WASHINGTON — Stevie Wonder is calling off a concert for a group that raises money for the Israeli military.

Wonder had been scheduled to perform Dec. 6 for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which raises money for Israeli soldiers and their families.

Wonder said the United Nations recommended canceling his performance because he is an official "Messenger of Peace" for the organization. The United Nations overwhelmingly voted to recognize a Palestinian state on Thursday over vehement U.S. and Israeli objections as hopes for Mideast peace talks stalled.

Wonder said in a statement he was canceling with a heavy heart but that "I am and have always been against war, any war, anywhere."

Several petitions had called on Wonder to cancel the performance.

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  • RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

  • RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

  • RAMALLAH, WEST BANK - NOVEMBER 29: Palestinians celebrate in the streets on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah, the West Bank. The U.N. General Assembly today voted 138-9, with 41 abstentions, to upgrade the Palestinian Authority's status to non-member observer state. Among nations voting no were the U.S., Israel and Canada. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

  • A Palestinian youth plays with fireworks while Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York, before the body votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state, in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but success could exact a high price: delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel's vehement opposition.(AP Photo/Nasser Ishtayeh)

  • A Palestinian Christian youth hangs up the national flag on a cross as others pray at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, also know as the Church of the Ten Lepers, in the West Bank village of Burqin near the town of Jenin, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Palestinians celebrated the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

  • Filipino Jews carry placards as they march towards "Freedom Park" at the financial district of Makati city, east of Manila, Philippines, for a rally to express their solidarity with Israel in the quest for peace in the Middle East Friday Nov. 30, 2012. The "solidarity protest" was in response to the U.N. General Assembly voting to recognize the state of Palestine. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

  • Palestinian Christians light candles next to portraits of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, left, and President Mahmoud Abbas, right, at St. George Melkite Greek Catholic Church, also know as the Church of the Ten Lepers, in the West Bank village of Burqin near the town of Jenin, Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. Palestinians celebrated the U.N. General Assembly votes on a resolution to upgrade the status of the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)

  • Indonesian youths rally in support of Palestine outside the building housing the UN office in Jakarta on November 30, 2012. The protests came after the UN General Assembly on November 29 overwhelmingly voted to make Palestine a non-member state, inflicting a major diplomatic defeat on the US and Israel. (ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 29, 2012 after the General Assembly voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, giving a major diplomatic triumph to president Mahmud Abbas despite fierce opposition from the United States and Israel. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Palestinians celebrate in the West Bank city of Ramallah on November 29, 2012 after the General Assembly voted to recognise Palestine as a non-member state. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, giving a major diplomatic triumph to president Mahmud Abbas despite fierce opposition from the United States and Israel. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Palestinians watch on a giant screen Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaking at the UN on November 29, 2012 in Ramallah. The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, giving a major diplomatic triumph to president Mahmud Abbas despite fierce opposition from the United States and Israel. (ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Palestinian man carrying his son on his shoulders wave his national flag as he celebrates in Gaza City early on November 30, 2012, after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade them to a non-member state observer. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, triggering scenes of joy on the streets of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In a major defeat for the United States and Israel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas won what he called a 'birth certificate' for a Palestinian state, with the backing of 138 countries in the 193 member assembly. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A Palestinian celebrates in Gaza City early on November 30, 2012, after the UN General Assembly voted to upgrade them to a non-member state observer. The UN General Assembly on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to recognize Palestine as a non-member state, triggering scenes of joy on the streets of the Israeli-occupied West Bank. In a major defeat for the United States and Israel, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas won what he called a 'birth certificate' for a Palestinian state, with the backing of 138 countries in the 193 member assembly. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)