Nearly 5,000 artists have signed an open letter demanding a ceasefire in Gaza, less than a week since it was first launched.
The letter, set up by Musicians For Palestine and published last Thursday, November 16, calls for “an immediate ceasefire and humanitarian aid in Gaza, and an end to the siege.”
“The day after, our vision of a just and peaceful future for all must be our most urgent task. We urge everyone who shares that vision to join us,” the letter reads.
Of the 4,000+ artists who have so far supported the open letter are Brian Eno, DJ Q, rRoxymore, The Blessed Madonna, Ben UFO, Shanti Celeste, Kode9, Loraine James, and Lee Gamble.
International stars from around the globe have also signed the letter, including Kid Cudi, Primal Scream, Yusuf Cat Stevens, Kali Uchis, and Lucy Dacus.
Musicians For Palestine quote Israeli scholar of genocide, Raz Segal, and UN human rights official Craig Mokhiber in the letter, calling the human catastrophe in Gaza “a textbook case of genocide”.
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“This is a moment of truth for millions worldwide who prize human dignity, and as musicians, we are no exception,” they explain. “We stand for life, for love, for justice, and for peace. We mourn with all in Palestine/Israel who have lost loved ones. We share their grief and their pain.”
Musicians For Palestine also add that they draw inspiration from Artists Against Apartheid, which helped to end apartheid in South Africa. “We refuse to let our music be used to whitewash oppression and human rights violations anywhere,” the letter reads.
Find our full list of ways you can aid the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, here.
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