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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  • Maureen Lumsden
    signed 2018-11-28 22:30:59 -0500
    Ed you were homeless once , Palestinians are kicked out of their homes every day someone is made homeless . Please support the homeless and voiceless in Palestine
  • Steven Berlin
    signed 2018-11-28 20:34:15 -0500
  • Reehana Taj
    signed 2018-11-28 18:47:31 -0500
  • Thiebaut Hettinga
    signed 2018-11-28 17:02:10 -0500
  • herman balkenende
    signed 2018-11-28 16:15:10 -0500
    Please Ed, go to that place insid urself from where ur songs well up.

    It shudn’t take you a long time to see

    In misery
  • Farah Cassidy
    signed 2018-11-28 15:37:09 -0500
  • J Konings
    signed 2018-11-28 15:04:25 -0500
    Don’t do it Ed. Think about it and try to inform yourself about the reasons why. Good luck!
  • Raymond Oliver
    signed 2018-11-28 13:45:31 -0500
  • Nick Macdonald
    signed 2018-11-28 12:54:46 -0500
  • Farhana Tarofdear
    signed 2018-11-28 12:47:12 -0500
  • Hody O’Flaherty
    signed 2018-11-28 12:33:13 -0500
  • Johan Smit
    signed 2018-11-28 11:44:45 -0500
    Please don’t go until Israel stops occupation and ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem and C-area Westbank, stops blockade of the Gazastrip Etc.etc.
  • Corrie van der Hart
    signed 2018-11-28 11:38:06 -0500
  • Piet Meijvogel
    signed 2018-11-28 11:29:17 -0500
    Don’t do this, please
  • Dana Kay
    signed 2018-11-28 11:28:14 -0500
  • Alfons Ebing
    signed 2018-11-28 10:10:25 -0500
  • Lieve Claes
    signed 2018-11-28 09:53:05 -0500
  • Wilfried Simons
    signed 2018-11-28 09:37:52 -0500
    Wilfried Simons
  • Clara Uitzinger
    signed 2018-11-28 09:37:45 -0500
  • joop boeser
    signed 2018-11-28 09:31:56 -0500
    do’n’t give a show in Israel. by doing that you legalize the warcrimes of the state Israel
  • Peter Maerland
    signed 2018-11-28 09:01:38 -0500
  • jose leeuwen
    signed 2018-11-28 08:57:22 -0500
    JM leeuwen
  • John Verpaalen
    signed 2018-11-28 08:47:34 -0500
  • Paul Rhodes
    signed via 2018-11-28 07:49:54 -0500
  • Ayala Levinger
    signed 2018-11-28 03:50:52 -0500
  • James Michael "Mike" Henderson
    signed 2018-11-28 03:08:05 -0500
  • David Gilbert
    signed 2018-11-28 01:57:03 -0500
  • Irene Gevezes
    signed 2018-11-28 01:25:17 -0500
    Cancel your appearance in Israel. There are too many injustices in this world or ours. E.g. The starvation, of children esp, in Yemen and NOTHING is being done about it all….ALL of us MUST stand up, be heard and be counted, if we want to call ourselves human beings, and not animals.
  • Peter Madden
    signed 2018-11-28 00:38:15 -0500
  • Maureen Cruise
    signed 2018-11-27 19:49:13 -0500
    As an Irishman, surely you understand the brutality and viciousness of a occupation.

    Please honor the human rights of your Palestinian fellow human beings who are under a cruel, violent and illegal Israeli occupation. Please withdraw your agreement to perform in the apartheid Israeli state. Stand in solidarity with the indigenous Arab population who are victims of a slow tortured genocide by daily assaults. Your music is about love. Show your love of justice for humanity. Withdraw from the concert in Israel or sadly you will forever be tarnished as a supporter of an apartheid state, brutally enforcing an illegal and unjust occupation using torture, prison, military assaults, asssinations and mass bombings against a defenseless people.

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