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April 3, 2012

Israel and the LGBT panel: Shunning dialogue insults democracy

By, Rob Jacobs
April 3, 2012

SILENCING people “in the name of peace” is an insult to democratic values. But that’s what Stefanie Fox, a leader of Jewish Voice for Peace, promulgated when she argued in support of the Seattle LGBT Commission’s abrupt and impolitic decision to cancel a planned meeting with leaders of Israel’s three largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations. [“Sponsors weren’t here for open dialogue,” Opinion, March 27.]

It was a decision many city leaders immediately and publicly regretted and repudiated.

Fox argued the cancellation was appropriate because my organization, StandWithUs, helped organize the Israeli delegation’s visit.

Israel and the LGBT panel: Shunning dialogue insults democracy.