Wonder cancels concert for group that raises funds for Israeli military
In this May 9, 2012 file photo, Stevie Wonder performs during the "In Performance at the White House" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, honoring songwriters Burt Bacharach and Hal David. (AP / Carolyn Kaster)
Published Friday, November 30, 2012 6:18PM EST
Last Updated Friday, November 30, 2012 6:19PM 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 Dec. 6 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.