Dear Stevie – An Open Letter to Stevie Wonder

December 5, 2012 7:30 pm 21 comments

President Barack Obama presents Stevie Wonder with the Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in a celebration in the East Room of the White House.

Please permit me a moment of your time to express our collective dismay and disappointment at your decision to cancel your scheduled performance for an IDF (Israel Defense Force) fundraiser. I understand it was with a “heavy heart” that you cancelled and that it was recommended by the UN because you are “a messenger of peace”.

Herein lies my confusion. You have been the voice of a generation, you once sang with so much conviction That’s What Friends Are For and that Ebony and Ivory could live together in perfect harmony. You campaigned vociferously to make Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday a national holiday in the US. He was one of the greatest supporters of Zionism and the rights of the Jewish people to call Israel home.

You were a champion of the civil rights movement and used your voice effectively to help end the heinous system of Apartheid in South Africa, my country of origin. You proved with Ghandi-esque effect how peaceful protest could bring about great changes and you have proclaimed time and again that you are “against war, any war”.

Well Mr Wonder, we here in Israel are also against war. The fundraiser which you have pulled out of follows a month where once again, Israeli citizens faced a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza based terrorists. This time, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem were not spared. Hamas showed us their intentions without compunction for the civilians under threat. And once again the visuals of buses blown up permeated our psyche. The hideous twist of metal post explosion is all too familiar.

Mr Wonder, we could do with a messenger of peace. Sadly you have fallen prey to the anti-Israel lobby who disguise their hatred with concern for human rights. Odious accusations of Apartheid are not only libelous and fiction but greatly insult and diminish the suffering of the real victims of Apartheid. The anti-Israel lobby bully and intimidate with their petitions and accusations but fall silent on Palestinian incitement against Jews. No Mr Wonder, you may not hear “I just called to say I love you” on Palestinian radio or see the video for “My Cherie Amour” on Palestinian television, instead your fans in Gaza may be treated to songs about how much they would love to slaughter the Jews or become a martyr for Jihad. Hardly Billboard 100 material!

Mr Wonder, I would implore you, as a messenger of ambassador of peace, the next time (should there be one) you are invited to perform at a Pro-Israel fundraiser, please remember that peace is not a solo effort but rather an ensemble that requires dialogue from both sides. Please use your considerable voice and celebrity to advocate for positive change.

Consider this Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

21 Comments

  • The incredibly ignorant hatred and racism that some of the readers are expressing towards Stevie is appalling. Appalling. But it is merely an exaggeration of the sentiments in the article, which should explain to some of you the ambivalence Stevie must have about performing for you. You note that he’s blind, but he isn’t stupid, and you should really turn a mirror on yourselves. You’re nice up until someone doesn’t play along exactly as planned, then the name-calling and browbeating begins.

  • Great article Ro!

  • OPEN LETTER TO ALL,

    QUOTE FROM AN OLD MOVIE ”GONE WID DA WIND”

    “Frankly scarlet I dont give a ________”

    and neither should you,
    Mashiach didnt show yet either,
    I dont see your cries for him……….

  • It is unfair of us to expect that a man who has been managed by handlers his entire life should be able to get information that fully independent people have refused to absorb throughout the decades. Let us all refrain from negative judgments in this case, and merely try to continue telling the truth.

  • One thing for sure Stevie Wonder will be no less of a man, an artist, blind at that, by the hatred and negative sentiment spewing from a Jewish populace that if it wasn’t this, it would be something else such as his corn rolls or color. Stevie wonder can’t see but for many Jews there is and has never been any self introspection as to who they really are in this world family. To live in America and watch young Jewish kids grow up and join, enlist in a basically foreign army to go and kill some people possibly womwn and children, many of them don’t even know, only what they see in the media or what their parents teach them of another people by way of religion. The IDF prides itself on dealing with perceived threats to Israel and always has the upper hand against a occupied people who have no military, ground forces, air forces nor navy. Mr Wonder may love Israel with all his heart but may not want to participate in fueling a fire that one day will consume many,,,,,,,,,,, Stevie Wonder is a man of PEACE and I’m quite sure the Jew hatred at this moment doesn’t mean,,,,,,, to this man, blind yes but he knows the name of G-d,,,,,,,,PEACE.

    • Bernard, thank you for exemplifying the lies and hatred that Jews have had to put up with for centuries.

    • Bernard, it seems you too have fallen to the propaganda of the left. You talk of peace and in the same breath you, not in so many words, blame the Jews and Israel. According to the rules of war (international rules) proportion and symmetry are different points. In war, it matters not if the enemy does not have air forces, or a navy. The future gain is more important than proportion. So, if Hitler did not have these things should the west have only gone in to fight him with sticks. I mean really, grow up. It seems to me that you are possiblly another self hating Jew, who thinks by siding with the enemy he will be spared. Just another coward amongst our ranks!!!

      • Frankly I really believe I am Yeshua, The Moshiach of this HOUR. By the way do you know how many so-called Jews supported, bank rolled Hitler right down to the S.S. uniforms.

