Via Aish.com, a disturbing revelation prior to the world’s festive season: Stevie Wonder cancels a commitment to appear at a benefit for wounded IDF soldiers and the widows and orphans of those killed in the line of duty. Apparently, Mr. Wonder doesn’t think this humanitarian enough.
Unfortunately, Wonder is not alone. Fortunately, his misguided thinking is not shared universally in the music business.
One group called Creative Community for Peace says that although we “may not all share the same politics, we do agree that unfairly singling out Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, will not further peace.”
Yet musicians such as Elvis Costello, the Pixies, Jon Bon Jovi and Carlos Santana have all cravenly cancelled tour stops in Israel.
Appearing in Tel Aviv, pop icon Elton John took a swipe at the cowards: “Musicians spread love and peace, and bring people together. We don’t cherry-pick our conscience.”
I’m pulling all music from these musicians out of my collection and locking them away. I’m also done buying their music.
Until they have a change of heart, that is.
- Stevie Wonder pulls out of Israel fundraiser after boycott pressure (thejc.com)
- Alanis Morissette plays sold-out show in Tel Aviv despite social media threats demanding she boycott Israel (news.nationalpost.com)
- Friends of IDF Raise $14 Million Without Stevie Wonder (israelnationalnews.com)