Letters to the Editor

LGBT and Hamas

I’m dumfounded by my brothers and sisters of the LGBT family who lend their voices to the horrific terrorist regime that is Hamas.

Following a recent vote by the Presbyterian church to divest in three U.S. companies supplying Israel with equipment used in the West Bank, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded with an invitation to those organizations.

He encouraged them to take a bus tour of Israel — the only democracy in the region — and then continue to Libya, Syria and Iraq. He included two pieces of advice for the latter portion of the visit: use an armor-plated bus and hide your Christian identity.

For any LGBT community members who sympathize with Hamas, I’d make a similar bus-tour offer.

In a 2011 Hamas Al-Aksa TV interview, Syrian academic Muhammad Rateb al-Nabulsi described homosexuality as a filthy practice deserving of the death penalty.

Hamas co-founder Mahmoud Zahar has said, “You in the West do not live like human beings. You accept homosexuality. And now you criticize us?”

By contrast, Israel has a proud history of LGBT community support. In 1994, the year of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, Israel Defense Forces banned discrimination against sexual minorities.

Homosexuals serve openly in the military and are allowed to adopt. Foreign same-sex marriages are recognized in Israel. A 2012 survey by American Airlines and GayCities.com named Tel Aviv the world’s best gay city.

Cantor Mark Goldman, co-spiritual leader of Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El, Plantation