    • To Bernard M. or whatever your last name is,
      First of all it is “corn rows” not “rolls”.
      Second, I am one of those American Kids who joined the IDF and there was nothing foreign about it. It felt totally natural and true to the calling of the universal spirit of man to stand up for a people who have suffered so much at the hands of too many for too long. It was and is a cause that I and other American, Turkish, Bedouin, French, Ethiopian, Russian, Jewish, and non-Jewish soldiers continuously support. There, in the IDF, did I introspected and joined with my world family- a world family who chooses to stand up for the real underdog-The Jewish People. I served with great pride and joy knowing that we were not there to kill but to defend. The so called “freedom fighters of Palestine” have no qualms with attacking civilians, maiming children or mercilessly liquidating one of their own for any number of reasons. The vast majority of the Israeli combat soldiers are doing the simplest and kindest act that any human being could do:protect life, even if that means having to take life from those that see violence as their calling in this world. So you are a bit off on your assessment of what we American’s are doing over there in the IDF. But what can we expect from someone that sees the “world” through narrow lenses. Its obvious that you really have no clue what you are talking about the second you mentioned “perceived threats.”
      And when you say “perceived threats” are you referring to suicide bombers, snipers, gunmen, Molotov cocktail throwing teenagers, rock throwers, or rocket firing terrorists? Just in case you haven’t clued into reality…. None of these are “perceived”! They are all actual and they have been killing men women and children alike without discrimination for some time now-believe it or not-since before 67!You make us sound like bad people for wanting to have “an upper hand” while being surrounded by a culture of intolerant psychopaths! Are you suggesting that we give a people that have posters of suicide bombers in their kids bedrooms an army, navy and airforce comparable to Israel’s? Will that be fair for you and your “world family” then? It appears to me that you think we just want to pick on our neighbors, that we get good kicks and loads of fun out of being bullies. You think that the Jews are haters? What “Jewish populace spewing hatred” are you talking about? You think the few individuals that you have met in your lifetime can justify your collective labeling? How many Jews do you know who hate so much that they deliberately target and murder innocents? Start naming them! I served in the 2nd intifada. No one in my company would ever deliberatly kill an innocent. There is frustartion and anger, but hatred? What planet are you on? If that is what you believe then you are either just another Jew hater, demonizing perhaps the most dovish civilization this planet has seen for the last two thousand years or you are ignorant/misinformed to the world we are living in. Either way, something needs to change. When that happens maybe you will be the man of peace that you seem to think Stevie Wonder is.

      • Ariel I see you wrote a lot here and you didn’t insult me, Thanks, now always pray that you will be,and are written in “The Book of Life”, a Book that has already been written but is being written right this very second,,, with you Ariel, every second until,,,,,,when. “Corn rolls”. LOL, Thanks wouldn’t want to continue my ignorance

  • Stevie Wonder received more than 3000 letters from members of the anti-Israel, pro-terrorist International Solidarity Movement (ISM), in a well-organized campaign of canards against Israel. He is now very much misinformed about Israel. He shouldn’t have fallen for the lies of the ISM and other anti-Semites. Perhaps, when he knows the truth, he will be eager to sing on behalf of Israel. But until that happens, I sadly won’t be listening to his records anymore.

  • I wonder if Steviea Wonder’s music is even heard on any palestinian music station?

    I wonder if Steviea Wonder has ever listened to any palestinian pop music?

  • Well Said. Thanks Rolene.

  • African-Americans, previously known as blacks (from the old “black is beautiful”, a term that is not politically correct any longer), hate white Americans and, by extension, the Jewish community. There are endless examples ["Good damn America", etc. and etc.] that cannot and should not be easily discarded since they reveal the inconvenient truth the leftists would rather hide, claiming to be ‘racist’. Steve Wonder is a sad example of the anti-Israel and pro-Muslim posture that affects the anti-American segment of the U.S. black community.

    • Jayson…”Congratulations!” Your statement is, without a doubt, the single most stupid thing I have ever read.

      I am a white, Jewish American, and have NEVER experienced any racism or anti-semitism towards me by an African American. Not once, in 50+ years. (I live in Chicago, so you can’t say that I am never around African-Americans!). I have been the target of anti-semitic words and violence by (white) Catholics and “Christians” on several occasions though.

      Your generalization about African-Americans is blatantly racist, ignorant and abhorrant.

  • E Pluribus Beagle

    I hope he’s banned from Israel for life.

    • How truly stupid. He should think with your evil arrogant mind? Maybe You forget that no all blacks dance to your tune these days. Get over yourself.

  • Unfortunately sometimes blind people really cannot see.

    • Steveland Morris (Mr. Wonder’s real name) is just like most show biz folks, especially blacks, not only a Kool Aid drinker of LIBERALISM, but in his case, a “Tribal Voter.” I wonder what his stance would be if MLK were still alive. For that matter, I think if that were the case, Barack Obama would be someone unheard of today, as I think MLK would have outed the “anointed one” as the fascist Muslim that most of us know he is, let alone allow other blacks to elect him the president. Don’t today’s black Americans know that Dr. King was a conservative Republican who wanted them to think of themselves as Americans who happen to be black, rather than blacks who happen to be American? My opinion, but what do I know!!!!!!

    • Singing basically is a ‘selfish’ act of individual, personal interest, talent, a hobby of choice. Nothing to do with any cause if the singer choose to consciously, conscientiously.

    • That was my first thought – none so blind as will not see. What a shame that he has bought into this BS.

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