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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  • Daniel Ross
    signed 2018-11-25 11:13:13 -0500
    This is what happens when you play a Lannister soldier… you turn in to a tool of the forces of oppression… Don’t be tool Ed.
  • Eric Ramos
    signed 2018-11-25 10:40:43 -0500
  • Shaden Elkhatib
    signed 2018-11-25 10:38:18 -0500
  • mike morawski morawski
    signed 2018-11-25 10:23:56 -0500
    Please Ed. My Jewish wife loves you and your music. And so do I. Do not allow the Land stealing, ethnically cleansing, genocidal ZioNazi apartheidists to use you as propagandized hasbara and continue their lies to be forwarded! BDS these murderers!
  • Robert Boyd
    signed 2018-11-25 10:16:12 -0500
  • Elizabeth Ottosson
    signed 2018-11-25 10:10:26 -0500
  • Alan Carter
    signed 2018-11-25 10:08:20 -0500
  • Nicolas Sawaya
    signed 2018-11-25 09:54:54 -0500
  • Paul Bergeron
    signed 2018-11-25 09:42:23 -0500
  • Kerstin Öhrner
    signed 2018-11-25 09:41:51 -0500
  • Salma Farhan
    signed 2018-11-25 09:01:16 -0500
  • Denise Rutkowski
    signed 2018-11-25 08:57:19 -0500
    Please don’t do this. The boycotts are growing from individuals to whole countries. You have great influence. I want to keep loving your music. 💓
  • Aileen Sander
    @aileensander tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-25 08:55:20 -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=546415
  • Aileen Sander
    signed 2018-11-25 08:55:10 -0500
  • John Piprani
    signed 2018-11-25 08:10:21 -0500
  • Carolyne Grace Mowatt
    signed 2018-11-25 08:02:21 -0500
    Deprive them from everything
  • Jerry Polverino
    signed 2018-11-25 07:47:33 -0500
    Don’t support Israeli terror. Don’t legitimize the evil of this horrid nation. Do the right thing. STOP APARTHEID! STOP RACISM! STOP THE MURDER OF INNOCENT CHILDREN!

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  • James Prendergast
    signed 2018-11-25 07:23:50 -0500
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  • Paulo Ribeiro
    signed 2018-11-25 07:23:24 -0500
  • Mark Topham
    signed 2018-11-25 07:14:40 -0500
    At this time in history, the Palestinians need our help and support. We must always help our fellow human beings when they are in trouble, and the Palestinian plight is desperate, and its been going on for far too long. Israel needs this also to help them wake up to this reality
  • Terry Gray
    signed 2018-11-25 07:13:04 -0500
  • Rickard Efvergren
    signed 2018-11-25 05:26:58 -0500
  • Robert Fenstermaker
    signed 2018-11-25 04:21:15 -0500
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    signed 2018-11-24 20:38:50 -0500
  • Rebecca Cannon
    signed 2018-11-24 20:00:47 -0500
  • Melisa K
    signed 2018-11-24 18:49:37 -0500
  • Diane Moffat
    signed 2018-11-24 16:48:57 -0500
  • Nada Harhara
    signed 2018-11-24 16:39:38 -0500
  • Jeff Munchak
    signed 2018-11-24 16:26:01 -0500
  • Michael Cozens
    @michaelcozens tweeted link to this page. 2018-11-24 16:19:51 -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=398567

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