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January 5, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Seattle peace protest

Legitimacy first

Your Jan. 4 article by Emily Heffter was misleadingly headlined, “Seattle protesters march for peace” [News, Jan. 4], but it should have said “Seattle rally supports Hamas.” None of the quoted protesters seemed to care that Hamas backed out of peace negotiations and has consistently provoked Israel, whose very existence and legitimacy it denies.

Those of us who desperately want peace know that acknowledging one’s enemy as a legitimate entity is the first step. Israel wants peace and is willing to negotiate with Hamas, but it doesn’t have a partner in the process. Marching for peace is not synonymous with criticizing Israel. Let’s get the record straight.

— Mindy Stern, Mercer Island

The right to defend itself

Your report on the Westlake Park demonstration on behalf of “peace” in Gaza is at once depressing and encouraging.

Depressing because 500 people support the inalienable right of genocidal Islamicist fanatics daily to fire rockets and mortar shells at Israeli civilians with impunity.

Encouraging because nearly every demonstrator interviewed by your reporter is either a Muslim or a Jew, that is, a resident of some demographically tiny island amid the vast sea of Americans who, according to most opinion polls, support Israel’s right to defend itself from Iranian-sponsored savagery.

— Edward Alexander, Seattle

The lone city

The demonstration of support for Hamas and the Palestinian people makes Seattle the only city in the U.S. that has shown its disdain for Israel and its effort to protect its existence on this planet.

People in our city are demonstrating against Israel, our ally and a country that is fighting a terrorist group whose only goal is to annihilate the nation of Israel, with no regard for the Palestinian people whom they willingly sacrifice along the way.

It makes Seattle a very disappointing place to live.

— Madeleine Eddy, Mercer Island

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