A demonstration in Berlin supporting Palestine in 2014. (Stefanie Loos/Reuters)

In the Oct. 24 Metro article "Hogan signs order prohibiting state business with firms that boycott Israel," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) was allowed to gloss over the "why" behind the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and dismiss this growing campaign as merely "discrimination."

Nowhere did the article mention the Israeli occupation or the proliferation of Israeli settlements, two of the main reasons that individuals and companies participate in BDS. That is akin to talking about divestment from South Africa without ever mentioning the word "apartheid." 

BDS began as a nonviolent movement by civil society in response to governments that refused to take a stand against injustices and uphold international law. Hogan demonstrated that caving in to special interests sadly remains the political norm.

Susan Kerin, Derwood