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Friends of IDF Event Spurned by Stevie Wonder Raises More Than $14 Million

By: JTA

The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces fundraiser that singer Stevie Wonder pulled out of raised more than $14 million.

More than 1,400 people attended the event in Los Angeles to aid Israeli soldiers. Entertainment mogul Haim Saban and his wife, Cheryl chaired the gala. Saban is a national board member of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

Actor Jason Alexander emceed the event, which featured a performance by David Foster and Friends. Surprise musical performances were presented by by “American Idol” winner Ruben Studdard and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan.

Wonder 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.

The Grammy-winning singer’s representatives cited a recommendation from the United Nations to withdraw his participation given his involvement with the U.N. Wonder as a Messenger of Peace of the world body. He had performed at a 1998 gala honoring Israel’s 50th anniversary.

Funds raised at the event will go toward Friends of the IDF’s well-being and educational programs for Israeli soldiers and the Negev Wellbeing and Educational Centers.

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2 Responses to “Friends of IDF Event Spurned by Stevie Wonder Raises More Than $14 Million”

  1. The 'apartheid wall'.

    There are few places in the world where governments construct a web of nationality and residency laws designed for use by one section of the population against another.

    Apartheid South Africa was one. So is Israel.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2006/feb/06/southafrica.israel

    Comparisons between white rule in South Africa and Israel's system of control over the Arab peoples it governs are increasingly heard.

    Opponents of the vast steel and concrete barrier under construction through the West Bank and Jerusalem dubbed it the "apartheid wall" because it forces communities apart and grabs land.

  2. A beautiful 80,000 acre of lush greenery known as Canada Park, sits just off the main highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This oasis of rest and recreation amidst the rocky outcrop and archaeological backdrop of the region has been funded and supported at Canadian taxpayer expense.

    It also happens to be located in the Occupied Territories sitting atop of what were once three thriving Palestinian villages, Imwas, Beit Nuba and Yalo.

    http://www.thecanadiancharger.com/page.php?id=5&a=848

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