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The Gazette’s report, “Kramer bill puts reins on college memberships,” has mentioned a legal precedent involving environmental law. Let’s look further back in history to a more compelling precedent, namely the anti-apartheid movement, which included academic boycotts targeting South African institutions.

Let’s remember that moral issues are involved here, not merely political ones. In fact, one might ask why the state of Maryland has committed itself to a Declaration of Cooperation with a country that violates the Fourth Geneva Convention by building settlements, mocks Secretary Kerry, and maintains an oppressive occupation of Palestinian territories, displaying indifference toward human rights.

If Israel would end this immoral occupation, the boycotts would end.

Carole C. Burnett, Silver Spring