Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men take pictures near a roadblock on which graffiti reads “boycott Israel” in a Palestinian neighborhood in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on Aug. 14. (Hazem Bader/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

I regret very much that Molly Harris, who is beginning her third year at McGill University, has experienced anti-Semitism among some of her student colleagues [“So you’re a Jew and you’re starting college? Prepare for anti-Zionism,” Religion, Aug. 27]. Anti-Semitism anywhere should be condemned. But she is mistaken if she means to imply that the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic. The goal of BDS is to end the 48-year Israeli occupation of Palestinian land, including the ever-expanding illegal Jewish settlements, and to recognize the Palestinian refugees’ right of return.

The bottom line that people everywhere are beginning to recognize is that there can be no lasting peace for Israel without social justice for Palestinians.

Bud Hensgen, Arlington

The writer is a member of the Committee for
Peace and Justice for Israel and Palestine.