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    Singling out Israel smacks of desire to deny Jews a homeland

    It was with disgust that I read of Stephen Hawking’s decision to boycott a conference in Israel. Thousands of black Africans, including Christians, are slaves to Muslims in Mauritania, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere, but there appear to be no calls for a boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement against them. The way I see it, there is only one reason to single out Israel, and it is the desire to deny the Jewish people a homeland. The outrageous resolution for a comprehensive boycott is opposed by anyone interested in an independent Palestinian state living in peace and security alongside Israel.

    With Islamist clans ripping each other apart throughout the Middle East, settlements are a minor impediment in the region. The intractable problem is Islamic rejection of Jews, Christians, Hindus, and others throughout the world and the so-called useful idiots, like Hawking, who pacify them.

    Len Bennett

    Deerfield Beach, Fla.