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Stevie Wonder cancels concert for Israeli group

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.

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Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere."

Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.

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Dec 2, 2012 5:21AM
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The concert was to raise money for the soldiers and their families who at the end of the day are sacrifices of war.  This was a political push on the UN's part and unfortunately he was too blind to see it. Sorry, really politically incorrect but I couldn't resist.
Dec 2, 2012 5:03AM
Dec 2, 2012 2:57AM
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Amazing (or depressing) how a story like this can bring the 8th grade eductation of of those compelled to post. 1 person who agrees with Stevie Wonder and myself uses the same statement to denegrate Jews, of which I am one. And for those of you who want to cast all of the Palestinians as the handy bad guys, try picking up a book, like Exodus or The Haj by Leon Uris. The Palestinians were forced into segregation, sprawliing tent cities with open sewage as soon as Israel began re-settlement after WWII. Try walking in the someone elses shoes before you just blog out your prejudices. 
Dec 2, 2012 1:09AM
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What a lack of backbone and class. The U.N, is one of the most corrupt organozations on Earth. Wonder could have done a great job by going on with the concert and advocating peace.

 

How sad that he is just another entertainer with no real courage. 

Dec 2, 2012 12:35AM
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Is it the role of a "UN Messenger of Peace" to cave in to the threats of arab extremists?
How about being a part of an international organization that funnels millions of dollars to terrorist groups - all in the name of "Peace", of course...?

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