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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Otti Tota Bußmann
Lena Arkadhewna
Neven Alnajjar
Halima Voruganti
Frann Naser
Lisa Jacks
Ambreen Habib
Darren O'Connor Richardson
Hugh Walker
Isabella Othman
Ermo Ikävalko
Artemis Christmas
Ella Downing
Pam Kearney
Pauline Mills
Jaweria Jaweria
Fawzan Dinnunhan
Karen Bett
Charles Crandall
Veka Zakanj
Fred Wilkinson
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Margaret Lynch
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Selina Whiteley
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  • Otti Tota Bußmann
    signed 2018-11-15 16:19:35 -0500
  • Lena Arkadhewna
    signed 2018-11-15 16:17:12 -0500
  • Neven Alnajjar
    signed 2018-11-15 16:10:05 -0500
  • Halima Voruganti
    signed 2018-11-15 16:05:52 -0500
  • Frann Naser
    signed 2018-11-15 15:59:19 -0500
    Any artist who condones the apartheid genocidal Zionist regime is not worthy of his/her fans’ support. I urge you to act morally and do the right thing!
  • Lisa Jacks
    signed 2018-11-15 15:58:38 -0500
  • Ambreen Habib
    signed 2018-11-15 15:55:01 -0500
  • Darren O'Connor Richardson
    signed 2018-11-15 15:52:39 -0500
    Don’t feed the Apartheid machine of Israel…don’t go Ed. Palestinias suffer under apartheid state of Israel.
  • Hugh Walker
    signed 2018-11-15 15:51:15 -0500
  • Isabella Othman
    signed 2018-11-15 15:47:53 -0500
  • Ermo Ikävalko
    signed 2018-11-15 15:46:25 -0500
  • Artemis Christmas
    signed 2018-11-15 15:44:40 -0500
    C’mon man. Don’t be a tool.
  • Ella Downing
    signed 2018-11-15 15:44:13 -0500
  • Pam Kearney
    signed 2018-11-15 15:40:06 -0500
  • Pauline Mills
    signed 2018-11-15 15:39:15 -0500
  • Jaweria Jaweria
    signed 2018-11-15 15:38:44 -0500
  • Fawzan Dinnunhan
    signed 2018-11-15 15:38:22 -0500
  • Karen Bett
    signed 2018-11-15 15:34:21 -0500
  • Charles Crandall
    signed 2018-11-15 15:32:54 -0500
  • Lia
    signed 2018-11-15 15:28:09 -0500
  • Veka Zakanj
    signed 2018-11-15 15:27:16 -0500
  • Fred Wilkinson
    signed 2018-11-15 15:25:21 -0500
  • Saiqa Ali
    signed 2018-11-15 15:25:19 -0500
    I really like you and your music and I really don’t want to boycott you..the list is already too long. Please consider the situation of the Palestinian people and the horrendous conditions that they have to live under. Please don’t perform in Israel. Please say no to performing and no to occupation…
  • Margaret Lynch
    signed 2018-11-15 15:23:21 -0500
  • toby marshall
    signed 2018-11-15 15:23:18 -0500
    don’t lose your soul, you will be used by them as a propaganda tool for brand israel. you dont need the money surely,you are standing with the oppressor, not the oppressed. time to pay attention Ed, for your sake as much as anybody else.
  • Selina Whiteley
    signed 2018-11-15 15:23:16 -0500
  • Angela Brophy
    signed 2018-11-15 15:22:16 -0500
  • Michael Marler
    signed 2018-11-15 15:18:59 -0500
    You’ve been a Lannister, don’t help people that are worse than Lannisters.
  • Beverley Hussien
    signed 2018-11-15 15:18:33 -0500
    Ed, I think you have the voice of an angel, please don’t force me to turn you off!!
  • Yu Ding
    signed 2018-11-15 15:18:07 -0500
    Israel is an atrocious terrorist regime against millions of Palestinian. Do the moral thing to boycott Israel.

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