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Stevie Wonder cancels pro-Israel concert under pressure from U.N., anti-Israel groups

Stevie Wonder cancels pro-Israel concert under pressure from U.N., anti-Israel groups

Via Times of Israel, With ‘a heavy heart,’ Stevie Wonder pulls out of Friends of the IDF concert:

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 US 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.

He had come under intense social media pressure to pull out of the event. An online petition calling on him to cancel his performance had garnered more than 3,600 signatures.

“You were arrested in 1985 protesting South African Apartheid, now we ask you: please remember that apartheid is apartheid, whether it comes from White Afrikaaner settlers of South Africa or from Jewish Israelis in Israel,” the petition reads. “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.”

This is just another example of how the malicious lie that Israel is an “apartheid state,” spread by people like Desmond Tutu, is used for boycotts and pressure tactics.  See Joel’s prior post, Desmond Tutu and the Jew Haters.

 

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Phenomenal. A mere 3600 online votes gets a multimillionaire with a five-decade international music career to back out. Wow, what courage from the so-called “messenger of peace.”

Just goes to show that his marching against apartheid in S. Africa was little more than a politically correct position with no downside; a cause celebre du jour.

The continuing isolation of Israel as the nexus of evil in the world picks up steam, and now has two notable successes in one week. It won’t be long before the U.N.–which is, after all, not made up of nations but of governments–takes up a resolution to expel Israel.

As for Syria–oh, look, a Jew squirrel.

    LukeHandCool in reply to Joel Engel. | December 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Johnny Rotten told the boycott-Israel crowd to shove it.

    “If Elvis-f*cking-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him. But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.”

    Rebel with a cause:

    “Johnny Rotten Defies Israel-gig Protest”

    http://www.thejc.com/news/israel-news/35626/johnny-rotten-defies-israel-gig-protest

    And from The Electronic Intifada website (with links to petitions telling bands to cancel their gigs in Israel):

    “Never mind Johnny Rotten, real punks boycott Israel”

    http://electronicintifada.net/content/never-mind-johnny-rotten-real-punks-boycott-israel/10938

    LukeHandCool (who is a Sex Pistols fan and who just wants to say, “Good on ya, Johnny!!”)

      Uncle Samuel in reply to LukeHandCool. | December 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

      There are plenty of faux democracies in the ME, that hold elections, respond to mob riots, etc., but no governments in the ME that respect human rights.

      In fact, Islamic Sharia law itself violates human rights, treating women, those who do not follow their conflicted religion and foreign workers as lesser persons, slaves.

      Their governments change as frequently by assassination, bloody riots, military take-overs as by the ballot box, law and constitution.

        Uncle Samuel in reply to Uncle Samuel. | December 2, 2012 at 9:52 am

        YESTERDAY, nine Taliban suicide bombers attacked the US Base in Afghanistan.

        The liberal media, Obama and Hillary are eerily silent about this. But be patient, Susan Rice will issue a statement (aka White House spin) in a month or so.

Ahhhh, Stevie…Just another Obama voter. And, like His Infantile Majesty, Steve’ums has demonstrated the breathtaking view of his Vast Testicular Concavity.

IDF: Know your Friends. ‘Nuff said.

“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.”

Notice the refrain we hear from all these moral weaklings, the attempt to universalize the issue in order to wriggle away. They can’t or won’t make definitions or, perish the thought, actual “judgments.” That’s for others to do, and once made, to take a stand and maybe die for.

Hey Liberal Jews! How are things working out for you now?

Ah, Stevie Wonder does not see what harm his act did to his own soul and to the world!
🙂

Stevie Wonder …still blind and irrelevant.

Hey Stevie, you are BS’ing us man … you hate war, then you should go out of your way to support soldiers, all soldiers, because no one hates war more than soldiers.

You’d also likely have skipped an voter campaign because they could turn violent…but you’d have sat back and waited until there was peace. Right?

You’re a former Detroiter, and we don’t miss you one bit…like your Motown kin, y’all bailed for La La Land and never looked back.

BTW…I think you are doing the IDF a favor by depriving them of of exposure to your no talent butt.

Correction: You’d also likely have skipped an voter campaign because they could turn violent…but you’d have sat back and waited until there was peace. Right?

Should have been: You’d also likely have skipped civil rights marches, sit-in, protests, and voter campaigns because they could turn violent…but you’d have sat back and waited until there was peace. Right?

Has Saint Desmond or any of his acolytes ever said anything about the apartheid practiced by any Muslim country? Ever seen an Islamic collective prayer and wondered, “Where are the women?” Ever seen the signs on the highway toward Mecca ordering non-Muslims to turn aside? Ever read the provisions of Islamic law that attach a distinctly higher value to a Muslim’s life or a Muslim’s testimony than a non-Muslim’s?

They won’t say a thing, because Muslims are a Designated Victim Class and Jews are not (because Jews have a way of making lemonade from lemons, whereas Muslim just burn down the lemon grove).

legalizehazing | December 1, 2012 at 12:32 pm

So how is Israel an apartheid state?

Whenever I listen to lefties’ nutty views of supposed Israeli apartheid and such, like from the hipster anarchist at work, it always seems like they’re trying to explain their superstitions. Unshakeable and impervious to logic.

Clunky, but true:

“When you believe in things,

that you don’t understand,

Then you suffer,

Superstition ain’t the way”

South Africa went from one real and perceived extreme to another. Its “progressive” constitution integrates apartheid as black letter law. Tutu either recognizes individual dignity or he doesn’t. The evidence suggests he is guilty of the latter. His prejudice removes any credibility he may have once enjoyed.

It’s no wonder that Wonder wimped! Scadenfreude auch!

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