Don't Play for Apartheid Israel

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera is scheduled to play a show in Israel on August 10 for the first time in her 25 -year career.

Join us and ask her to respect the Palestinian picket line by canceling her show.

Palestinian civil society groups have asked artists to stop performing for Israeli apartheid until Palestinians have full equality, justice, and freedom.

As a loud and proud advocate for equality, Christina could be a powerful figure in the fight for Palestinian rights.

When an artist as big as Christina cancels a scheduled performance, it can break through the news cycle in a way that can be very hard for another kind of solidarity action.

Each artist that cancels is the beginning of thousands of new people finding out about Israeli apartheid for the first time. It can lead to hundreds eventually joining the movement for Palestinian freedom.

A canceled performance also sends a message to the Israeli state and the Israeli public that the status quo is unsustainable. Israel can not continue its oppression and war crimes against the Palestinian people with impunity.

Sign the petition to ask Christina not to go.

To: Christina Aguilera
From: [Your Name]

Dear Xtina,

We are devoted fans who have followed your career for decades. We’ve cheered you on as you’ve embraced a message of freedom, equality, and self love.

It is from this place of admiration and appreciation that we now write to you.

We are deeply disappointed about your upcoming show in Rishon LeZion, Israel on August 10. We are urging you to cancel your show in apartheid Israel.

Palestinian civil society groups have asked artists around the world to stop performing in apartheid Israel until Palestinians have full equality, freedom and justice.

By playing in Israel, you will be crossing an international picket line.

Whatever the intentions may be, this performance will be promoted as an endorsement of the Israeli government and a blow to the Palestinian-led freedom movement. It will be seen as tacitly condoning the violence and oppression the Israeli government commits against Palestinians every day.

Throughout your career, you have taken a stand for equality. From featuring queer and trans people in your music videos, to fighting for marriage equality - we know you value using your platform to uplift others and challenge the status quo.

By joining a growing movement of artists - such as Sam Smith, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Lauryn Hill and Big Thief - you can send a powerful message that the status quo is unsustainable. Your decision to cancel your show would not only shine a spotlight on the injustice suffered by the Palestinian people but also inspire your fans and admirers worldwide to educate themselves about the reality on the ground and stand up for what is right.

The current consensus among leading human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is that Israel is committing the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people.

Earlier this month, we watched as a thousand Israeli troops invaded the Jenin refugee camp, bombed a community theater, destroyed homes and roads, and killed twelve people, including five teens. Earlier this year, a senior member of the Israeli government called for the Israeli military to “wipe out” an entire Palestinian village.

The current Israeli government is the most openly genocidal Israeli administration we’ve ever seen. Now is not the time to play apartheid Israel for the first time in your 25+ year career.

Boycott is a proven peaceful tactic that was famously used by peoples struggling for freedom in the U.S. civil rights movement. In the fight against apartheid South Africa, a cultural boycott by international artists was particularly powerful and played a large role in the freedom struggle.

We urge you to reconsider your decision and cancel your performance in Israel. Please stand in solidarity with all Palestinians fighting for their human rights and dignity.

Your fans & Adalah Justice Project