom Yorke has posted a statement online addressing critics of Radiohead's upcoming show in Israel.

The band will play Tel Aviv on July 19th, a move some have condemned - there is a widespread, if unofficial, arts-led boycott of Israel due to the country's policies on the Palestinian people.

Director Ken Loach led the way, issuing a public rebuke to the Oxford band. Addressing this, Thom Yorke posted a statement online arguing that "playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government".

"We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others. As we have in America. We don’t endorse (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America."

Read the statement below.

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