Iceland’s capital bans all goods from Jewish State 

 

In support of Palestinian claims of Israel’s ‘racist apartheid policies,’ Reykjavik city council has passed a resolution boycotting all Israeli-made products.

By Itamar Eichner

 

The city council of Icelandic capital Reykjavik has passed a resolution banning all Israeli-made products in protest of policy in the Palestinian territories.

The resolution was proposed by Councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, who mentioned that she intends to spend the rest of the year doing humanitarian work in the Palestinian territories.

The city of Reykjavik. – Photo: Getty Image Bank Israel

The resolution appears to be purely symbolic, since it didn’t mention specific companies or products, and it’s not clear if the Reykjavik municipal authorities have even had any business ties to Israeli companies –  or if they’ve been purchasing Israeli products – so far.

The party that proposed the resolution, the Social Democratic Alliance, has a majority in the city council, but not in the Icelandic parliament. The city council has in the past adopted a resolution acknowledging the rights of the Palestinians to independence and a sovereign country of their own. It has criticized what it calls the Israeli government’s “racist apartheid policy”.

Councilwoman Vilhelmsdóttir said on the matter, “I believe that the city is sending a clear message that it will not purchase products from Israel while Israel oppresses another people on the basis of ethnicity and race, and continues having the wall inside Palestine.”

Leader of the Independence Party in the city council, Halldór Halldórsson, was skeptical as to the effectiveness of the resolution and explained why his party chose to oppose it, saying, “free trade is the best way to ensure peace. We should build bridges between people, and business is one of the best connections that exist.”

City Council President and Bright Future Party Chairman Björn Blöndal said that the resolution was merely symbolic. According to him, it’s a “peaceful way to protest injustice.”

Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon said in response, “A volcano of hatred is erupting out of the city council building in Reykjavik. Without any reason or justification, other than pure hatred, we hear calls to boycott Israel. We hope someone in Iceland comes to their senses and stops the blindness and the one-sidedness that is directed at Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Former Icelandic Foreign Minister Ossur Skarpheoinsson. – Photo: Johannes Jansson

In general, Iceland is considered very critical of Israel. During 2011’s Operation Pillar of Cloud, the country’s interior minister, Ögmundur Jónasson, headed a 1,000-person protest in front of the US embassy in Reykjavik, as Israel doesn’t have an embassy in Iceland. The protesters waved “blood-soaked” Israeli flags and the minister accused Israel of performing a holocaust on the Palestinian people.

Iceland’s former foreign minister, Össur Skarphéðinsson, has also condemned Israel in the past, saying his country would consider cutting diplomatic ties with Jerusalem. In the end it was decided to keep the ties intact, and Skarphéðinsson explained that Iceland also still had diplomatic relationships with Iran, Syria, Sudan, and North Korea.

Iceland was a supporter of the UN resolution to upgrade Palestine to the status of a non-member observer state.

 

View original Ynet publication at:
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4701022,00.html

4 comments

  1. Carol Hull Holden says:

    These people are insane. I bet they will not be boycotting Israeli Tech and Medical inventions from Israel. They make me sick with their Anti- Israeli bias.

  2. Amos Fabian says:

    I sent the following to the mayor of Reykjavik (borgarstjori@reykjavik.is):

    It has come to my attention that the Reykjavik City Council has decided to Boycott Israeli products.

    Good for you, for sticking up to your beliefs (Syrians and Iranians are laughing their heads off). Let me help your cause and let you know what additional Israeli-related products you should boycott, to feel good and not to be hypocritical (partial list):

    anti-virus software and personal firewalls
    mobile phone chip technology
    voice-mail system
    Video On Demand
    e-books
    No agricultural products from the following areas must be consumed as they use water irrigation and agricultural technology provided directly from Israel: most of Africa, China, India, Indonesia (a Muslim country), Nepal.
    Israeli researchers are in the forefront of finding a cure, or inventing a drug, against cancer, AIDS, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s. Epilepsy and more.

    Dying or suffering from these diseases might be an unfortunate side effect of the boycott, but you will be able to feel proud that you stuck with your principles.

    I commend you for taking such a courageous stand.
    Amos

  3. Iceland is such a noble country that around
    15,000 households in Reykjavik have offered to open up their homes to Syrian refugees, however when some Jewish refugees escaping Nash persecution in the 1930s tried to seek refuge in Iceland they were refusedoing entry and turned away.
    So much for the current generocity of Iceland towards Arabs and others, so long as they aren’t Jews.

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