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State shouldn't do business with those who boycott Israel

Saqib Ali, a former Maryland state representative, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Gov. Larry Hogan and Attorney General Brian Frosh, taking aim at an executive order denying government contracts to businesses that boycott Israel. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun video)

Gov. Larry Hogan is a highly thoughtful, very skilled chief executive for our state and its interests. He has done and continues to do an excellent job managing our state with reason and integrity. This accounts for his overwhelming bipartisan popularity and allowed him a rare two-term victory as a Republican in a hugely Democratic state.

He thinks globally and acts locally, and reasoned that his executive order (“Maryland man sues Hogan, Frosh for executive order forbidding contracts with those who boycott Israel,” Jan. 10) is an appropriate action to counter the ill-conceived Boycott, Divesture and Sanctions Movement (“Hogan executive order regarding Israel only applies to business with the state,” Jan. 24). He fully understands the highly charged geopolitical issue that is Palestinian question. They have been the political pawns in the human and power struggle between Israelis and Arabs since 1948. The Arab leaders of the refugees as well as the numerous Arab nations have subjugated and ill-advised them for 72 years. Had this been such a humanitarian crisis, then instead of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees developing programs to maintain their refugee status; they would have worked closely with their Arab brethren to absorb and save them for resettlement in any number of host Arab nations — much like Israel has done with Jews worldwide.

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The governor understands the controversial Boycott, Divesture and Sanctions Movement for the hypocritical and prejudicial premise it addresses. True human rights violators like Turkey, Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia, etc. are not subjected to the specious reasons for their own sanctions movement because theirs are not Jewish states, their violations are real and far worse than the alleged Israeli transgressions. In addition, Israel has a legendary and well-deserved reputation for aiding in truly emergency and humanitarian efforts for friends and enemies, the latest of which is the ongoing rescue effort in Brazil due to the dam collapse where a 100-member task force is functioning.

Bravo to Israel and Governor Hogan — the former a light unto the world, the latter a beacon of light for our state. We are blessed to have both in our midst.

Charles Chaban, Towson

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