A few points: I am not a BDS advocate, but at the same time one should not be forced to eat pork if one keeps Kosher. For many people the Occupation is not kosher, it is like pork or shrimp or a cheese burger... In that respect I am not in favor of avoiding all food just to make sure one eats only kosher, but the pork in Israel is readily apparent and growing: The so called University Center in the settlement of Ariel - What about that? Are Europeans allowed to avoid associating with it? Can European Universities or Journals for instance, refuse to accept its graduates or publish its academics and do so because they see it as academically non kosher/treif because it is in Occupied Territory and furthers the Occupation while at the same time maintaining normal ties with universities and colleges inside of Israel proper? What is democratic, BTW, about Ariel? Do you support Israeli academics and thespians who refuse to play in its "cultural center" or be involved in the "university center"? What about a Marathon that runs into East Jerusalem? Are we allowed to oppose it and demand that the route be changed (not canceled) so that it just runs in West Jerusalem? Would you support such a call? Are we allowed to ask its economic sponsors to demand such actions? What is allowed?
U.S. says working on initiative to de-escalate Syria fighting, with focus on Aleppo (Reuters)
from the article: One doesn't boycott the only free society in the Mideast