You probably did not want to turn down the invitation, because this gig is a must attend event for the Los Angeles community, and you would not want to be accused of being anti-semitic. It is not being anti-semitic to not want to support the activities of the IDF however, or the policies of the state of Israel. You might , after standing up against racism and injustice, and against apartheid South Africa, be accused of a little hypocricy , since lets face it the IDF are mainly known as the force that maintains Israels occupation of the West Bank, and the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the area, whilst propping up apartheid policies, taking part in land grabs and other war crimes. The IDF are terrorists, who have been responsible for the demolishment of 200 houses in Gaza and seriously damaged 8,000 more. Coming a week after Operation Pillar of cloud, your timing is impecabble.
Will you be playing 'I just called to say I love you', if so I am definitely feeling a little ' uptight'.
Did you not used to talk about Martin Luther King and did you not used to share his ideas, walk along the same paths, with a man who lived and died trying to break the chains of oppression and injustice.
Stevie the parallels between apartheid south africa and Israel are clear to understand. An apartheid society is much more than just a 'settler colony'. It involves specific forms of oppression that actively strip the original inhabitants of any rights at all, wheras civilian members of the invader caste are given all kinds of sumptuous privileges.
The apartheid wall which the I.D.F prop up is designed to crush the human spirit as much as to enclose the Palestinians in ghettos. Its route cuts huge swathes into the West Bank to incorporate into Israels illegal settler colonies.
The New Black by the Mavrix
( a collaboration between South Africa and Palestine)
South African band, the Mavrix and Palestinian Oud Player
It's never to late to reconsider, and I'm talking as a fan, I remember how you supported the international call to boycott south africa and your refusal to perform in their at the time of apartheid, so why would you support an apartheid state now, which side are you on , how come you now seem to be supporting the oppressors? Their is always time to wrestle with your conscience, identify with the struggle, ,not to get carried away, time to admit, perhaps, that if you did this one gig, that you might have something to regret. I really hope so , because their is no one blinder than those who REFUSE to see between right and wrong.
Thought I'd end with a video of an old song you used to sing, that has much resonance with what you might be about to do, and a link to two petitions that perhaps someone could have a look at for you, a lot of fans are signing, they've respected you for a long time, I do hope for a long time to come, so please I am urging you to cancel this performance and stand with the values of justice. You have used your wonderful singing voice to spread messages of hope and love, so please Stevie, don't sing for Apartheid.
Stevie Wonder - It's Wrong ( Apartheid)
Petition: Stevie Wonder, don't play for an occupying army
(The Israeli Defence Force)
Petition: Stevie Wonder: Don't play at the IDF gala fundraiser in LA on Dec 6th