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Sunday, May 11, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

I want to thank the VND and Trib Total Media for running the paid advertisement from FLAME (Facts and Logic About the Middle East) in the April 28 edition.

This ad, titled “The truth about the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement,” pointed out the unfairness of those who oppose Israel with those tactics.

Why should teachers union investments and all American investments be removed from Israel, even if those investments turn out to be slightly below market averages? Investment in our friend, Israel, is a very good cause, and Americans should know that.

Some BDS supporters have shamefully argued that the boycott is to respond to the 50-plus years of economic and military occupation forced upon the Palestinians. Are we to believe that?

These radical groups want America to believe they are only interested in the “deconstruction” of the land of Israel. They insist they have never called for the destruction of Israel, but rather its deconstruction. They explain that the deconstruction, as they see it, would result in a land where all people could live together in peace, freedom and equality. Are we to believe that?

Keep up the good work, VND, TTM and FLAME.

Gary Pallone

New Kensington

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