Ed O’Brien Breaks Social Media Silence with Apology for Silence on Israel-Palestine Conflict Ed O’Brien of Radiohead made a return to social media with a New Year’s post on Instagram. In this post, he offered an apology for his previous silence on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, which was triggered by the Hamas attack at an Israeli music festival in October. Advocating for a ceasefire between the conflicting parties, the guitarist expressed:
“Happy New Year to each and every one of you. Wishing you and your loved ones happiness, joy, and laughter, and a bright 2024… An apology, too… It’s been a while since I posted. Like so many of you, I have found the events of October 7 and what has followed too awful for words. Anything that I have tried to write feels so utterly inadequate… Ceasefire now. Return the hostages.”
The Israel-Palestine issue has been a sensitive topic for Radiohead. The band faced criticism in 2017 for performing in Israel despite calls from Palestinian supporters and some musicians to cancel their show. This decision resulted in protests at their concerts, including major festivals like Glastonbury and TRNSMT.