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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  • Maggie Smith
    signed 2018-11-27 19:18:31 -0500
  • Irene Shemaria
    signed 2018-11-27 19:10:26 -0500
    Please don’t do this Mate, you will be singing to thousands of murderers.
  • frank k
    signed 2018-11-27 18:12:26 -0500
  • Charles Britz
    signed 2018-11-27 17:43:27 -0500
  • Andy Delahunty
    signed 2018-11-27 17:19:43 -0500
    Pleqse don’t go. The Palestinians too, deserve rights.
  • Bettina Cullin
    signed 2018-11-27 16:40:36 -0500
  • Abdul Chand
    signed 2018-11-27 16:29:33 -0500
  • Janie Molloy
    signed 2018-11-27 15:03:11 -0500
    Support Palestine and gheur struggle likewe and aldo many brave Jews do!
  • Rogerio Rodrigues
    signed 2018-11-27 14:55:02 -0500
  • John Patterson
    signed 2018-11-27 14:10:47 -0500
    Don’t legitimise the Isreali occupation
  • Maureen Stewart
    signed 2018-11-27 13:35:29 -0500
  • Peter Naughton
    signed 2018-11-27 13:33:21 -0500
  • Saud Yaghmour
    signed 2018-11-27 13:20:37 -0500
  • Abdul Monem Salem
    signed 2018-11-27 13:17:23 -0500
  • Shereen Patel
    signed 2018-11-27 10:57:44 -0500
  • Myrna and Jim Wicks
    signed via 2018-11-27 10:03:58 -0500
    The only way the OCCUPATION is going to end is if we all stand firm. Ed stand with us for peace and justice in Israel and Palestine.
  • David Roger
    signed 2018-11-27 09:49:21 -0500
    No excuse for not knowing what happens to Palestinian artists
  • Omar Mayar
    signed 2018-11-27 09:41:10 -0500
  • Sakeenah Hud
    signed 2018-11-27 09:13:16 -0500
    Don’t be like Pharrell Williams. Very disheartening!
  • Jacqueline Collins
    signed 2018-11-27 09:11:07 -0500
  • Richard Deaton
    signed 2018-11-27 09:04:43 -0500
    The Israeli Occupation is a perversion of Jewish values.
  • KeriLynne Krastev
    signed 2018-11-27 08:53:44 -0500
    Please don’t play for the apartheid Israel
  • joyce giblin
    signed 2018-11-27 07:43:57 -0500
  • John van Nijnatten
    signed 2018-11-27 07:15:51 -0500
  • Elfed Higgins
    signed 2018-11-27 07:04:04 -0500
    Elfed Higgins
  • laurie donaldson
    signed 2018-11-27 06:56:09 -0500
  • Frank Pennestri
    signed 2018-11-27 05:04:13 -0500
    Please join with us in Solidarity for justice and freedom in Palestine.
  • Richard Haddad
    signed via 2018-11-27 04:20:45 -0500
    Ed. Go when there is a peaceful resolution between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

    We will all enjoy the concert together.
  • Josune Arzalluz
    signed 2018-11-27 04:09:19 -0500
    Do not support genocide
  • Jax Taylor
    signed 2018-11-27 03:50:24 -0500
    ‘Pain is only relevant if it still hurts’ Ed… Please do not do this.. For thousands of Palestinian survivors what has and continues to be done to them and their children still hurts. Many of the holocaust survivors understand that.. Honour both . Do not allow yourself to be another used to music wash please..

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