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Stevie Wonder withdraws from Israeli fundraiser concert


LEGENDARY MUSICIAN Stevie Wonder has cancelled a scheduled performance due to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.

The Superstition singer was due to perform at a fundraiser for Israeli soldiers and their families at the Friends of the Israel Defence (FDIF) in Los Angeles on December 6 but has withdrawn from the show.

Instead, the 62-year-old – who is a United Nations Messenger of Peace - declared that he will make a charitable donation to help children with disabilities from both Israel and Palestine.

A statement released by Wonder said: "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 on December 6th. 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 organisations that support Israeli and Palestinian children with disabilities. Hoping for one world, one people, one day, Stevie Wonder."

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