I believe Israel has a right to exist and its people to be secure within internationally acceptable borders But it is illegally occupying Palestinian territories and illegally infringing severely the international human rights of the majority of Palestinian people and has been for the last 40 years. This is unacceptable. The people of Gaza and the West bank are human beings with as much right to live and flourish on earth as the citizens of Israel. As the occupying power Israel bears a major part of the responsibility for finding a just solution to this conflict. Both sides will have to make compromises over their current demands, but there can be no compromise about the need for an end to injustice. Just as the South African state would not move on the issue of apartheid without concerted international economic and cultural pressure so I believe Israel will not either. So I support the boycott of Israeli goods and the academic boycott. This article on the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign website expresses a valid view I believe though in stronger language than I would use – but then I have the security of citizenship in a strong powerful and secure state.