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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Wessam Awadalla
MaryAnne Dumont
Anne Carroll
Heidi Issa
Heather Glasson
Sami Karaman
Sam Musa
Bayan Joudeh
Christine Howe
David Clements
Barbara Williams
Mike Hall
Adam Spencer
Barbara Pesch
Maraed Riley
maria griswold
Susanne Lee
S. Perry
Ian Gray
Somayya Sujee
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Zaina Masri
Laurence Moss
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  • Wessam Awadalla
    signed 2018-11-15 14:11:06 -0500
  • MaryAnne Dumont
    signed 2018-11-15 14:10:48 -0500
  • Anne Carroll
    signed 2018-11-15 14:10:16 -0500
  • Heidi Issa
    signed 2018-11-15 14:09:56 -0500
  • Heather Glasson
    signed 2018-11-15 14:06:14 -0500
    Ed just do your homework and research! Don’t encourage this illegal occupation and the lack of dignity the Israelis allow the Palestinians. Do the right thing. Speak to Roger Walters!
  • Sami Karaman
    signed 2018-11-15 14:01:05 -0500
  • Sam Musa
    signed 2018-11-15 13:59:11 -0500
  • Bayan Joudeh
    signed 2018-11-15 13:58:37 -0500
  • Christine Howe
    signed 2018-11-15 13:52:31 -0500
    Please do not perform.
  • David Clements
    signed 2018-11-15 13:52:25 -0500
  • Barbara Williams
    signed 2018-11-15 13:52:12 -0500
    When is enough really enough? Stop Israel from it’s genocidal actions!
  • Mike Hall
    signed 2018-11-15 13:50:25 -0500
  • Adam Spencer
    signed 2018-11-15 13:49:52 -0500
    Adam Spencer
  • Barbara Pesch
    signed 2018-11-15 13:42:50 -0500
  • Maraed Riley
    signed 2018-11-15 13:36:16 -0500
    Love you’re music! Please do the right thing and boycott Israel =)
  • maria griswold
    signed 2018-11-15 13:35:18 -0500
  • Susanne Lee
    signed 2018-11-15 13:35:13 -0500
  • S. Perry
    signed 2018-11-15 13:31:50 -0500
  • Ian Gray
    signed 2018-11-15 13:30:13 -0500
  • Clisha
    signed 2018-11-15 13:24:51 -0500
  • Somayya Sujee
    @sujee_somayya tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 13:24:39 -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=740828
  • Somayya Sujee
    signed 2018-11-15 13:23:35 -0500
  • Alison Ellison
    signed 2018-11-15 13:23:32 -0500
  • Donna Drozd
    signed 2018-11-15 13:22:50 -0500
  • Zaina Masri
    signed 2018-11-15 13:20:56 -0500
    Free Palestine. End apartheid.
  • Laurence Moss
    signed 2018-11-15 13:17:54 -0500
    If you are tempted, see what they say about having an integrated audience in Gaza
  • eloha
    @elohaeloha tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 13:17:34 -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=780484
  • Eloha Ferin
    signed 2018-11-15 13:17:06 -0500
  • Suheil Judeh
    signed 2018-11-15 13:14:04 -0500
  • Suheil Judeh
    @TONYWILL101 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 13:13:52 -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=723058

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