Is Israel Shutting the Door on Skeptics?

We support efforts to combat the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement that seeks to undermine Israel’s legitimacy. But the anti-BDS bill that Israel’s Knesset adopted on March 6 will neither halt nor diminish BDS activities, and will not make Israel more secure. All it will really accomplish is to make Israel a less welcoming… Read More

‘Joyous’ Story, But …

I loved the JT’s joyous March 3 cover story (“Hamantaschen Time”) featuring hamantashen around town and critiquing those of various bakeries. I myself pioneered homemade chocolate fillings for my family long before they did, though, and was happy when they caught onto the treats. It would have been helpful, however, if you had mentioned which… Read More

Boycotts Fight Oppression

By calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, the Palestinians living under Israeli occupation have chosen a nonviolent way to resist the ongoing dispossession of their land and other natural resources and the brutal military occupation imposed on them by Israel’s apartheid regime (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10). Boycotts are a time-honored and legitimate… Read More

Smear Campaign

I was surprised that the advocates of a bill to blacklist supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions didn’t say anything to defend Israel’s denial of Palestinian human rights (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10). But they did take the time to baselessly smear Jewish BDS supporters as hypocrites. Is it possible that Del. Ben Kramer… Read More

A Return to McCarthyism

There are a number of serious problems with the anti-BDS bill (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10). The bill is designed to coerce Marylanders and create fear right here in Maryland. A company or individual that cooperates with a boycott of products from “Israeli-controlled territories” — meaning settlements in the West Bank or East Jerusalem —… Read More

Morhaim: Principled Delegate

I am distressed by the unfair, overly punitive way that Del. Dan Morhaim (D-District 11, Baltimore County) has been dealt with by the House of Delegates and the governor, related to an incident with a questionable “appearance” (“Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue,” March 10). The medical marijuana legislation was crafted long before the incident in… Read More

In Difficult Time, ‘I Stand with Pride’

I am responding to the JT’s March 10 article “Morhaim Reprimanded for Ethics Issue” to provide further information. There are two standards in Maryland ethics law that could apply to my circumstance. The first deals with proper disclosure, and the second concerns actions that could lead to gain for a specific entity or person. I… Read More

Debate, Don’t Avoid

The so-called “anti-BDS bill” (“An Impassioned Debate,” March 10) would create a blacklist of individuals, companies and other groups that support BDS. This McCarthyist bill is an attempt to chill speech and dissent on this issue. Individuals and companies that don’t do business in settlements or with Israel would be punished. Similarly, the Israeli Knesset… Read More

The BDS Hubbub

Freedom of speech. It’s a right so engrained in our psyche as Americans that we react viscerally to most attempts to curtail it. But all speech is not free. As Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. observed in 1919: You can’t falsely yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater. As a society, while we jealously… Read More