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Report: Stevie Wonder Caves to Mounting Pressure, Cancels Performance to Benefit Israeli Troops

Your Black World reported on Wednesday that Stevie Wonder was slated to perform at a gala to benefit Israeli troops. That news was  met with outrage from activists, who pointed to Israel’s atrocities committed against Palestinians as reason enough for Wonder to decline the invitation.

The outrage reached its peak with a Change.org petition for Wonder to cancel his scheduled appearance:

We call on Stevie Wonder, as a conscientious American advocate for human rights and dignity not to support the Israeli Defense Force by performing at their gala fundraiser. In the face of over 60 years of Israeli colonization of Palestinian land and the disenfranchisement of the Palestinian people and in the wake of Israel’s latest violent aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip– we ask you NOT to support the IDF.

It now seems that the pressure has gotten to Stevie Wonder, forcing him to cancel his performance.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency, a news source for the American Jewish community, reports that  Wonder’s camp now says he is poised to release a statement saying he has decided to withdraw from a commitment to headline a Dec. 6 benefit for the Israeli Defense Forces.

Sources say  Wonder believes taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clashes with his role as a “Messenger of Peace” for the United Nations. He has held that  title since 2009.

Wonder has not released an official statement yet.

 

6 Responses to Report: Stevie Wonder Caves to Mounting Pressure, Cancels Performance to Benefit Israeli Troops

  1. Edward Smikle

    November 30, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Great news, I was wondering if Stevie, had lost his mind. Now I believe he has come to his senses. I wish more people would put the same pressure on President Obama, to change the United States foreign policy, and stop providing military weapons, and finacial support for Isreal to massicre the Palestanian people.
    I hope that the people of the United States is waking up to the reality that as long as we continue this unreasonable one sided support of Isreal, we will always have enemy in the Middle East.