Report: Stevie Wonder Caves to Mounting Pressure, Cancels Performance to Benefit Israeli Troops

Your Black World reported on Wednesday that Stevie Wonder was slated to perform at a gala to benefit Israeli troops. That news was  met with outrage from activists, who pointed to Israel’s atrocities committed against Palestinians as reason enough for Wonder to decline the invitation.

The outrage reached its peak with a petition for Wonder to cancel his scheduled appearance:

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.

It now seems that the pressure has gotten to Stevie Wonder, forcing him to cancel his performance.

The Jewish Telegraph Agency, a news source for the American Jewish community, reports that  Wonder’s camp now says he is poised to release a statement saying he has decided to withdraw from a commitment to headline a Dec. 6 benefit for the Israeli Defense Forces.

Sources say  Wonder believes taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clashes with his role as a “Messenger of Peace” for the United Nations. He has held that  title since 2009.

Wonder has not released an official statement yet.


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  1. I had to re-check this, I read it once in an Israeli paper, and it was true. And call LA and folks there said it was true. Well, all that I can say is has Brother Stevie lost his mind? At this point our brother Stevie has more than disgrace himself. Stevie Wonder the African American Musical genius was actual about to a salute as fund raiser for the Israeli Defense Force. This is a profane and ugly disgrace to the worlds people, as he uses his vast musical talents to such a murderous cause of Israel. And this after the Israeli attack on the people of Gaza and the children of Gaza. I suggest that Brother Stevie give some explanation before the fans, before we take him serious as one of our most talent spokemen of our music… I know that this is a tall order, but, it must be done, if the world is to see Black music only through the likes of Little Wanye anf Favor Fav.

  2. Great news, I was wondering if Stevie, had lost his mind. Now I believe he has come to his senses. I wish more people would put the same pressure on President Obama, to change the United States foreign policy, and stop providing military weapons, and finacial support for Isreal to massicre the Palestanian people.
    I hope that the people of the United States is waking up to the reality that as long as we continue this unreasonable one sided support of Isreal, we will always have enemy in the Middle East.

  3. I just have a number of questions, after all the events that has gone on in the Middle East from Gaza to Israel backing of South Africa. Just what was Mr. Stevie Wonder was thinking? I know among Black peaceful liberals who are about peace and harmony, who advocate "justice" through senitmental love and their emotional disarming of the people from resistance, have always have had a blind spot by choice. They never see the actual history of Zionism and never connect the fact that Zionism is racism. I think that its a real time for a reality check… among the sentimental and infantile….

  4. Zionism and Nazism is THE SAME! Add a comment…

  5. How did he even think of doing such a thing in the first place?

  6. Way to go Stevie. Black people have a history of being oppressed so getting involved on the side of an oppressor is hyprocritical. I am so proud that he is resisting this invitation.