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The Last Dinner Party, IDLES and more sign open letter calling for Gaza ceasefire

The 'Music For A Ceasefire' letter comes from Jeremy Corbyn's Peace and Justice project.

By Will Richards

The Last Dinner Party
The Last Dinner Party. (Picture: Cal McIntyre)

The Last Dinner Party and IDLES are among hundreds of bands and musicians to sign a new open letter calling for an “immediate ceasefire” in Gaza.

Over 10,000 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the last month according to reports, with protests taking place worldwide calling for a ceasefire from Israel.

The new open letter, titled ‘Music For A Ceasefire’, comes from The Peace and Justice Project, an organisation helmed by former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

The letter, which has also been signed by Fontaines D.C., Sean Ono Lennon, Enter Shikari and more, reads:

“The United Nations secretary general António Guterres has said Gaza is becoming ‘a graveyard for children’, and whilst the devastation continues, the UK and US governments fail to stand up for humanity, condemn the collective punishment of the Palestinian people and advocate for peace instead of bloodshed.

“A ceasefire would allow for unhindered humanitarian aid in Gaza, where the World Health Organisation has said the level of death and suffering by the 2.2 million civilians caught up in this conflict is ‘hard to fathom.’”

It calls for “an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and an end to the bombardment of Palestine that has already taken the lives of over 10,000 innocent civilians, aid workers and journalists.”

Read the full statement and see details of all the artists to have signed it below.

In the United States, an open letter from figures across the entertainment world has been sent to president Joe Biden calling for “an immediate de-escalation and ceasefire in Gaza and Israel before another life is lost”.

Those to have signed the letter include R.E.M. vocalist Michael Stipe and Dua Lipa.