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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Kerry sams
Karen Mint
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Orla Murray
Felipe Alvarado
Michela Callehari
Michael Levin
Mosese Beci
Ian Pinhey
Sabrina Coco
Zafar Butt
Andy Thomas
John Dudley
Shumail Ahmed
Jay Yo
Amira Brock
Jane Daly
Rachid Mahdad
Brian Moran
Linda Edens
John Bernard
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Niyazi Abdullah
Yassen Kolarov
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  • Kerry sams
    signed 2018-11-15 15:18:06 -0500
    No way, don’t go!! Please educate yourself on the plight of the Palestinians. Be on the right side of history!!!!!
  • Karen Mint
    signed 2018-11-15 15:13:49 -0500
  • Jasleen Sethi
    signed 2018-11-15 15:13:20 -0500
  • Orla Murray
    signed 2018-11-15 15:08:19 -0500
    Don’t whitewash Aparthied +ethnic cleansing Ed. If you play in Israel, Maddens bar might have to boycott you!! 😊
  • Felipe Alvarado
    signed 2018-11-15 15:07:09 -0500
    Felipe Alvarado
  • Michela Callehari
    signed 2018-11-15 15:05:20 -0500
    Please don’t perform there, don’t let them use you to whitewash apartheid. Thank you.
  • Michael Levin
    signed 2018-11-15 15:01:09 -0500
  • Mosese Beci
    signed 2018-11-15 15:00:10 -0500
  • Ian Pinhey
    signed 2018-11-15 14:59:34 -0500
  • Sabrina Coco
    signed 2018-11-15 14:56:19 -0500
  • Zafar Butt
    signed 2018-11-15 14:56:18 -0500
    Don’t do it
  • Andy Thomas
    signed 2018-11-15 14:54:00 -0500
  • shumail ahmed
    @shumailahmed1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 14:53:33 -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=780517
  • John Dudley
    signed 2018-11-15 14:53:16 -0500
    Please don’t validate the destruction of an entire nation of people.
  • Shumail Ahmed
    signed 2018-11-15 14:52:27 -0500
  • Jay Yo
    signed 2018-11-15 14:50:41 -0500
    Please reconsider canceling your show in this apartheid country where 1000s of innocent children, medics and journalists have been murdered just for fighting for freedom and dignity.
  • Amira Brock
    signed 2018-11-15 14:44:40 -0500
  • Jane Daly
    signed 2018-11-15 14:42:19 -0500
    Endorsing apartheid undermines your authenticity as an artist
  • Rachid Mahdad
    signed 2018-11-15 14:40:12 -0500
  • Brian Moran
    signed 2018-11-15 14:38:37 -0500
  • Linda Edens
    signed 2018-11-15 14:33:15 -0500
  • John Bernard
    signed 2018-11-15 14:33:14 -0500
    Israel is a racisrs endeavour and committing genocide
  • Viola Rosita
    signed 2018-11-15 14:32:59 -0500
  • Niyazi Abdullah
    signed 2018-11-15 14:31:57 -0500
  • Yassen Kolarov
    signed 2018-11-15 14:31:34 -0500
  • Owen Williams
    signed 2018-11-15 14:29:25 -0500
  • Fayez Abukias
    signed 2018-11-15 14:27:21 -0500
  • Rosie Adams
    signed 2018-11-15 14:24:47 -0500
  • Lamiz Fayker
    signed 2018-11-15 14:20:32 -0500
  • Saf Kahn
    signed 2018-11-15 14:11:48 -0500

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