State Bill Ill-Conceived

Israel’s policies toward its Palestinian residents is nothing short of outright racism (“Jewish Organizations Face Off,” Feb. 28). It humiliates men, women and children at checkpoints; its civilians beat, shoot and kill civilians; it steals their land to make room for those making Aliyah and all along screams “anti-Semitism” anytime people of conscience, Jews and non-Jews, challenge these practices.

The anti-boycott bill in the Maryland Senate will punish higher academic institutions that support a singular academic association — the American Studies Association — that showed courage by resolving to boycott Israel because it continually persecutes Palestinian scholars.

This bill should not be brought up even for a vote. It condones racism.

Miles Hoenig

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