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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  • Erika Reif
    signed 2018-11-15 12:25:23 -0500
    The fact that you are so thoughtful about many important issues causes me to puzzle as to why you would cross a picket line that is meant to stop cultural and physical genocide of the Palestinian people. Please be open to learning about this. Speak to Palestinians . Open yourself to understanding the nature of colonialism and supremacy. Jews are no better than anyone else…yet Israel declares its supremacy. Think about it
  • Megan
    signed via 2018-11-15 12:23:44 -0500
  • Megan
    @megansheehan92 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 12:23:19 -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=780450
  • Alan Ricks
    signed 2018-11-15 12:23:19 -0500
  • Mia-Maria Thomsen
    signed 2018-11-15 12:23:11 -0500
  • Megan Sheehan
    signed via 2018-11-15 12:22:35 -0500
    Its so bloody wrong! If Ed Sheeran does it, he will have blood on his hands! Shame on him!
  • D Said
    signed 2018-11-15 12:15:39 -0500
  • Ronit Lentin
    signed 2018-11-15 12:13:48 -0500
  • Nafisa Alam
    signed 2018-11-15 12:13:10 -0500
  • Lynn Morris
    signed 2018-11-15 12:12:47 -0500
  • Robert Miller
    signed 2018-11-15 12:12:00 -0500
    Robert Miller
  • Aliya Hasan
    signed 2018-11-15 12:11:51 -0500

    #FreePalestine! 🇵🇸❤️✌️
  • Alex mian
    signed 2018-11-15 12:11:01 -0500
  • Kachiri
    @sbeeftink1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-15 12:10:44 -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=699100
  • Susan Beeftink
    signed 2018-11-15 12:10:30 -0500
    Ed Sheeran, for the sake of indigenous peoples everywhere and anywhere in time who have suffered from occupation and apartheid, please remember Palestinians are fighting the same struggle now. Please honor the Pals call for BDS, which is nonviolent, and it worked in South Africa. Thank you.
  • Michael Johnson
    signed 2018-11-15 12:08:19 -0500
    Boycott Israel to the end of occupation and bring full and equal rights of freedom and movement of Palestinians.
  • jasmine ahmed
    signed 2018-11-15 12:07:30 -0500
  • Linda J Carraway
    signed 2018-11-15 12:07:08 -0500
    I am hoping that this Code Pink effort will alert your personal sense of right and wrong to conclude that performing at this time in Israel is an act of sabotage— sabotage of the universal human rights that the country of Israel is denying its occupees, the Palestinians.
  • Rozanne Crockford
    signed 2018-11-15 12:07:04 -0500
    Please do not do this.
  • Eric Brooks
    signed 2018-11-15 12:06:31 -0500
  • Michael Razzell
    signed 2018-11-15 12:06:18 -0500
    Michael Razzell
  • r. johnson
    signed 2018-11-15 12:05:41 -0500
  • Elisabet Sausjord
    signed 2018-11-15 12:05:05 -0500
  • Gary Paris
    signed 2018-11-15 12:04:37 -0500
    Protest this crime to humanity
  • Rihab Sabri
    signed 2018-11-15 12:04:33 -0500
  • Anthony Mc Ginty
    signed 2018-11-15 12:03:36 -0500
    As an Irish guy, please Ed don’t entertain people who think it’s OK to dehumanise and an entire people because of their colour and religion. Think it’s OK to demolish their homes. Imprison their children. Shoot them for demonstrating! It’s not OK Ed. Don’t play apartheid!
  • Kawther Wazwaz
    signed 2018-11-15 12:01:11 -0500
  • Eileen Carey
    signed 2018-11-15 12:00:22 -0500
    Examine your conscience please. Don’t do it.
  • Samah Abdulrub
    signed 2018-11-15 11:59:36 -0500
  • cæcilie køhler
    signed 2018-11-15 11:58:33 -0500

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