Stevie Wonder cancels concert for group that supports Israeli military
Singer Stevie Wonder performs before President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)
Published Friday, November 30, 2012 5:59PM EST
WASHINGTON - Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.
Wonder had been scheduled to perform next week for Friends of the Israel Defence Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.
Wonder said the United Nations recommended cancelling 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 cancelling 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.