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Boycotters seek to hurt Israel

On the eve of Israel's 67th Independence Day, it was particularly disturbing to read Yousef Munayyer's defense of the pernicious movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel ("Cardin, don't tie U.S. hands for Israel," April 21). Although Mr. Munayyer presents BDS as a legitimate method of effectuating peaceful change, in reality, the BDS campaign employs lies and half-truths in order to demonize and de-legitimize the Jewish state with the ultimate goal being the end of Israel itself.

This explains Mr. Munayyer's denunciation of Israel's "half century-long occupation," although 50 years ago, Israel did not occupy Gaza, the West Bank or the Golan Heights. For BDS supporters, any Jewish state — regardless of its size and borders — represents an "occupation" and "colonial expansion." This also explains why BDS advocates like Mr. Munayyer's own "U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation" support the Palestinian "right of return," a code word for overwhelming Israel with millions of Arab refugees.

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The U.S.-Israel Trade Enhancement Act establishes a clear U.S. policy of opposing BDS as detrimental to global trade and regional peace and stability, and for that, it deserves the support of Congress and of all who look forward to many more years of celebrating Israel's independence.

Jay Bernstein, Baltimore

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