Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

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Stevie Wonder had been scheduled to perform on Dec. 6, 2012 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File

WASHINGTON — Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, 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 U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.”

Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=624649255 Martin Purdy

    Is anyone paying any attention to the actions of Muslims in places such as northern Mali, where local musicians are being driven out of their homelands by fanatics who complain that music is anti-Islamic?  Or does it not matter because there are no Jews to complain about in those cases, perhaps?

  • okmich

    I think the large world is going Islamic.

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