Coldplay removes ‘Freedom for Palestine’ link from Facebook page


Coldplay removed a message posted on its Facebook page urging the British rock band’s fans to check out the “Freedom for Palestine” music video.

The link to the song and video, which features musicians from around the world, was discovered removed from the Coldplay page on Monday, less than a week after it was posted. It presents depictions of Israeli army checkpoints and the security fence.

The artists, who included Britain’s Maxi Jazz and Dave Randall of the group Faithless and Jamie Catto of 1 Giant Leap, were performing under the auspices of Freedom OneWorld.

The post had received more than 7,000 responses, both pro and con. Some were offensive; most were very political.

Two days after the posting, Coldplay released a new song from its yet-to-be-released album, but comments about the “Freedom for Palestine” continued under the posting with the link to the new song. 

Facebook blocked the song’s URL after complaints that it was abusive. Coldplay linked instead to the OneWorld website.

Coldplay urges fans to check out Palestine music video


The British rock band Coldplay in a message posted on its Facebook page urged fans to check out the “Freedom for Palestine” music video.

The song, performed by music artists from around the world and British artists including Maxi Jazz and Dave Randall of the group Faithless and Jamie Catto of 1 Giant Leap, features depictions of Israeli army checkpoints and the security fence. The artists were performing under the auspices of Freedom OneWorld.

Some 5,465 Facebook users had pressed “Like” on the post since Wednesday afternoon. More than 6,700 comments ranged from calling on the world to “stop Israel at last” to criticizing Coldplay for supporting the project.

Facebook blocked the song’s URL after complaints that it was abusive, but Coldplay and others have linked instead to the OneWorld website.

Proceeds from the single, which will be available on iTunes in July, will go to UK Charity War on Want “to support projects in Palestine,” according to its website.

The OneWorld band is supported by War on Want, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, A Just Peace for Palestine, Friends of Al Aqsa, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK, Stop the War Coalition, Trust Greenbelt and the A.M. Qattan Foundation.