Radiohead not understanding what the issues are in Palestine. Falling between some anecdotal defence. That a band members wife is Arab Jew somehow excuses them is just bollocks. I know plenty of British people, blissfully unaware of the crimes of the British Empire, who will promote patriotism and jingoism. Ignoring the oppression cause throughout our history. So being close to something does not make you, necessarily, fully informed about it. Infact, I would suggest confirmation bias would make you less informed as a general rule. As no one likes to believe their history is a dark thing. You have to investigate both sides of the argument as best you can. Trying to account for inherent bias in your own thought processes. You need to look and learn. As for Israel. There is a wall built to stop Palestinians from freely moving around their own country. Their homes are bulldozed to make way for Israeli settlements. Settlements which are illegal under international law. This week Israel is choking the supply of electricity into Gaza. Hospitals need electricity. So the Palestinians react to these sanctions, they fight back in the only way they can. They throw stones, and at in more extreme cases use military actions and terrorism. Which results with the violent response of Israel, which has money and sophisticated arms. Put great effect by the IDF. An organisation formed paramilitary terrorist organisations. Israeli governments response to Hamas in Gaza would be like the British government launching a missile attack on Belfast or Derry after any number of terrorist acts on the British mainland. These acts of violence are deplorable, no matter who carries them out. And whenever we can oppose them, we should. And BDS has been proven to be an effective way of achieving change. You only have to look at the shifts in South Africa to understand them.

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