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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Colm Corcoran
Mick OBrien
Brendan Kelly
Suzanne OHara
jennifer stolte
Aidan McLaughlin
John Toal
Eoin Keenan
Parveen shafiq
Sean Corr
Helen Loukaides
Erica Lang
Tomas Corr
Karam Taha
Anthony Reilly
Khaled Abu-Qare
Kelly Snowdon
Sophie Hannen
Pierce Rafferty
CIara Dawson
Desmond Kelly
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Mary Brazil
james mc callion
Carol Buttet
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  • Colm Corcoran
    signed 2018-11-15 17:45:35 -0500
  • Mick OBrien
    signed 2018-11-15 17:45:02 -0500
  • Brendan Kelly
    signed 2018-11-15 17:42:18 -0500
  • Suzanne OHara
    signed 2018-11-15 17:40:57 -0500
    Do not play in isreal
  • jennifer stolte
    signed 2018-11-15 17:40:25 -0500
    Ed, You are an amazing artist with a huge heart. Please do the right thing by cancelling your concert in Israel to send a message that violations of Palestinian human rights are NOT acceptable. killings in Gaza must end. Stand with those who need your voice.
  • Aidan McLaughlin
    signed 2018-11-15 17:39:37 -0500
    I can’t believe that someone like Ed Sheeran would even consider something playing in Israel. I’m in shock and utterly disgusted. And he has Irish roots, his people that suffered at the hands of oppression for hundreds of years.
  • John Toal
    signed 2018-11-15 17:39:34 -0500
    Please Ed dont play in Israel, its an aparthied, racist state.
  • Eoin Keenan
    signed 2018-11-15 17:38:40 -0500
  • Parveen shafiq
    signed 2018-11-15 17:38:10 -0500
  • Sean Corr
    signed 2018-11-15 17:37:57 -0500
  • Helen Loukaides
    signed 2018-11-15 17:37:01 -0500
    Helen Loukaides
  • Erica Lang
    signed 2018-11-15 17:36:29 -0500
    My son loves you but he will not support you performing in Israel while the Palestinians are being murdered. He is 9 years old
  • Tomas Corr
    signed 2018-11-15 17:35:09 -0500
  • Karam Taha
    signed 2018-11-15 17:32:14 -0500
  • Anthony Reilly
    signed 2018-11-15 17:30:31 -0500
  • Khaled Abu-Qare
    signed 2018-11-15 17:29:27 -0500
  • Kelly Snowdon
    signed 2018-11-15 17:29:18 -0500
  • Sophie Hannen
    signed 2018-11-15 17:29:07 -0500
  • Pierce Rafferty
    signed 2018-11-15 17:27:25 -0500
    Please don’t play Ed, as a fan I urge you don’t to. Stand up for Palestine.
  • CIara Dawson
    signed 2018-11-15 17:27:22 -0500
    CIara Dawson
  • Desmond Kelly
    signed 2018-11-15 17:22:38 -0500
  • Beverley McKeown
    signed 2018-11-15 17:20:23 -0500
  • Mary Brazil
    signed 2018-11-15 17:19:36 -0500
  • james mc callion
    signed 2018-11-15 17:16:28 -0500
  • Carol Buttet
    signed 2018-11-15 17:15:49 -0500
  • Marie Rigby
    signed 2018-11-15 17:15:41 -0500
    Don’t normalise the rogue state of Israel there is nothing normal about Israelis treatment of the Palestinian people.Two hundred unarmed peaceful civilians murdered from March 2018 thousands wounded by live ammunition.
  • Hani Muhtadi
    signed 2018-11-15 17:15:24 -0500
  • diane NiChionaoith
    signed 2018-11-15 17:15:21 -0500
  • Sue Grant
    @warrior4evermor tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 17:13:43 -0500
    Hey Ed Sheeran and @EdSheeranFans: Don’t #Divide Palestinians from their human rights; Tell @EdSheeran not to perform in apartheid Israel #EdSheeranDontGo! https://www.codepink.org/edshereen?recruiter_id=728895
  • Jav Maqbool
    signed 2018-11-15 17:13:37 -0500

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