Under pressure, Stevie Wonder cancels appearance at benefit concert for Israeli militarySubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 11/29/2012 - 23:34
12:37 AM 11/29/2012
David M. Martosko
Stevie Wonder has decided to withdraw from a commitment to headline a Dec. 6 benefit for the Israeli Defense Forces, according to JTA, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
The American entertainer’s representatives are set to issue a statement, the news wire said late Wednesday, in which they will claim 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 honorific title since 2009.
JTA based its reporting on “a source who has read email exchanges between Wonder’s representatives and organizers of the event.”