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.


Who's signing

Khey Talle
catherine podojil
Giorgio Catalan
Vivien Pellis
Nasima Sultana
sheila donohoe
gabriele stanga
marian larsen
Sebastiano Comis
rany elsaka
Massimiliano De Vuono
Reza Soltanzad
Rosalie Ferguson
Hannah Fernandez
Nawras Fayez
Walter Fontana Zunino
Shameem Suffla
Sami Zaher
Brian Thomas Ferris
Lynn Faulkner
kieran shanahan
Sarah Schulman
Carol Hakios
jose leeuwen
Marina Petrolati
Russ Kitching
Mike Kennard
Ziad barbarawi Barbarawi
382 signatures

Will you sign?


  • Khey Talle
    signed 2019-09-09 06:22:55 -0400
  • catherine podojil
    signed 2019-09-06 12:54:38 -0400
    Dear Mr. Richie, please do some reading about how Israel treats the victims of its occupations. Palestinians have a right not to be jailed, tortured, starved, killed. Sing your wonderful songs somewhere else, Please.
  • Giorgio Catalan
    signed 2019-09-06 12:10:34 -0400
  • Vivien Pellis
    signed 2019-09-05 16:47:35 -0400
  • Nasima Sultana
    signed 2019-09-05 11:24:21 -0400
    why go to a racist bigotted illegal state
  • sheila donohoe
    signed 2019-09-04 16:25:24 -0400
  • gabriele stanga
    signed 2019-09-04 14:40:25 -0400
    gabriele stanga
  • marian larsen
    signed 2019-09-04 10:38:43 -0400
    marian larsen
  • Sebastiano Comis
    signed 2019-09-04 08:55:31 -0400
    Sebastiano Comis
  • rany elsaka
    signed 2019-09-04 02:08:24 -0400
    Please don’t go. I love you and it would hurt to see you go to Israel knowing that you will be greeted by a regime supporting the destruction, humiliation and land theft of the Palestinian people.
  • Massimiliano De Vuono
    signed 2019-09-04 01:05:15 -0400
  • Reza Soltanzad
    signed 2019-09-04 00:47:16 -0400
  • Rosalie Ferguson
    signed 2019-09-03 23:15:04 -0400
  • Hannah Fernandez
    signed 2019-09-03 18:01:15 -0400
    What are you doing supporting such a terrible human violation. They have abused, used, tortured, terrified, imprisoned, kidnapped, stolen, and continue to hurt – the people whose homes they are taking over, whose land and memories they are removing by brutal military/armed force. Under a regime that is being,armed and monetarily being funded. Are these really good people? Begs the question, does it?
  • Nawras Fayez
    signed 2019-09-03 17:51:22 -0400
    Please..dont go to abusive and aparthei israel
  • Walter Fontana Zunino
    signed 2019-09-03 17:32:33 -0400
  • Shameem Suffla
    signed 2019-09-03 13:39:20 -0400
  • Sami Zaher
    signed 2019-09-03 09:26:20 -0400
  • Brian Thomas Ferris
    signed 2019-09-03 09:15:07 -0400
  • Lynn Faulkner
    signed 2019-09-03 09:00:21 -0400
    Lionel, you are so much better than this.
  • ciaran_Palestine
    @kieran_shanahan tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-03 08:26:51 -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.
  • kieran shanahan
    signed 2019-09-03 08:25:59 -0400
  • Sarah Schulman
    signed 2019-09-03 08:07:07 -0400
  • Carol Hakios
    signed 2019-09-03 07:52:15 -0400
    Please don’t support Israel’s apartheid, illegal colonization, occupation, ongoing ethnic cleansing (71 years) of an already populated land, Palestine.

    Please cancel your Tel Aviv concert, Lionel Richie.

    #LionelDontGo to apartheid Israel, representing zionist ideology and policy, still violating a plethora of international laws and human rights. Remember South Africa, BDS!
  • jose leeuwen
    signed 2019-09-03 07:23:08 -0400
  • Marina Petrolati
    @MarinaPetrolati tweeted link to this page. 2019-09-03 05:26:01 -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.
  • Marina Petrolati
    signed 2019-09-03 05:24:24 -0400
  • Russ Kitching
    signed 2019-09-03 04:20:31 -0400
  • Mike Kennard
    signed 2019-09-03 04:06:32 -0400
  • Ziad barbarawi Barbarawi
    signed 2019-09-02 23:30:05 -0400

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