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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  • David Nicholson
    signed 2018-11-15 13:13:40 -0500
    David Nicholson
  • Tanja Lunardelli
    signed 2018-11-15 13:13:14 -0500
  • Pam Page
    signed 2018-11-15 13:13:03 -0500
  • Pasteurised
    @vpasteur tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 13:12:29 -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=780480
  • Alfie Cooke
    signed 2018-11-15 13:08:49 -0500
  • Mubashirah Kriel
    signed 2018-11-15 13:07:48 -0500
  • David Ash
    signed 2018-11-15 13:06:38 -0500
  • Warren Smith
    signed 2018-11-15 13:06:30 -0500
    Please don’t reinforce the false media stream that eminates from Israel. The inhumane treatment of Palestinians can’t continue under American support.
  • Nirjara Honey
    signed 2018-11-15 13:04:47 -0500
  • Carol Flores
    signed 2018-11-15 13:01:28 -0500
    Carol Flores
  • Anne Bloomenthal
    signed 2018-11-15 13:01:14 -0500
  • Mhairhi Burton Coyle
    signed 2018-11-15 13:01:13 -0500
  • Tariq Qureshi
    signed 2018-11-15 13:00:05 -0500
  • Johan Feitsma
    signed 2018-11-15 12:55:22 -0500
    This injustice has to stop !!!!
  • Alan Kirkpatrick
    signed 2018-11-15 12:55:12 -0500
    Be on the right side of history.
  • Julia Folsing
    signed 2018-11-15 12:54:56 -0500
  • Laurence Paverd
    signed 2018-11-15 12:51:46 -0500
  • Fuad Saleh
    signed 2018-11-15 12:51:12 -0500
  • Martina Baratta
    signed 2018-11-15 12:46:32 -0500
  • Angela Graham
    signed 2018-11-15 12:45:29 -0500
    Ed will lose my he respect of millions if he does this concert. Pretty sure he would not have preformed in South Africa back in the day because of Apartheid. The same principle applies here.
  • Mike T
    signed 2018-11-15 12:43:31 -0500
  • Khalda Stevenson
    signed 2018-11-15 12:37:46 -0500
    ED Sheeran please BOYCOTT Israel and stand up against Apartheid and Genocide. Please don’t disappoint your millions of fans who want peace in our world!
  • Zoe Foster
    signed 2018-11-15 12:36:05 -0500
  • Hesham Al-Naami
    signed 2018-11-15 12:34:53 -0500
  • Aisha Mansour
    signed 2018-11-15 12:33:48 -0500
  • Alan Khan
    signed 2018-11-15 12:32:57 -0500
    Please Ed don’t go to Zionist Israel.

    You are already a successful & rich mega artist & song writer.

    It’s not as if you need Israeli dirty blood stained money infecting your already hard earned fortune.

    You started off as a Busker & came from a humble background.

    Please remember all those that are like you ie Palistinians etc.

    Do not give Israel any credence or an ounce of respectability.

    They would use you to show off & boast about how rich peaceful & successful Israel are but that is not the whole truth it is in fact a travesty of the facts & beyond sensibilities.

    Yours truly Alan Paul Khan Battersea London.

    #BDS #FreePalestine ⚘👍✊🇵🇸🖕🇮🇱
  • Diana Lodge
    signed 2018-11-15 12:32:21 -0500
    Israel uses every artist of any description who comes to Israel as propaganda and ‘normalisation’. As I sign this, the news has just come that another young Palestinian fisherman has been shot and killed today; yesterday, the Red Crescent (the Middle Eastern branch of the Red Cross) headquarters was invaded by the Israeli army and two medics were taken away. The oppression of the Palestinians has been going on for over 70 years, and Israel’s ‘Defence’ Minister has just resigned because, Israel having broken the ceasefire in Gaza, he wanted to continue bombing the strip. Show some humanity and don’t go to Israel.
  • Gulshan Sarwar
    signed 2018-11-15 12:27:49 -0500
    Stand against genocide and apartheid!
  • Carolyn Jones
    signed 2018-11-15 12:27:17 -0500
  • Helen Sewanyana
    signed 2018-11-15 12:25:45 -0500
    Helen Sewanyana

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