Confirmed: Stevie Wonder pulls out of IDF fundraiser

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Yesterday, Alex Kane reported on an anonymously sourced story from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency saying Stevie Wonder was set to pull out of a December 6 fundraiser for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Force (FIDF). The story has now been confirmed in a press release issued by the FIDF:

Representatives of the performer cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given Wonder’s involvement with the organization. FIDF National Director and CEO, Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon: ‘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. FIDF is a non-political organization that provides much-needed humanitarian support regardless of religion, political affiliation, or military activity.’”
 

The fundraiser is being sponsored by Haim and Cheryl Saban. Seinfeld actor, and One Voice supporter, Jason Alexander will emcee.

The US Campaign to End the Occupation and US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel are asking people to thank Wonder for his decision. The text of their letter reads:

Dear Stevie Wonder,

As a diverse group of people of conscience and organizations around the world, it is with great joy that we applaud your decision to cancel your performance for the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (FIDF) annual gala fundraiser.

With this principled move on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, you have been true to your title as a UN Messenger of Peace, for it is only through justice for the Palestinians that peace can finally be realized. By signaling your belief in accountability of the IDF for its ongoing abuses of the fundamental human rights of the Palestinian people, your decision gives hope to those around the world who support freedom, justice, and equality, particularly following the latest Israeli brutal aggression in the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip.

Thank you, Stevie Wonder, for standing on the right side of history.

You can add your thanks here.

9 Responses

  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 29, 2012, 4:01 pm

    ”FIDF is a non-political organization that provides much-needed humanitarian support regardless of religion, political affiliation, or military activity.”

    That is so breathtakingly ridiculous I’m lost for words – a rare occurrence for me!

    • Kathleen
      November 30, 2012, 7:30 am

      The pro Israel no matter what crowd have repeated so many lies and serious contradictions that they either don’t recognize it or more likely the case don’t care.

  2. yourstruly
    November 29, 2012, 5:05 pm

    stevie wonder should no more support an idf fundraiser than he would a kkk fundraiser. surely he knows this, but if for whatever reason he doesn’t, i offer him the following equation; apartheid, israeli style = apartheid, south african style = jim crow.

  3. eGuard
    November 29, 2012, 7:34 pm

    Thanks, mr Stevie Wonder. You music sounds great again, even greater.

  4. David Doppler
    November 29, 2012, 8:03 pm

    And go on iTunes and buy a bunch of his songs.

  5. Cliff
    November 30, 2012, 2:00 am

    Great news!

  6. a blah chick
    November 30, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Could someone please tell me why the IDF needs fundraisers? Between their own government and the US of A they get billions, why do they need telethons?

    • piotr
      December 2, 2012, 12:41 am

      It is pretty simple. The most succinct explanation is in the lyrics “Narwhal” (lines that refer to IDF indicated with arrows:

      Narwhals Narwhals swimming in the Ocean
      Causing a Commotion
      Cuz they are so awesome <–
      Narwhals Narwhals swimming in the ocean
      Pretty big and pretty White
      They beat a polarbear in a fight <–
      Like an underwater Unicorn
      They got a kickass facial horn!
      Their the jedi's of the sea!
      They stop Cthulhu eating ye! <–
      Narwhals they are Narwhals Narwhals!
      Just dont let them touch your balls! <–
      Narwhals They are narwhals!
      Inventors of the Shishkebab! <–

  7. andrew r
    December 2, 2012, 4:34 pm

    This is great news, but I’m hesitant to get too excited because he can always perform directly in Israel. That hasn’t been ruled out yet.

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