Stevie Wonder cancels concert for group funding Israeli Defense Forces

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Singer Stevie Wonder performs onstage during the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 18, 2012 in Century City, California (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Race to Erase MS)

Singer Stevie Wonder performs onstage during the 19th Annual Race to Erase MS held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 18, 2012 in Century City, California (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Race to Erase MS)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official “Messenger of Peace” for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.”

Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.