Stevie Wonder Explains IDF Snub: ‘I’m Against War

Soul Superstar Cites ‘Delicate’ Mideast Situation in Statement

By Reuters

LOS ANGELES — Veteran singer and United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder has canceled a planned performance for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces after several organizations asked him not to perform.

The soul singer, 62, was scheduled to sing at a Dec. 6 fundraising gala in Los Angeles hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), an organization set up to help those serving in the Israel Defense Forces and families of fallen soldiers.

“Given the current and very delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried out for world unity, I will not be performing at the FIDF Gala,” Wonder said in a statement sent to Reuters by his spokeswoman.

Wonder said he would make contributions to organizations that support Israeli and Palestinian children with disabilities.

The singer added that as a Messenger of Peace, a title he’s held since 2009, “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.”

According to a statement from the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, a coalition that aims to change U.S. policy toward Palestine and Israel and support human rights and equality, Wonder’s decision came after a “growing outcry” from several organizations and three international signed petitions.

The protest is part of a “cultural boycott” led by organizations that oppose Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories, the statement said.



  1. Blake said,

    December 2, 2012 at 09:36

    He saw sense but he still played at their “50th anniversary” gig.

  2. David Christie said,

    December 2, 2012 at 16:55

    Good on Stevie. It’s not only a positive statement against war and violence… It’s a declaration of peace by rejecting Zionist Racism and Apartheid.Too bad the corrupt, spineless and treasonous filth in the US Congress don’t have the courage and character of Stevie Wonder.

  3. Kathleen B said,

    December 2, 2012 at 17:12

    Does FIDF do any good works for their own American soldiers?

  4. Diogenes Galen said,

    December 2, 2012 at 18:25

    Glad to hear Stevie Wonder has cancelled the IOF gig. Still, how did he get on the menu in the first place??? Where is this story???

  5. guest said,

    December 2, 2012 at 18:54

    We wonder why the wonderful Wonder took a wonderful turn.
    I wonder if the Zionist thought the wonderful Wonder do them wonder.
    I just want to say I love you….

  6. Stephen0 said,

    December 2, 2012 at 21:39

    Even the blind will eventually see the light .

  7. Ken Daves said,

    December 2, 2012 at 21:51

    If he’s providing financial support instead, then this is just a gutless ploy to keep his fan base. If he is not, and has pulled out for the stated reasons, then it’s a good thing.

  8. davidgrayling said,

    December 3, 2012 at 04:07

    Had he sung, a blind musician would’ve been singing to a blind audience. How so, you ask?

    The audience are blinded by religious fanaticism!

  9. benny said,

    December 3, 2012 at 05:22

    Stevie has not seen the light – he’s seen his album sales figures on iTunes fall like a stone landing on the head of an Israeli settler.

  10. Big M said,

    December 3, 2012 at 11:49

    Israeli “defense” forces? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  11. Dana said,

    December 3, 2012 at 13:19

    It’s quite possible that Stevie Wonder didn’t even know what he was getting into, with this FIDF event.

    It should be remembered that his numerous performances are managed and directed by a team of managers and PR specialists. Stevie may have been informed of an event ‘X’ that he was to perform on day ‘X’, without explanation of the nature of the organization he’d be addressing.

    One can only hope that SW will have the good sense to cull a few rogue ‘managers’ from his team.

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