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From the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:
Fewer than 4 days after the global campaign to urge Stevie to cancel his gig began, the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) announced Stevie’s intention to cancel his performance for the Friends of the IDF!
* Original article in the JTA: Source: Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig
* Re-posted in the Jewish Daily Forward: Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser
* Jerusalem Post — reported by Reuters: Source: Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig
This great news shows the power of the advocacy efforts so far. We are waiting for Stevie’s statement. Let’s strengthen Stevie’s resolve and finish the job. Click here to sign our petition to Stevie, which we will deliver to show him how much support behind him remains — and is growing!
Here is a portion of the JTA article:
Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser
Petition Called on R&B Star To Shun Israel Army Event
Stevie Wonder is set to pull out of a performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces, a source told JTA.
Wonder’s representatives will claim that he did not know the nature of the group, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and that he believes such a performance would be incongruent with his status as a U.N. “Messenger of Peace,” according to a source who has read email exchanges between Wonder’s representatives and organizers of the event.
Wonder was scheduled to headline the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars annually to support the Israeli military.
On November 25, 2012, YNet announced that musical legend and civil rights advocate Stevie Wonder would be performing for Israeli soldiers and major donors at the annual gala of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on December 6 in Los Angeles. Stevie Wonder stood against Apartheid in South Africa and has been an outspoken supporter of racial justice and civil rights in the United States. Please join us in saying to Stevie Wonder: “We Just Called to Say, Don’t Entertain Apartheid!”
In a letter to Stevie, Palestinian writerBassem Nasir wrote:
“This army, [the one you are supporting] Stevie, is a tool of oppression and subjugation that has kept me, my family, and my people occupied for over forty-five years. Every day, this army is protecting the seizure of more Palestinian land to build illegal Israeli settlements and further denying me my rights as a human being… I am urging you to cancel this performance and stand with the values of justice and peace for all.”
Here’s what you can do:
1. Tell Stevie Wonder: We Just Called to Say, Don’t Entertain Apartheid by using the US Campaign’s online tool to send a message to Stevie Wonder.
2. Twitter Alert: Use these ready-made tweets to spread the word about Stevie’s performance and call on him to not play for occupation forces.
3. Check out the US Campaign’s dedicated web page for more background information on Stevie Wonder’s performance.
4. Sign the online petition at change.org.