#CelineDontGo

More and more artists are standing up for Palestinian rights by refusing to perform in apartheid Israel. But grammy-winning singer Celine Dion scheduled to perform at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv in August 2020. Sign the petition asking her to reach a high note for Palestinian rights by canceling her show in Israel.


Dear Celine,

Please sing a high note for Palestinian freedom, dignity, and human rights by canceling your August performance in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Palestinians living in the West Bank under Israeli occupation and apartheid face a nightmare of daily humiliations, roads divided between Jews and Palestinians, and a military court system where children are taken from their homes in the middle of the night and abused. Israel openly institutes two sets of laws for two groups of people – the definition of apartheid – and is the only country in the world with a juvenile military court system.

Palestinians living in Gaza face a military siege so crippling that unemployment— especially for Gaza’s youth—has skyrocketed and 97% of the water is unfit for human consumption. In 2014, Israel massacred over 550 children in Gaza, and since March 2018, they have been using snipers to kill and main peaceful protestors. The United Nations has accused Israel of having likely committed war crimes in Gaza.

Palestinians inside the green line of Israel, where you are scheduled to perform, face systematic discrimination. Prime Minister Netanyahu recently stated openly that only Jewish votes count in determining Israel’s decisions.

The Tel Aviv venue where you are scheduled to perform, Yarkon Park, is built on top of the ruins of Jarisha village, which was completely depopulated—ethnically cleansed—of its Palestinian inhabitants in May 1948 by the Irgun militia. Just weeks prior to the depopulation of Jarisha, the Irgun militia had carried out the notorious Deir Yassin massacre where they brutally massacred hundreds of Palestinians. The Deir Yassin massacre sowed panic and fear across Palestine, paving the way for the next phases of ethnic cleansing. Around 800,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their lands in 1948 to clear the way for the State of Israel to be established. These Palestinians and their descendants continue to suffer from racism, occupation, apartheid, siege, massacres, and other injustices by Israel.

Since 2005, Palestinians have been calling on the international community to support their struggle for freedom and equality in the same way that was effective in ending South African apartheid. As someone who named one of your twin sons after Nelson Mandela, we hope you will see the need to support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality and will act by canceling your performance in Israel.

Sincerely,

Dear Celine,

Please sing a high note for Palestinian freedom, dignity, and human rights by canceling your August performance in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Palestinians living in the West Bank under Israeli occupation and apartheid face a nightmare of daily humiliations, roads divided between Jews and Palestinians, and a military court system where children are taken from their homes in the middle of the night and abused. Israel openly institutes two sets of laws for two groups of people – the definition of apartheid – and is the only country in the world with a juvenile military court system.

Palestinians living in Gaza face a military siege so crippling that unemployment— especially for Gaza’s youth—has skyrocketed and 97% of the water is unfit for human consumption. In 2014, Israel massacred over 550 children in Gaza, and since March 2018, they have been using snipers to kill and main peaceful protestors. The United Nations has accused Israel of having likely committed war crimes in Gaza.

Palestinians inside the green line of Israel, where you are scheduled to perform, face systematic discrimination. Prime Minister Netanyahu recently stated openly that only Jewish votes count in determining Israel’s decisions.

The Tel Aviv venue where you are scheduled to perform, Yarkon Park, is built on top of the ruins of Jarisha village, which was completely depopulated—ethnically cleansed—of its Palestinian inhabitants in May 1948 by the Irgun militia. Just weeks prior to the depopulation of Jarisha, the Irgun militia had carried out the notorious Deir Yassin massacre where they brutally massacred hundreds of Palestinians. The Deir Yassin massacre sowed panic and fear across Palestine, paving the way for the next phases of ethnic cleansing. Around 800,000 Palestinians were ethnically cleansed from their lands in 1948 to clear the way for the State of Israel to be established. These Palestinians and their descendants continue to suffer from racism, occupation, apartheid, siege, massacres, and other injustices by Israel.

Since 2005, Palestinians have been calling on the international community to support their struggle for freedom and equality in the same way that was effective in ending South African apartheid. As someone who named one of your twin sons after Nelson Mandela, we hope you will see the need to support the Palestinian struggle for freedom and equality and will act by canceling your performance in Israel.

Sincerely,

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