Raheem Sterling: Help end Israeli apartheid—don’t sign with Puma!

Raheem Sterling: Help end Israeli apartheid—don’t sign with Puma!

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association, which includes clubs in illegal Jewish-only Israeli settlements. Puma is offering football/soccer superstar Raheem Sterling, who has taken bold stands against racism, a whopping 100M Euros to sign with them.

Sign the petition to Raheem Sterling: score a goal for Palestinian rights by refusing to sign with Puma. We will deliver the signature by email to Sterling’s management agency.

*Letter to Sterling from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)


Dear Raheem Sterling,

I’m a fan of your actions on and off the field. Your courageous outspokenness against racism has forced the world of football to sit up and take notice.

You once said, “I’m a person when I do feel that something’s not quite right I want to speak about it.”

It is because of your principled stand that I am writing to urge you to reject Puma’s sponsorship offer.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association, which includes clubs in illegal Israeli settlements. Puma exclusive licensee in Israel has branches in settlements and is listed in the UN database of companies active in illegal settlements.

According to international law, Israeli settlements are illegal land grabs that force Palestinian families from their homes. They crowd Palestinians in densely populated villages and refugee camps and limit access to clean water and healthcare.

Israel’s illegal settlements are part of its racist apartheid policies that leading South Africans, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have said are even worse than what they endured under that country’s apartheid regime.

For decades, Israeli apartheid has oppressed Palestinians and denied their basic human rights. Now, these racist policies make Palestinian families even more vulnerable to the pandemic.

Across the globe, football fans, players and teams have supported the call from more than 200 Palestinian teams urging Puma to end its complicity with Israeli apartheid.

Malaysia’s largest university dropped Puma as a sponsor of its football team in response to the call from Palestinian clubs.

The Forest Green Rovers pledged not to sign with Puma as long as it supports Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The chair of the club described the situation in Palestine as “the greatest global injustice of my lifetime.”

Former Barcelona player Oleguer Presas called on Puma to end support for illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

You also once said, “I don't want the next generation of black players to have to put up with this evil." Your actions are an important part of making that happen and I stand with you.

The type of economic pressure and accountability measures you’ve advocated to combat racism are effective - and they are the measures Palestinians have asked us to take in solidarity with them and their peaceful struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

With your help, we can help ensure that another generation of Palestinians won’t grow up under the oppression of Israeli apartheid.

Please reject Puma’s sponsorship offer as long as it supports Israeli apartheid.

Sincerely,

Comments

  • Sofia Okolowicz Okolowicz
    signed 2020-06-02 15:37:44 -0400
  • Ann Wright
    signed 2020-06-02 10:04:26 -0400
    where’s your anti-racism, Raheem
  • Mary Lucchese
    signed 2020-06-01 21:01:28 -0400
  • Ali Azam
    signed 2020-06-01 14:32:45 -0400
  • Daniel Gallo
    signed 2020-06-01 14:31:05 -0400
  • Mike Newlove
    signed 2020-05-31 16:45:30 -0400
  • J Y Kawamoto
    signed 2020-05-29 19:20:00 -0400
  • M Coulter
    signed via 2020-05-29 18:27:35 -0400
    Say yes to human rights please.
  • Percy Hicks-Severn Hicks-Severn
    signed 2020-05-29 14:43:35 -0400
  • Michael Dyer-Evans
    signed 2020-05-28 11:48:19 -0400
  • Lee-Ann Johnson
    signed 2020-05-28 08:08:03 -0400
  • Dr Susan Caswell
    signed 2020-05-28 05:21:40 -0400
    IT HURTS THAT THIS APARTEID OF RACISM, INJUSTICE AND VIOLENCE STILL EXIST— IT ’S DISGUSTING, PLEASE DON;T BE A PART OF THIS FACIST CRAP
  • Sharon Conlon
    signed 2020-05-27 23:25:17 -0400
    Keep to your principles of opposing racism. Israel is a racist state. Refuse in solidarity with the Palestinians.
  • Md Musa
    signed 2020-05-27 21:02:07 -0400
  • tyler dalzell
    signed 2020-05-27 18:52:06 -0400
  • James Stamos Stamos
    signed 2020-05-27 14:29:11 -0400
  • Bonnie Arbuckle
    signed 2020-05-27 01:01:59 -0400
  • Kellie-Rose Fitzsimons
    signed 2020-05-26 21:05:35 -0400
  • Theresa Valenzuela
    signed via 2020-05-26 13:54:46 -0400
    Theresa J Valenzuela
  • Johanna Tallbacka
    signed 2020-05-26 09:54:48 -0400
  • Vanessa Jamison
    signed 2020-05-25 21:40:54 -0400
    Vanessa Jamison
  • Rosemarie Pace Pace
    signed 2020-05-25 21:39:10 -0400
  • Steven Kroeger
    signed 2020-05-25 16:44:25 -0400
    Steven Kroeger
  • Kit Kittredge
    signed 2020-05-25 13:43:15 -0400
  • Milo Matthews
    signed via 2020-05-25 12:31:50 -0400
    Milo Matthews
  • Chris Spencer
    signed via 2020-05-25 11:04:29 -0400
    Well done Raheem
  • Walter Hoffmann
    signed 2020-05-25 08:37:45 -0400
  • David Simpkin
    signed 2020-05-25 08:24:11 -0400
  • Zuhair Hamada
    signed 2020-05-25 08:16:43 -0400
  • Rishika Chainani
    signed 2020-05-25 07:49:13 -0400

Dear Raheem Sterling,

I’m a fan of your actions on and off the field. Your courageous outspokenness against racism has forced the world of football to sit up and take notice.

You once said, “I’m a person when I do feel that something’s not quite right I want to speak about it.”

It is because of your principled stand that I am writing to urge you to reject Puma’s sponsorship offer.

Puma is the main sponsor of the Israel Football Association, which includes clubs in illegal Israeli settlements. Puma exclusive licensee in Israel has branches in settlements and is listed in the UN database of companies active in illegal settlements.

According to international law, Israeli settlements are illegal land grabs that force Palestinian families from their homes. They crowd Palestinians in densely populated villages and refugee camps and limit access to clean water and healthcare.

Israel’s illegal settlements are part of its racist apartheid policies that leading South Africans, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have said are even worse than what they endured under that country’s apartheid regime.

For decades, Israeli apartheid has oppressed Palestinians and denied their basic human rights. Now, these racist policies make Palestinian families even more vulnerable to the pandemic.

Across the globe, football fans, players and teams have supported the call from more than 200 Palestinian teams urging Puma to end its complicity with Israeli apartheid.

Malaysia’s largest university dropped Puma as a sponsor of its football team in response to the call from Palestinian clubs.

The Forest Green Rovers pledged not to sign with Puma as long as it supports Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. The chair of the club described the situation in Palestine as “the greatest global injustice of my lifetime.”

Former Barcelona player Oleguer Presas called on Puma to end support for illegal Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land.

You also once said, “I don't want the next generation of black players to have to put up with this evil." Your actions are an important part of making that happen and I stand with you.

The type of economic pressure and accountability measures you’ve advocated to combat racism are effective - and they are the measures Palestinians have asked us to take in solidarity with them and their peaceful struggle for freedom, justice and equality.

With your help, we can help ensure that another generation of Palestinians won’t grow up under the oppression of Israeli apartheid.

Please reject Puma’s sponsorship offer as long as it supports Israeli apartheid.

Sincerely,

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