With "Israel Apartheid Week" and the Christ at the Checkpoint conference being held recently, criticism of Israel is rife. You'd have to be love-blind to think that the state of Israel is above reproach, but is boycotting Israel the right way to bring about change where there is wrongdoing? What does constructive criticism of a nation look like?
There is a huge movement to boycott Israel by refusing to buy their products or support the country in any way, in order to express disapproval of the oppression of Palestinians. Musicians and celebrities are often under great pressure to keep Israel off their tour lists, and those that do visit Israel may be seen in a negative light after having given tacit approval to the pariah state. Many good people, believers and non-believers, want to do what they can for those in suffering, and to take a stand against oppression, but is boycotting Israel a good way to do it?