Stevie Wonder was scheduled to perform at a Friends of the Israel Defense Forces benefit, but has since dropped out, citing the ongoing tension in the Middle East. Wonder also stated that he would be donating to organizations supporting both Israeli and Palestinian children with disabilities. Via Reuters:
“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,” Wonder said in a statement sent to Reuters by his spokeswoman.
… The singer added that as a Messenger of Peace, a title he’s held since 2009, “I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere.”