Palestinians walk past a sign painted on a wall in the West Bank town of Bethlehem in 2015. (Thomas Coex/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)

Despite what Bud Hensgen claimed in his Aug. 31 letter, “BDS is not anti-Semitic,” the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement applies a double standard to Israel, the only state for the Jews. Hence, it is anti-Semitic.

Do BDS advocates call for cultural and economic boycotts of the Arab world for its treatment of women, gay men and lesbians, apostates, and religious minorities? Or China for its suppression of free speech and dissidents?

BDS asks that Israel grant the Palestinians a “right of return,” but does it ask for the right of return for Syrians, Iraqis, Libyans, Yemenis, Somalis, Vietnamese and others who fled their homelands due to conflict?

Do proponents of BDS insert themselves into the other active land disputes occurring in the world, including in Crimea, Northern Cyprus, the Caucasus, Tibet, Kashmir and Kurdistan?

Why the obsession with Israel?

Steve Postal, Arlington