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. 

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  • I can see it both ways. It’s always great for people to stand up for things they truly believe in. At the same time, entertainers are seen by many as being there to entertain, not to push their politics on the people who paid to see them. You know, the whole, “Shut up and sing” thing.

    But since this was a fundraiser, it seems like an already more political event than just a random concert. So I totally understand him backing out.

  • Anthony

    If you just want to be seen as an entertainer, than you have to be very careful about what you attach your name to. Playing for the IDF is tricky even in a time of peace (which has yet to happen in Israel.)
    Frankly, I think any American citizen doing a fundraiser for a foreign military is playing with fire.

    • The Other Jess

      obviously stevie didn’t realize at first what he had committed too. then once he found out the truth, he made sure to back out. good for him!

  • Kacey

    Yes. The treatment of Ethiopian Jews in Israel is deplorable.

  • LemonNLime

    The IDF already has a fundraiser, it’s called the USA. Why anyone would be trying to raise money for the agressors in this situation, who targeted and killed hundreds of women, children, and journalists, etc. I don’t know. Why not have a fundraiser for the innocents who are really hurting, the Palestinian civilians?