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March 21, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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Seattle LGBT Commission refuses meeting with Israeli gay leaders

Boycotting a government, not people

Many people are upset that the Seattle LGBT Commission canceled its meeting with its Israeli counterpart. [“Gay leaders from Israel snubbed by gay panel,” NWSaturday, March 17.]

Readers suggested that not all Israelis were bad people and that it wasn’t fair to target these people based on the actions of their government.

While this might be true, I’m pretty sure there were many nice Afrikaners living in South Africa who had nothing to do with apartheid, but we still boycotted them. I’m also sure there are plenty of nice Iranians who have nothing to do with the Ayatollah regime, but we are going to bring them to their knees with the kind of economic sanctions that crippled Iraq.

So while there are plenty of nice Israelis who do not deserve to be treated this way, the conflict has been going on for far too long, and honestly needs to end.

— Russ Crandall, Seattle

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