Ed Sheeran: Don’t Divide Palestinians from their Rights

Dear Ed Sheeran,

We appeal to you: Stand against the oppression of Palestinians, don’t perform in Israel.

On October 30, Haaretz reported that you are in advanced negotiations for a summer 2019 concert in Israel. Accepting this show would allow your name and music to be used to whitewash the merciless occupation and apartheid of the Palestinian people.

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza live under a brutal military occupation. In the West Bank, they face checkpoints, home demolitions, and a military court designed specifically for children. As a direct result of Israel’s siege, Palestinians in Gaza are in a dire humanitarian crisis: 97% of the water is undrinkable, electricity is available for only 4 hours a day, and hospitals are without sufficient supplies. Since March 30, over 200 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by Israeli snipers. Thousands more have been injured.

Last summer, you participated in the Amnesty International global concert series to support refugees. But if you perform in Israel you will be sending a message to over 5 million Palestinian refugees across the world and the over 70% of Palestinians in Gaza who are refugees that their rights do not matter. One of the core tenants of the call to boycott Israel is that Israel must honor the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and lands in accordance with international law. Amnesty International speaks up regularly about these egregious violations of Palestinian human rights. Will you speak up as well by declining to perform in Israel?

During the past year, both Lorde and Lana Del Ray cancelled concerts in Israel upon hearing about the plight of Palestinians. Actress Natalie Portman declined to accept an award in Israel because of the killings in Gaza. Cancellations or refusals to perform in Israel over the years have included legendary artists including Lauryn Hill, Gil Scott-Heron, Elvis Costello, Roger Waters and others. We hope you will add your name to this list of artists who stand for justice.

Towards freedom and dignity for Palestinians,



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  • Marilyn Walmsley
    signed 2018-11-15 18:42:13 -0500
  • Vincent Rowe
    signed 2018-11-15 18:34:17 -0500
    There is absolutely no room in this world or any other for bullies,

    Compassion is the way for creating lasting peace and wellness.
  • Sean Redmond
    signed 2018-11-15 18:31:02 -0500
    Please don’t support an apartheid state……
  • Nabil Jabbour
    signed 2018-11-15 18:25:47 -0500
  • Aislinn Wallace
    signed 2018-11-15 18:21:42 -0500
  • Gurney Braithwaite
    signed 2018-11-15 18:21:40 -0500
  • Arlene McGinn
    signed 2018-11-15 18:19:22 -0500
    baby, please don’t go!!
  • alfredo alvarez
    signed 2018-11-15 18:18:03 -0500
    alfredo alvarez
  • Daithí Mac Uait
    signed 2018-11-15 18:15:07 -0500
  • mary palmer
    signed 2018-11-15 18:14:06 -0500
  • Robert Lewis
    signed 2018-11-15 18:09:41 -0500
    If you go to Israel to perform you will be forever regretting it Ed and forever you will be known as a musician who went to this criminal enterprise. You will loose whole swathes of your fan base.
  • Wayne Roberts
    signed 2018-11-15 18:09:18 -0500
  • Angela Ginatempo
    signed 2018-11-15 18:08:26 -0500
  • Bronagh Gorman
    signed 2018-11-15 18:07:14 -0500
    Don’t have a concert in Israel stand up for Palestinians. If you preform in Israel the blood of the Palestinian people will be on your hands Ed
  • Daryl Ball
    signed 2018-11-15 18:06:46 -0500
    You will lose so much credibility and respect if you make this awful decision to play in Israel :(
  • anne hennessy
    signed 2018-11-15 18:06:28 -0500
  • Rafia Baloch
    signed 2018-11-15 18:05:59 -0500
  • Alison Sendall
    signed 2018-11-15 18:04:23 -0500
  • Orlaith O’Neill
    signed 2018-11-15 18:04:02 -0500
  • Thorsteinn Einarsson
    signed 2018-11-15 17:59:40 -0500
    You have appeared to me as a good and kind hearted person. Please don´t perform for people urging for the killing of Palestinians and killing them each and every day to the shame of us all in the western world doing nothing about it.
  • Fenella Machanová
    signed 2018-11-15 17:59:31 -0500
  • Trond Braaten
    signed 2018-11-15 17:58:45 -0500
  • Kim Turner
    signed 2018-11-15 17:58:15 -0500
  • Mogmat Nomdoe
    signed 2018-11-15 17:57:42 -0500
  • Peter McCabe
    signed 2018-11-15 17:54:58 -0500
  • Mark Ó Coigligh
    signed 2018-11-15 17:53:09 -0500
    Throughout your career you have proven yourself through many deeds to be kind, compassionate and warm natured. I appeal to your decency (and I do believe your decent) please don’t forsake the refugees you made a stand for last summer.
  • Oonagh O'Reilly
    signed 2018-11-15 17:52:52 -0500
  • Ian McNabb
    signed 2018-11-15 17:52:30 -0500
  • Shaun Rahman
    signed 2018-11-15 17:52:16 -0500
    Why would you even think about performing in an apartheid and an illegal terrorist state who murders innocent men, women and children daily? Have you no shame?
  • Brian Murray
    signed 2018-11-15 17:50:48 -0500
    Brian Murray
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