Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 3 September 2014

Stevie Wonder cancels concert

Musician Stevie Wonder has cancelled a gig for an Israeli support group

Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

The soul legend had been scheduled to perform on December 6 for Friends of the Israel Defence Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Stevie said the United Nations recommended cancelling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organisation.

The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognise a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement US and Israeli objections as hopes for Middle East peace talks stalled.

Stevie 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 the singer to cancel the performance.

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