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Letter: Hamas doesn’t have the will or the vision to seek peace

Hamas doesn’t have the will or the vision to seek peace

The New York Times article in the April 4 paper refers to the executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Palestinian Rights “likening attempts to cross Israel’s fence to … the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.”

Hamas is not a civil rights organization seeking rights like the leaders in Selma, including Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Bunche. King and Bunche gave mankind vision and hope for equal rights for all.

Hamas is not a proponent of rights for all religions or equal rights and opportunity for men as well as women.

Hamas does not permit freedom of artistic expression or journalism. Hamas does not tolerate gay people. Hamas can’t be compared to the civil rights movement in the United States.

Violent Hamas sends armed men to the border fence. What does any country do in the same situation? Non-violent Gazans stay away from the border fence.

Earlier in his career, Bunche was the negotiator of the armistice agreements between Israel and its four Arab neighbors in 1949, for which he earned the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950.

Israel signed peace agreements with two previous enemies. Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton tried to make progress, but were – in practice – rebuffed by Palestinian leaders.

A modern Ralph Bunche will have Israelis ready to sign an agreement. Palestinians must empower a leader with a vision for freedom, prosperity and peace. Hamas does not have the will or the vision at this time. We all hope for a change.

David Schiller

Williamsville

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