Stevie Wonder is one entertainer who isn’t afraid to stick to his values. The legendary musician recently announced that he is canceling his appearance at a concert that will raise funds for the organization Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.
Wonder, who is a United Nations Messenger of Peace, often sings about the power of love and the destruction of war, and the recent conflict between Israel and Palestine made him reconsider his decision to participate in the December 6 show.
In a statement, Wonder explained: “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.” He added, “Given the current and very delicate situation in the Middle East, and with a heart that has always cried out for world unity, I will not be performing,”
Wonder’s decision comes on the heels of the UN’s decision to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state, which gives them more power to sue Israel for human’s rights violations.
Israel has vowed retribution for Palestine’s new status and has already announced plans to build thousands of new housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, which many argue would seriously jeopardize a possible two state solution.
Instead of performing at the benefit concert, Wonder said he will donate money to charities that service both Israeli and Palestinian children.