Many people will no doubt have seen or read President Obama’s speech at the AIPAC policy conference Sunday, during which he stated unequivocally:

“When there are efforts to boycott or divest from Israel, we will stand against them.”

More significant in many ways is the following statement by Sr. Ruth Lautt, Executive Director of Christians for Fair Witness in the Middle East, as reported by Marketwatch:

“Boycotts and divestment against Israel will accomplish nothing (…) Peacemakers will look beyond singling out either Israel or the Palestinians for punitive measures and help them find equitable solutions and an end to the conflict.”

Amen to that.