Stevie Wonder cancels show for Israel fundraiser
Stevie Wonder has cancelled his performance at the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces.
LOS ANGELES - Veteran singer and United Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder has cancelled a planned performance for the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces after several organisations asked him not to perform.
The soul singer, 62, was scheduled to sing at a December 6 fundraising gala in Los Angeles hosted by the Friends of the Israel Defence Forces (FIDF), an organisation set up to help those serving in the Israel Defence 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 spokesperson.
Wonder said he would make contributions to organisations 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 organisations and three international signed petitions.
The protest is part of a "cultural boycott" led by organisations that oppose Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories, the statement said.