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Iceland’s Capital Votes to Adopt Boycott of Israeli Products

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Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, voted to adopt a boycott of Israeli goods. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, voted to adopt a boycott of Israeli goods. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik has voted to adopt a boycott of Israeli products, the Iceland Magazine reported on Wednesday, handing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists another victory in the battle to isolate Israel economically.

The motion, put forward by retiring Social Democratic Alliance councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, was adopted following a city council vote on Tuesday, the second day of the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah, according to the report. It was Vilhelmsdóttir’s last initiative before retiring.

The memorandum calls on Reykjavik to suspend purchases of any goods manufactured in Israel, “as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues,” according to the report.

An explanation provided with the memorandum calls the boycott a symbolic act showing solidarity with Palestinian rights and opposing the “Israeli policy of apartheid” against Palestinians, according to the report.

While the initiative singles out Israel for human rights abuses worthy of a boycott, Sóley Tómasdóttir of the Left Green Alliance said the council could adopt other boycotts against additional states it deems guilty of human rights abuses.

A local attorney argued that the move was illegal, saying it amounted to discrimination. Similar efforts by some groups in the U.S. to adopt an Israel boycott have been met with lawsuits and threats of litigation by critics who say a boycott of Israel illegally discriminates against individuals and companies based on nationality.

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  • We are Icelandic people that are ashamed of the city councils prejudice descision. We stand eith Israel against hate and anti-semetism. We represent lava of love:)
    Here is our Facebook page that shows our support og Israel! Shalom:)

  • Billy

    Some very mean comments on this thread. It does not do Israel any favors to attack Icelanders or anyone else so viciously. It’s only a boycott of products. The IDF and a lot of Jewish people do appear to have de-valued Palestinians as less than Human. Whether true or not this is picture presented. Instead of Israel rejecting all criticism and dismissing it as anti-Semitic. Perhaps Israel should try love, compassion, kindness. All living creatures respond better to these emotions. Or just keep trying the other way with bombs, bullets, and brutality. But don’t expect the rest of the world to condone it. Because the only way that way works is complete genocide.
    Best wishes.

  • carlene cochran

    News Flash Iceland: kaboom! You just chose the wrong team but have shown the world who you really are. If you are so worried about those poor wretched oppressed Palestinians I’m sure they’d jump at the chance to catch a boat and head up your way to your Country. Put your money where you mouth is and instead of boycotting go get em and get em out of Israeli land you could solve the whole Middle East Crisis and take ISIS with you while you’re at it. I’m sure Israel would be happy to send warm coats and thermal wear free just to get them out.

  • ephman

    On that note they should also boycott every product from China… Tibet has been occupied since the 50’s. While they are at it every middle east oil producing country as well have terrible human rights records. Björk Vilhelmsdóttir didn’t really think this out well. Sounds like a move out of hate then finding a solution.

  • Max

    I encourage you to spend zero money on tourism to Iceland and/or zero on purchasing any goods and services from Iceland and tell them you will be doing so by sending letters stating as much to the Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economy— and tell them that you, your families and friends, and your companies and colleagues stand with Israel, and that you will be encouraging others in Canada and the US to do the same until the Icelanders rescind their completely racist BDS decision (mention and remind them that Israel is the only free democracy with a complete array of equal rights for all citizens out of all the countries in the Middle East, and that these companies and factories provide employment and living to both Israelis and Palestinians ) :

  • Eric R.

    Can Israeli missiles reach Rejkyavik?

    If so, go all Samson Option on them.

  • k

    I am hoping there is a nuclear attack against Iceland in the near future with this Björk Vilhelmsdóttir being the person who it is dropped on

  • Paul Grad

    Let’s institute a complete boycott of all Icelandic products now, and keep up that boycott for ten years past any renunciation of Reykavik’s boycott of Israeli products. We must also stop any US taxpayer funds being spent on the defense of Iceland through NATO. Let’s boycott racists into poverty!

    • Mike Bing

      I’d agree. Turn the boycott on the boycotters. Not a penny of my money will be spent on vacations in that country, investment in its banks or other funds or support of any of its cultural exchanges.

      I’ve long held that a reverse boycott, if applied stringently is the only proper answer that will get through to these people. I’ve been doing the same with artists refusing to perform in Israel, supermarkets bowing to BDS and similar occurrences of BDS adherence.

      Reykjavik: stricken off my list of potential destinations.

    • Max

      I completely agree with you! Thank you. Max from Canada

    • Hillel

      Excellent suggestion.