Published Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7:23 PM EST
“That’s what friends are for?” Oh, please …
The guy’s a hopeless Obamaphile and a United Nations “Messenger of Peace,” so would you really expect him to be anything more than (at best) a “part-time lover” of the Israeli people’s right to live in security and peace?
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA), the commitment that over-the-hill, overbearingly-overvocalizing minstrel Stevie Wonder made to perform at a pro-Israel event wasn’t quite “signed, sealed [and] delivered.” Wonder has apparently gotten a bit “uptight” [no, everything isn’t alright] and, consequently, has pulled out of a scheduled headline performance at the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces annual gala to be held in Los Angeles on December 6.
The event raises millions of dollars annually to support the personnel in the Israeli military.
Isn’t he lovely?!
As the JTA reported:
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.
An official of Friends of the IDF, reached at its Los Angeles office, had no comment. Wonder’s agent at Creative Artists Agency did not return a request for comment.
The JTA reported that an online petition on the change.org website calling on Wonder to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures.
Less than “overjoyed” about the criticism, Wonder was apparently influenced by the petition’s argument which included: “[P]lease remember that apartheid is apartheid, whether it comes from White Afrikaaner settlers of South Africa or from Jewish Israelis in Israel … Desmond Tutu has recognized that Israel’s Apartheid is worse than South Africa’s — will you stand with us against apartheid and cancel your performance at the IDF fundraiser.”
Additionally, a second petition, launched by the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, calls on Wonder to “(p)lease continue your legacy of speaking out for the oppressed. Please be a ‘full-time lover’ of justice by standing on the right side of history and canceling your performance for the Israeli army.”
Those 3,600 signatures — mostly of people who, from the comfort of their desks, sign various petitions daily at change.org — only represent a fraction of, say, the fans that actually showed up in cold weather for a home football game this past Monday night hosted by the hapless Philadelphia Eagles. However, on the other hand, that number does represent at least 18 times as many people as showed up when Wonder was featured at a “get-out-the-vote” rally for Barack Obama, a few weeks ago. (Unlike voting on Election Day in certain neighborhoods in Cleveland, one must actually show up to be counted for a “get-out-the-vote” rally.)
According to the FIDF website’s description of the group’s mission: “The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.
Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors to provide for the wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 14 regional offices in the United States and one office in Latin America.”
One can make a contribution to the FIDF via this link.