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14th Nov 2023

EXCL: Sam Fender, The Libertines among artists backing Jeremy Corbyn’s call for Gaza ceasefire

Callum Boyle

Some of music’s biggest artists have called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza

Some of music’s biggest artists around the globe have backed calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

Jeremy Corbyn, alongside the Peace & Justice Project, has launched the ‘Music For A Ceasefire’ open letter, which has united artists, musicians and performers demanding the UK and US governments to call for immediate ceasefire following Rishi Sunak and Joe Biden’s reluctance to do so.

The Peace & Justice Project was founded by Corbyn in 2021.

The likes of Sam Fender, The Libertines, Fontaines D.C,  Big Zuu, Becky Hill and Paloma Faith are among some of the 500 plus names to have signed the letter.

More artists have been encouraged to show their support for the ceasefire and add their names to the open letter.

Launching the open letter, Samuel Sweek, Music For A Ceasefire convener, said: “For decades, music and the arts have been instrumental in uniting people for the cause of peace.  That is why we are launching the Music For A Ceasefire open letter, calling on world leaders to support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza to end the violence and destruction that has brutally taken the lives of over 11,000 innocent people.

“Whilst we must all unequivocally condemn the acts of terror committed by Hamas, the lack of condemnation of the collective punishment of the Palestinian people from world leaders is unforgivable.

“There can never be any justification for the systematic slaughter of an entire population and we are demanding the UK and US governments play their part in bringing about lasting peace to the region by calling for an end to the violence, hostage releases and an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine.”

Jeremy Corbyn MP, founder of Peace & Justice Project, added:”How many more innocent men, women and children must die before political leaders listen to our global movement for peace?

“I condemn the targeting of all civilian life. That includes the deplorable acts of terror by Hamas against Israeli civilians – and that includes acts of terror by the Israeli government against Palestinian civilians.

“More than 11,000 people in Gaza have now been killed, almost half of whom are children. Thousands more may be trapped under rubble.  Over 1.5 million Palestinians have been displaced.  Without a peaceful and political solution, this cycle of violence will go on and on.

“Every day, every hour and every minute that the bombing is allowed to continue, we lose more of our common humanity.

“But all around the world, we are seeing more and more people join the calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

“Music, peace and solidarity are universal languages, and the world’s artistic and creative community are using their voices to call for lasting peace.  Our politicians must listen.”