Friday, November 30, 2012
Stevie Wonder pulls out of Friends of IDF concert
Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.
Wonder had been scheduled to perform December 6 for Friends of IDF which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement US and Israeli objections as hopes for Middle East peace talks stalled.
Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and always have been against the war."
Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance. An online petition calling on him to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures.