Dozens of American academics and political commentators have signed an open letter calling "For an Economic Boycott and Political Nonrecognition of the Israeli Settlements in the Occupied Territories." The letter was recently featured in The New York Review of Books ahead of the publication's October 13 issue.The petition stated that although those who signed it oppose boycott of any kind inside Israel's 1967 borders, they do believe in "targeted boycott of all goods and services from all Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, and any investments that promote the Occupation."They also called for the exclusion of settlements from US trade benefits and tax exemptions. Noted signatories of the petition included American journalist Peter Beinart and Jerusalem/US-based Hebrew University adjunct professor Bernard Avishai. "It is our hope that targeted boycotts and changes in American policy, limited to the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories, will encourage all parties to negotiate a two-state solution to this long-standing conflict," the letter concluded. The open letter was signed by more than 70 people and encouraged others to sign as well.