In his comment here, Mr. Hill claims that the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) movement originated by Palestinians is “illiberal and eliminationist,” and he wonders if it’s anything other than “a network of intimidation and surveillance aimed at silencing and punishing.”

BDS is a civil, nonviolent method to end some of the most severe violations of human rights in history. Such a movement helped to successfully bring down the apartheid system in South Africa, and hopefully it can lead to similar results in Israel.

What amazes me is that most everyone condemns the violent efforts that Hamas and other Palestinians make in their resistance to Israel, but even when they propose rational, nonviolent, and peaceful methods, they are also severely criticized.

Tom Tonon *71
Princeton Junction, N.J.