LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Veteran singer and United
Nations Messenger of Peace Stevie Wonder has canceled a planned
performance for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces after
several organizations asked him not to perform.
The soul singer, 62, was scheduled to sing at a Dec. 6
fundraising gala in Los Angeles hosted by the Friends of the
Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), an organization set up to help
those serving in the Israel Defense Forces and families of
"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 at the FIDF Gala," Wonder said
in a statement sent to Reuters by his spokeswoman.
Wonder said he would make contributions to organizations
that support Israeli and Palestinian children with disabilities.
The singer added that as a Messenger of Peace, a title he's
held since 2009, "I am and have always been against war, any
According to a statement from the US Campaign to End the
Israeli Occupation, a coalition that aims to change U.S. policy
toward Palestine and Israel and support human rights and
equality, Wonder's decision came after a "growing outcry" from
several organizations and three international signed petitions.
The protest is part of a "cultural boycott" led by
organizations that oppose Israel's occupation of Palestinian
territories, the statement said.
(Reporting By Piya Sinha-Roy; editing by Todd Eastham)