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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  • BansheeApps
    @Banshee_Apps tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-26 10:07:15 -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=782195
  • Adrian Parkes
    signed 2018-11-26 10:06:41 -0500
    Standing against Israeli Apartheid! #CeltsagainstApartheid
  • Alan Lomax
    signed 2018-11-26 09:49:23 -0500
  • Marie Bartholdy
    signed 2018-11-26 09:18:38 -0500
  • Tom brennan
    signed 2018-11-26 09:10:42 -0500
    If you play there it is giving out the message to half of your fans that they aren’t important – basically they will be shot, or at best beaten up and imprisoned if they try to go to your concert. I’m sure you would be against this happening to your fans purely because of their ethnic or religious background?
  • Freda Guttman
    signed 2018-11-26 09:05:33 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 09:02:43 -0500
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  • anice chenault
    signed 2018-11-26 08:39:59 -0500
    anice chenault
  • Marji Manfeld
    signed 2018-11-26 08:25:53 -0500
    Please respect the call to boycott Israel until there is freedom justice and equality for everyone. Thanks #BDS
  • Noor Assad
    signed 2018-11-26 08:22:34 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 08:16:18 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 07:25:09 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 07:13:59 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 07:13:21 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 07:12:25 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 07:10:46 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 05:45:00 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-26 03:37:04 -0500
  • Beverley Molineaux
    signed 2018-11-26 03:17:56 -0500
    Your support of this boycott against this brutal occupation would be a huge achievement. Please don’t play in Israel.
  • stephen ballantine
    signed 2018-11-26 02:12:49 -0500
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    @Louise1960 tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-25 20:34:01 -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=759112
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    signed via 2018-11-25 20:33:41 -0500

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