Nov 29, 2012 No Comments ›› Infidel
(JTA) – The head of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces expressed his regret that Grammy-winning singer Stevie Wonder has pulled out of performing at a fundraiser for the group.
Wonder was scheduled to headline the Friends of the IDF annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars to support the Israeli military.
According to a news release from group’s public relations firm issued Thursday, Wonder’s representatives cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given his involvement with the U.N. Wonder is a “Messenger of Peace” of the world body,
“We regret the fact that Stevie Wonder has decided to cancel his performance at an important community event of the FIDF, an American organization supporting the educational, cultural, and wellbeing needs of Israel’s soldiers, their families, and the families of fallen soldiers,” Maj. Gen. (Res.) Yitzhak (Jerry) Gershon, national director and CEO of Friends of the IDF, said in the release sent by Puder Public Relations of New York. “FIDF is a non-political organization that provides much-needed humanitarian support regardless of religion, political affiliation, or military activity.”
Wonder’s agent at Creative Artists Agency did not return a request for comment.The spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general also had no comment on the matter.