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Why Is Stevie Wonder Performing at a Benefit For the Israeli Defense Forces?

Stevie Wonder has come under fire for agreeing to perform at the 2012 western region gala for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces. 

The Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces “was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the well being of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers.”

Stevie Wonder is a well respected artist,  a man who has lived through the Civil Rights movement in America. So the question becomes whether Wonder should have added his name to the IDF event, given   atrocities Israel has committed against the Palestinian people.

Here’s an excerpt from a Mother Jones interview with Israeli soldiers about the atrocities that they’ve committed while on patrol:

 Mother Jones: What’s the procedure?

Israeli Soldier: Gather the family in a certain room, put a guard there, tell the guard to aim his gun at them, and then search the rest of the house. We got another order that everyone born after 1980… everyone between sixteen and twenty-nine, doesn’t matter who, bring them in cuffed and blindfolded. They yelled at old people, one of them had an epileptic seizure but they carried on yelling at him. Every house we went into, we brought everyone between sixteen and twenty-nine to the school. They sat tied up in the schoolyard.

And if Wonder wants to lend a helping hand to soldiers, there are many American soldiers who’ve returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and could use some help.

A Change.org petition has already been started to call on Stevie Wonder to withdraw from the IDF gala:

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 v*****t aggression against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip– we ask you NOT to support the IDF.

Share with us your thoughts on Stevie Wonder performing at the gala. Should he have even accepted the invite?

41 Responses to Why Is Stevie Wonder Performing at a Benefit For the Israeli Defense Forces?

  1. Lorenzo Reply

    December 1, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    Man when it comes to the selfishness of the world we realy know how to stick our foot in our mouths. Mr.Wonder is a world renound performer, meaning if called on he’ll be there. He got a gift, not given to him by man(where they controll his comming and going)but by God. remember it’s a Godly gift, to be shared. Yes I do support Mr.Wonder shareing his gift. The melodies isn’t Stevies to share. It’s God’s.Always remember. “The God of Abraham,Issac, and Jacob shared His first love His Son Yeshua,I just call it all joy that an Black man was called to partisapate in love, not hat or anger but in Love………TheElderSpeak….Shalom

  2. Davchi Reply

    November 29, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This reminds me of the real event in the movie “Ray”. Where heading to the arena to sing to a segregated audience Ray Charles turns around and heads back to his motorcade refusing to play to a segregatd people and seeing the white promoter steaming mad and threating Ray Charles that he would never play in Georgia again. Stevie blind too and loves to play for anybody cannot turn blind eyes from injustice anywhere. The IDF is the Palestinians KKK and for some reason black folk are to sympathize with Israel because we are Americans. Huh?

  3. Myke Reply

    November 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Israel has never attacked us.

  4. Imhotep Reply

    November 29, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Israel black folks did not become a state until the late 40′s. The land was Palestinian ( source – Arab-Israeli War) . The land was taken with the help of the United Snakes and used for European Jews fleeing Germany and Russia. Tell me when the last time u saw a dark skinned African Hebrew from Israel on any media? U haven’t. Stop believing what u r told and do some research! !!They are killers and they sure dont give a f**k about ur black azz or any American. Zionism is Racism! ! ( Book, The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion! !). Start there. Henry Ford knew. .Maat. ..

    • avivit Reply

      December 2, 2012 at 8:57 am

      When was the lat time you watched television in Israel?

      How many dark skinned Arabs have you seen in the media.

      Israel became a state after the UN voted to partition the land after the British withdrew.

      If you think the Arabs have your back, you are sadly mistaken.

  5. Ishmar Muhammad Reply

    November 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Stevie is Blind & was tricked by these Satanic Jews Dirty MF’s

  6. moonhead Reply

    November 28, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Stevie Wonder, must be losing his mind. He, of all people should remember that the South African apartheid system, would not have lasted as long as it did, without the support of Israel. Israel, admired their apartheid system so much, that they imposed it on the Palestinians. I hear these church pimps, telling Black people that we should support Israel, because they are the chosen people, and I say chosen by who, and for what? That bible that they quote from, is nothing but a Jew book, narrated by Jews, for Jewish people.

  7. Maat Reply

    November 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Definitely protest his participation. Black people need to stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people. Apartheid is Apartheid.

    • Avivivit Reply

      December 2, 2012 at 10:03 am

      They might appreciate it, until you want to marry their daughters. Then you’re not good enough.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxrxI9xItkw

      only one example. if you take the time to investigate, you’ll learn much more.

      Black Americans do not need to be choosing sides in this case.

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