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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 violent 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?


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41 comments

  1. It is not just the eyes that makes a person blind. We havn't gotten over our holocust as of yet. Now we are fighting for someone eles holocust. WRONG IS WRONG. The Indians lost America for people who wanted new land for their people. Now Isleal wants to take away the land of other people because they want all of the Plaistinans out of Palistan no matter how they do it. Then have the nerve to ask for help getting it.

  2. Bad move Stevie… Bad move…

  3. 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

  4. 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?

  5. Israel has never attacked us.

  6. 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 fuck 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. ..

    • 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.

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

  8. Because they paid his fee and Stevie got bills to pay.

    • Yeah, but, c'mon. Blood money's no good.

    • It was that kind of thinking that kept our people physically enslaved for so long, and it is keeping us mentally enslaved today. There are definitely some things that are not worth living for. And when siding with terrorists (who have no qualms to do to others, what they call holocaust to themselves) become the only way to pay your bills, then you need to move on.

    • Seems to me then that we all have our own battles and paying bills is just a small part of one. As far as I or you can see at this point both sides have terroristic tendencies. Just depends on which side your on. The history states that the US and so called Isreal started this mess with an invasion. Both sides claim the devine right to be there. I'm choosing to side with Stevie and believe that he's still the Stevie who has always fought for worldwide peace he will preach peace throughout his performance.

    • Stevie has MORE than enough money to pay his bills… My bills… Your bills… And everybody else… (and that's with just ONE of his royalty checks)

  9. 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.

  10. And for the record on this issue Stevie should read this:
    94% of terrorist acts in America are NOT committed by Muslims.
    In Europe 99.4% of terrorist acts are NOT committed by Muslims.
    http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/
    So again, educate yourself BEFORE opening your mouth and aid in getting a bunch of civilians killed.

  11. Blacks need to get out entertainers in check.I don't know why anyone is surprised. Did you know that some of top Black performers on the planet sided and supported a government that according to its own Human Rights Commission and a Supreme Court Justice is more racist than aparthied era South Africa and the Jim Crow US South? Did you know that the actions of these Black entertainers directly led to the death of Trayvon Martin? Did you know that the same Black entertainers that supported this racist, racial profiling government turned around and exploited Trayvon Martin's death by running to the media in BLACK HOODIES to make money after making the most sell out statements AGAINST BLACKS while in this foreign country? So Stevie Wonder is no surprise, he unfortunately is the norm-I CHALLENGE YOURBLACKWORLD to address this issue DIRECTLY with no holds barred.

  12. Absolutely horrible. Ranks with the decision of Ray Charles to violate the boycott of South African apartheid during the 80's. What a shame and disgrace.

  13. What the hell…………is he blind? Song list: 'I just called to say I bombed you!', 'Clusterbomb tips!'…..c'mon!

  14. God bless Stevie Wonder. He is a righteous brother.

  15. Corey Thompson-Peartree Soundslayer

    Israel is Yah's country He will protect it.. Be careful what you do against Israel….African Americans thats our country too we are the original Hebrews ….

    • Amen! Glory to His name!

    • There is no legitimate country named israel, to be correct it is Palestine and it belongs to the Palestinian people. African Americans, let's free ourselves from these deviated sects and cults and worship Allah. Palestine will be free of zionist oppression by Muslim hands and Allah's help. Ameen

    • Islam is the religion for hatred and violence. God bless Israel. Remember 9/11. Stop the centrifuges.

    • SiSi McDade you so called "Christians" kill me talking about protect Israel. Do you think that Prophet Esau (Jesus) would condone the indiscriminate killing of children, women, and unarmed men? If you do you need to check the Torah, new testatment and read the Holy Qu'ran while you are at it. Smh.

    • Corey Thompson-Peartree Soundslayer

      Allah is not a living god like Yah Allah is some fake moon god and when i read my bible when ever Yah gave orders for Israel to take land he promised them he didnt spare anyone…….Im on The Almighty's side……

    • Corey Thompson-Peartree Soundslayer

      To call Yashua a prophet …is terrible …He is the son of the only living God..The only one that can intercede for you …You cant talk to Yah without him….He died for the sins of those that are his….You will all be faced with the truth…I pray that you get it before its too late

    • Saadya Aviar Shaan

      Hajji-Hasan Abdul Quddus That is very true,it had another name

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

  17. apartied was wrong for south africa and is wrong for israel/palestine.

    • Cristina Add me on FB or message me. We need to talk

    • Bassem Nasir Mr.Nasir it would also be prudent to address some myths, which greatly contribute to the erroneous perception of such an issue. For example most Americans believe that Muslim=terrorism, but as a European study recently found 94% of terrorism in the US is NOT committed by Muslims (why isn't this non-Muslim super majority that DOES commit such acts not get addressed)? In Europe 99.4% of terrorism is NOT committed by Muslims. http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/
      Additionally, there is a much larger issue regarding the Stevie Wonder issue-MUCH larger that should be addressed-which is WHY would Stevie Wonder and other musicians get involved in something that they are completely ignorant of and only make the situation worse for the people suffering and NOT get involved in issues that they should? Performing for a foreign military with a record against civilians that the UN and most of Europe has condemned?!

    • It would also be prudent to address some myths, which greatly contribute to the erroneous perception of such an issue. For example most Americans believe that Muslim=terrorism, but as a European study recently found 94% of terrorism in the US is NOT committed by Muslims (why isn't this super majority addressed)? In Europe 99 .4% of terrorism is NOT committed by Muslims. http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/01/not-all-terrorists-are-muslims/
      Additionally, there is a much larger issue regarding the Stevie Wonder issue-MUCH larger that should be addressed-which is WHY would Stevie Wonder and other musicians get involved in something that they are completely ignorant of and only make the situation worse for the people suffering and NOT get involved in issues that they should? Performing for a foreign military with a record against civilians that the UN and most of Europe has condemned?!

  18. Stop it Trolls – The great Stevie Wonder can perform wherever and to whom he wants – Stop it Trolls.

    • I don't think so… It took a courageous Ray Charles to stand up an say that HE would not perform where his concerts were segregated… We musicians must do what is right… With great power comes great responsibility.

  19. 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.Oh Oh Masa y is we hating you let Jesus cum in2 their hearts-Prayers of a House Negro.

  20. bc he can't C notten, wouldn't hear truth&AfroAm is d 1group BornAgain-a sorry state dat keeps us confused &w/out resistence.

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