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Boycott movement only focuses on one side of the story

Commentator Yousef Munayyer's criticism of Israel conveniently alters the historical narrative of the so-called "peace process" in a way that has become all too commonplace among those who choose to focus on only part of the story ("Cardin, don't tie U.S. hands for Israel," April 21).

A decade ago, then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon forcibly removed every last Jew from the Gaza Strip. His aim was to show the world how much Israelis wanted peace and to demonstrate how far Israel would go to achieve peace.

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Mr. Sharon believed that if things didn't work out after such a dramatic gesture the world could no longer blame Israel for the failure of the process. Moreover, in succeeding negotiations Israel offered the Palestinians more than 90 percent of what they were asking for.

We all know how that worked out. An agricultural infrastructure left to the Palestinians, worth billions of dollars, was totally destroyed. Synagogues and religious sites were blown up. Thousands of rockets from Gaza were unleashed against Israeli civilian populations.

Yet Mr. Munayyer feels that Israel is still somehow at fault. Maybe he can explain what concessions the Palestinians have made to Israel during all this time?

If Munayyer wants to really participate in BDS, he shouldn't be hypocritical about it in any way. He should give up the computer on which he typed his letter since the chip was probably created in Israel.

While he's at it, he should also give up his mobile phone, voice mail, instant messaging or video on demand, to name just a few. All of them were developed to some extent in Israel.

And he shouldn't forget medications either, as a fair amount of prescription drugs come from Israel as well.

Michael Langbaum, Baltimore

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