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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  • Ana Talbot Meling
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  • Nicola Watson
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  • Christina Williams
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  • Liz Hayes
    signed 2018-11-26 16:27:49 -0500
    You have too much humanity Ed. Please don’t do this.
  • Orla Woods
    signed 2018-11-26 16:13:15 -0500
  • Lathifah Irbah .N.K.
    @ThifaOfficial tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-26 15:44:35 -0500
    Hey @EdSheeran: Don’t #Divide Palestinians from their human rights. Don't perform in apartheid Israel! @EdSheeranFans #EdSheeranDontGo! https://www.codepink.org/ed_sheeran?recruiter_id=716284
  • Thifa Noora
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    signed 2018-11-26 12:50:24 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 12:49:21 -0500
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  • Imran Dar
    signed 2018-11-26 12:41:53 -0500
  • angela martin
    signed 2018-11-26 12:36:48 -0500
    Don’t do it. More than 70 years of settler occupation and a denial of the basic human right to return to Palestine to live in peace and dignity.
  • Shahid Majeed
    signed 2018-11-26 12:02:37 -0500
    Do the right thing
  • Britt Hansen
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  • Qasim Asghar
    signed 2018-11-26 10:43:05 -0500
  • Mohammed Ashraf
    signed 2018-11-26 10:41:40 -0500
    Don’t let your music represent apartheid. That’s what is happening in the land of Palestine. Over 50 years of occupation where land is stolen and water resources restricted for the Palestinians. Will you support the Palestinians or the Apartheid occupiers?
  • Josephine Petersson
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    Human rights are denied to the Palestinians by Israel.
  • John O'Hare
    signed 2018-11-26 10:17:06 -0500

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