B.D.S. Movement

To the Editor of The New York Times:

Regarding your editorial opposing Israel’s latest anti-boycott law, the goal of the global Palestinian-led B.D.S. movement (boycott, divestment and sanctions) is not only to end the “occupation of the West Bank” (“Israel Says Dissenters Are Unwelcome,” March 9).

Since its inception in 2005 by the largest Palestinian grass-roots civil society coalition, B.D.S. has consistently called for ending Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; granting full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, who are discriminated against by dozens of laws; and recognizing the United Nations-stipulated right of Palestinian refugees to return to lands from which they were forcibly displaced during Israel’s establishment in 1948.

Inspired partly by the American civil rights movement, the inclusive B.D.S. movement enjoys growing support among Americans, including Jewish Americans. According to a December 2016 poll, nearly half of all Americans (46 percent), and 60 percent of Democrats, support sanctions against Israel to stop its illegal settlements on Palestinian land.

Palestinians and our supporters will not be deterred by this draconian Israeli law. We shall continue our nonviolent struggle for our rights, motivated by our love for freedom, justice and equality.

OMAR BARGHOUTI, ACRE, ISRAEL

The writer is a co-founder of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

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