Lionel Don't Go to Apartheid Israel!

Lionel Richie is one of the most beloved musical artists in the world. His music brings joy to millions but sadly, he has agreed to perform in Israel, ignoring that the Israel government and military are responsible for the oppression and dispossession of the Palestinian people. Please sign the petition asking Lionel Richie to cancel his September 12, 2019 performance in apartheid Israel.


Dear Lionel Richie,

We appeal to you to cancel your September 2019 concert in Tel Aviv. 

Since March 30, 2018, Israel has massacred close to 300 Palestinians in Gaza, including children and members of the media clearly marked as press. 

On Monday, July 22, 2019, demolition crews accompanied by hundreds of Israeli soldiers, destroyed over a dozen apartment buildings — the homes of 100 Palestinian families — in the village of Sur Baher, leaving the families homeless and traumatized, all for Israel to continue its racist demographic engineering to manufacture a Jewish majority in East Jerusalem.

Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem face daily humiliations and violence, including checkpoints, child imprisonment, a military court system, separate roads for Palestinians and Israelis, home demolitions and more. The separate and unequal system that Israel imposes on Palestinians is a daily nightmare. 

Palestinians citizens of Israel — 20% of the Israeli population — face over 50 laws that systematically discriminate against them because of their religion and ethnicity. From Gaza to Israel, to the West Bank, it is apartheid.

If you choose to follow through with your performance in Tel Aviv, it will act as an endorsement of Israel’s brutal systems of military occupation and apartheid. Canceling your Tel Aviv concert, on the other hand, would send a strong message that Palestinians, like all people, deserve equal rights and freedom. You would be following in the footsteps of artists like Lauryn Hill, Lorde, Lana del Ray, and Roger Waters. Please act now for freedom, dignity, and equality for all in Israel/Palestine. Please cancel your concert in Israel.

Sincerely,

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  • PalAChara
    @PalAChara tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-28 17:20:02 -0400
    Dear @LionelRichie, please don’t go ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ of demolished Palestinian homes Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert. #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel. https://www.codepink.org/lioneldontgo?recruiter_id=740908
  • John Geoghegan
    signed 2019-08-28 17:19:45 -0400
  • Safa Moussoud
    signed 2019-08-28 17:10:49 -0400
  • Peter Shebib
    signed 2019-08-28 17:08:54 -0400
  • Farisha Aldean
    signed 2019-08-28 17:01:42 -0400
  • Cyril Miller
    signed 2019-08-28 16:24:45 -0400
  • Ermo Ikävalko
    signed 2019-08-28 15:19:08 -0400
  • Laura Colombini
    signed 2019-08-28 15:16:41 -0400
  • Gerhard Hummel
    signed 2019-08-28 14:49:38 -0400
  • Kenneth McDougall
    signed 2019-08-28 14:25:20 -0400
  • Claude Haridge
    signed 2019-08-28 14:20:37 -0400
  • Phillip Mann
    signed 2019-08-28 14:18:02 -0400
    Please don’t support this apartheid country
  • Kay Farhat
    signed 2019-08-28 14:08:30 -0400
  • Ann Halloway
    signed 2019-08-28 14:08:10 -0400
  • Maya Roy
    signed 2019-08-28 13:55:53 -0400
  • Yeou-Shiuh Hsu
    signed 2019-08-28 13:49:27 -0400
    Please take a principled stand against Israeli apartheid, Lionel! You shouldn’t sell out your music, and your soul, just because of the allure of greenbacks!
  • Zain Nazawali
    signed 2019-08-28 13:44:10 -0400
  • Pat Gibbs
    signed 2019-08-28 13:21:47 -0400
    I am so disappointed in Lionel Richie for this. Please rethink this and withdraw. You really don’t want to support an apartheid regime do you?
  • Christine Rodamer
    signed 2019-08-28 13:18:59 -0400
  • Richard Deaton
    signed 2019-08-28 13:17:30 -0400
    Don’t go ! Support the civil rights of Palestinians.
  • Saovakon Chalermkwun
    signed 2019-08-28 13:11:28 -0400
    Stop joining ISRAHELL !!
  • Gretchen Crawford
    signed 2019-08-28 13:08:14 -0400
    Black Lives Matter, and they support BDS for Palestinian Rights. Don’t leave other musicians who’ve joined the important cultural Boycott of Israel standing alone. Please stand with Lauryn Hill and Roger Waters and all musicians of concience . Human rights are denied in Israel, which is a white supremacist fascist state. Empowering them empowers Militarized Racism and Fascism everywhere. Be American! Support democracy and your fellow artists! Please, Lionel, cancel that trip to IsRaHell!
  • Majid Riaz
    signed 2019-08-28 13:01:24 -0400
  • Jim Ramadan
    signed 2019-08-28 12:45:53 -0400
    Lionel, please don’t be complicit in the crimes committed by apartheid Israel against the Palestinians. Don’t take their blood money and don’t whitewash the occupation.
  • Robin Brayton
    signed 2019-08-28 12:35:05 -0400
  • Robin Brayton
    @BraytonRobin tweeted link to this page. 2019-08-28 12:34:40 -0400
    Dear @LionelRichie, please don’t go ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ of demolished Palestinian homes Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert. #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel. https://www.codepink.org/lioneldontgo?recruiter_id=501523
  • Robin Brayton
    signed 2019-08-28 12:34:26 -0400
  • Craig Mankin
    signed 2019-08-28 12:34:00 -0400
  • Glenna Miles
    signed 2019-08-28 12:30:44 -0400
    Not one person who believes in democracy, freedom, or sanctity of the person should perform in apartheid Israel. The heinous government willfully kills men, women and children and incarcerates thousands more without representation. To perform for them is to condone their murder and wiping Palestine off the map.
  • jack leonard
    signed 2019-08-28 12:22:22 -0400
    Don’t go Israel is an apartheid country. Would have gone to South Africa?
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