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Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser

On-Line Petition Has Grammy Winner Singing a Different Tune

By: Leonard Carl
Published: November 29th, 2012 in Culture » Music » News
Stevie Wonder
Just days after his participation was announced, Grammy Award winning singer, Stevie Wonder is singing a different song as he has pulled out of a performance at a December 6th fundraiser for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in Los Angeles.

The annual event - which featured Barbara Streisand last year - raises millions of dollars to support the IDF.

“We regret the fact that Stevie Wonder has decided to cancel his performance at an important community event of the FIDF, an American organization supporting the educational, cultural, and wellbeing needs of Israel’s soldiers, their families, and the families of fallen soldiers," Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, national director and CEO of Friends of the IDF, said in a news release. "FIDF is a non-political organization that provides much-needed humanitarian support regardless of religion, political affiliation, or military activity.”

Wonder’s cancellation reportedly comes after the United Nations asked him to withdraw due to his role as a U.N. "Messenger of Peace".

The 62-year-old singer had also received plenty of social media pressure to decline the invitation from the IDF including an online petition that had received more than 3,600 signatures.

"You were arrested in 1985 protesting South African Apartheid, now we ask you: please remember that apartheid is apartheid, whether it comes from White Afrikaaner settlers of South Africa or from Jewish Israelis in Israel," the petition reads. "Desmond Tutu has recognized that Israel’s Apartheid is worse than South Africa’s -- will you stand with us against apartheid and cancel your performance at the IDF fundraiser."

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