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Stevie Wonder Cancels Israel Concert Over Public Pressure: ‘I Am and Have Always Been Against War’

Posted by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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Stevie Wonder Cancels Israel Concert Over Public Pressure: ‘I Am and Have Always Been Against War’

Stevie Wonder Cancels Israel IDF Concert Over Public Pressure, United Nations Position

Stevie Wonder and the Rickey Minor Band perform as a tribute to Dick Clark at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (Photo: AP)

Music legend Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military, Reuters reports.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform on Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families, but canceled over public pressure and his position with the United Nations.

Apparently Wonder is an official “Messenger of Peace” for the global organization, and the U.N. suggested someone with such a title not support Israel’s military.  The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday, though, over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

“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 to Reuters.

According to E Online, Wonder added:

“I am respectfully withdrawing my participation from this year’s event to avoid the appearance of partiality…As a Messenger of Peace, I am and have always been against war, any war, any where. In consistently keeping with my spirit of giving, I will make a personal contribution to organizations that support Israeli and Palestinian children with disabilities.”

Reuters concludes:

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ednarooni160
by Eds on Dec. 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM
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It's his decision and he's going to donate money to the cause..I just find it odd that he booked it in the first place if he's always been against war.

Mommy2BeAmy
by Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Good for him!

Mommy2BeAmy
by Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Good point 

Quoting Ednarooni160:

It's his decision and he's going to donate money to the cause..I just find it odd that he booked it in the first place if he's always been against war.


Ednarooni160
by Eds on Dec. 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Education

‘Jews Need Not Apply,’ ‘Coloreds OK’ Invites Reportedly Distributed to Harvard Students

Students at Harvard University awoke Friday morning to inflammatory club invitations slid under their doors that stated, “Jews need not apply,” “No f–king Jews” and “Coloreds OK,” student newspaper the Harvard Crimson reported.

The invitations were for “The Pigeon,” said to be “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.” Final clubs are exclusive social clubs not recognized by the university.

Three virtues listed at the top of the invitation were “inclusion,” “diversity” and “love,” each with the following caveats: “inclusion” (“Jews need not apply”); “diversity” (“Seriously, no f–king Jews. Coloreds OK”); and “love” (“Rophynol” — a misspelling of the date rape drug Rohypnol, or “roofies.”)

Jews Need Not Apply, Coloreds OK Invites Distributed to Harvard Students

Image source: Harvard Crimson

The invitation contained information for the club’s first event, set for 11:02 p.m. at a frozen yogurt shop on Dec. 13, with “semi-bro attire required.”

It was unclear precisely how many students received the invitations, or whether they were legitimate or some kind of prank. The Crimson reported they were distributed in all nine undergraduate “River Houses.”

In a statement to TheBlaze, Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds called the invitations “deeply disturbing” and said while the university is committed to safeguarding free expression, that should not be mistaken “for the tacit approval of all speech that occurs on our campus.”

“As dean of the college, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive,” Hammonds said. “They are not a reflection of the values of our community. Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”

Word of the invitations comes just after the university granted a BDSM sex club official school recognition.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Dec. 2, 2012 at 1:27 PM
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OMG.  That is horrible. 

Quoting Ednarooni160:


Education

‘Jews Need Not Apply,’ ‘Coloreds OK’ Invites Reportedly Distributed to Harvard Students

Students at Harvard University awoke Friday morning to inflammatory club invitations slid under their doors that stated, “Jews need not apply,” “No f–king Jews” and “Coloreds OK,” student newspaper the Harvard Crimson reported.

The invitations were for “The Pigeon,” said to be “Harvard’s Newest Final Club.” Final clubs are exclusive social clubs not recognized by the university.

Three virtues listed at the top of the invitation were “inclusion,” “diversity” and “love,” each with the following caveats: “inclusion” (“Jews need not apply”); “diversity” (“Seriously, no f–king Jews. Coloreds OK”); and “love” (“Rophynol” — a misspelling of the date rape drug Rohypnol, or “roofies.”)

Jews Need Not Apply, Coloreds OK Invites Distributed to Harvard Students

Image source: Harvard Crimson

The invitation contained information for the club’s first event, set for 11:02 p.m. at a frozen yogurt shop on Dec. 13, with “semi-bro attire required.”

It was unclear precisely how many students received the invitations, or whether they were legitimate or some kind of prank. The Crimson reported they were distributed in all nine undergraduate “River Houses.”

In a statement to TheBlaze, Harvard College Dean Evelynn Hammonds called the invitations “deeply disturbing” and said while the university is committed to safeguarding free expression, that should not be mistaken “for the tacit approval of all speech that occurs on our campus.”

“As dean of the college, and as an educator, I find these flyers offensive,” Hammonds said. “They are not a reflection of the values of our community. Even if intended as satirical in nature, they are hurtful and offensive to many students, faculty and staff, and do not demonstrate the level of thoughtfulness and respect we expect at Harvard when engaging difficult issues within our community.”

Word of the invitations comes just after the university granted a BDSM sex club official school recognition.


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