A comment from director Mike Leigh ahead of Radiohead’s Tel Aviv gig on Wednesday. If you haven’t been following, artists around the world have been calling on Radiohead, who have (now infamously) expressed support for Tibetans and other oppressed people while insisting that playing in Israel will foster dialogue between the occupiers and the occupied – to cancel the gig.

‘As the lights go out in Gaza and Palestinian cancer patients die because they are denied travel permits by Israel, while a Palestinian poet in Israel lives under house arrest for a poem she wrote on Facebook, while a young circus performer from the West Bank languishes in administrative detention without charge or trial – Thom Yorke speaks loftily about ‘crossing borders’ and ‘freedom of expression’. One has to ask, freedom for whom exactly?’

The rest is here: Mike Leigh slams Radiohead for ignoring Palestinians

The debate that’s been generated by this very public dispute has thrust BDS into the spotlight, which is for the good I think. As for Thom Yorke, here’s his message to pro Palestine fans at last week’s Radiohead concert in Glasgow.