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September 17, 2015 2:50 pm

European Jewish Groups Rail Against Reykjavic Decision to Boycott Israeli Goods

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Reykjavik, Iceland, where the city council adopted a boycott resolution against Israel. Photo: Wikipedia.

Reykjavik, Iceland, where the city council adopted a boycott resolution against Israel. Photo: Wikipedia.

European Jewish groups railed against the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik’s decision this week to adopt a boycott of Israeli goods, with many calling the move purely discriminatory.

European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said his group had “already sought advice,” indicating that on top of the boycott’s clear singling out of the Jewish state, “It might break international law and treaties,” as well.

“Once again we see one nation, over all others, subjected to a ban and boycott, and we would like to ask those that sought this boycott if it is a mere coincidence that this nation also happens to be only Jewish nation in the world,” he said, according to the U.K’s Jewish News.

Kantor also questioned supporters of the boycott who have said that other such initiatives will follow and be directed against various human rights-abusing nations. 

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“Many have stated that they will start with Israel and then explore other situations, and none have ever gone beyond Israel,” he said.

Moscow Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Orthodox Conference of European Rabbis, derided the Icelandic resolution for failing to account for Israeli tech innovation, which has in many cases become an inseparable part of everyday life in the West.

“If Reykjavik is serious about their ban, they need to shut down their computers and hand in their mobile phones, all of which work thanks to Israeli innovation that benefits every part of modern life,” said Goldschmidt in a statement to The Algemeiner. “As a democracy, the [Reykjavik] Council surely has a duty to ask their people if they would be willing to go without their cell phones in support of their leaders’ silliness. In reality, if the Reykjavik city council wanted real change in the Middle East, it would seek ways of constructive engagement to help on the ground, rather than a symbolic gesture which is nothing more than an affront to the Jewish community.”

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Anti-Defamation League called the boycott “counterproductive and frivolous,” warning the motion could strain ties with the U.S., which is largely pro-Israel across the board.

“The Reykjevik city council’s decision to boycott Israeli products is one of the most counter-productive boycotts we can recall.  The municipality itself has likely never bought any Israeli products, and all of Iceland only imported $6 million in Israeli goods last year. Yet, this decision will certainly harm Iceland’s reputation in the U.S., an overwhelmingly pro-Israel country, which imported almost $300 million of goods from Iceland in 2013,” said ADL Director of International Affairs Michael A. Salberg.

“Millions more were spent on tourism by the 150,000 Americans who visited Iceland last year. We imagine Iceland’s leading exporters of goods and services are the ones who will be most concerned about the potential consequences of the city council’s decision. With one frivolous decision, the Reykjevik city council has damaged Iceland’s expensive multi-year marketing campaign. While ADL does not support counter-boycotts, we imagine Iceland’s leading exporters of goods and services are more concerned than Israel about the consequences,” he said.

And in Israel, legal activist group Shurat Hadin-The Israel Law Center, which has targeted U.S. companies and organizations that have moved to boycott the Jewish state through litigation, said the Reykjavik boycott violated many of the country’s European and international trade agreements, “including the EFTA, OECD, WTO and the EEA.” In light of this, the group predicted the boycott would soon be “shut down.”

“The announced boycott by the unimportant city of  Reykjavik would by humorous if it wasn’t so pathetic and sad,” said a statement from Shurat Hadin-The Israel Law Center provided to The Algemeiner. “Iceland, which is still weathering the results of its own massive economic crisis, has no business trying to bring financial or political sanctions against anyone, much less against the only stable and democratic nation in the war torn Middle East. It seems they have learned nothing about free trade from their own near economic collapse. Like their soulmates the Palestinians they neither invent nor manufacture anything and do not play any role in the world economy. Iceland has in the past provided refuge to fugitive Nazi war criminals and is merely intent on blatantly impressing Muslim countries in its bid to become members of the U.N. Security Council. We challenge the city and the rest of Iceland too to really disconnect from Israeli technology and go back to living in the stone age. Israel needs to place an export embargo on Iceland and not allow any more of our technology to be sold there.”

The Iceland & Israel Friendship Connection called the move, which was adopted by the Reykjavik city council on Tuesday, “ridiculous” and a “farce,” adding that such initiatives actually do the opposite of what supporters hope to achieve.

“Any boycott that harms one side and drives a wedge between the two sides only serves to perpetuate a cycle of hate and mistrust. As a responsible objective party Iceland should adopt a message of reconciliation and economic cooperation. Win-win situations are the only solutions that will have positive long-term implications,” the group said in a statement sent to The Algemeiner. 

Reykjavik city councilman Kjartan Magnússon of the Independence Party in the opposition accused fellow lawmakers of hypocrisy, noting the absence of punitive measures against China over its ongoing occupation of Tibet.

The boycott itself, which was initiated by outgoing Social Democratic Alliance councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, calls for Reykjavik to cease purchases of Israeli goods as long as the “occupation of Palestinian territories,” ostensibly those captured by Israel during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, continues.

 

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  • Jack Holan

    As hard as it is to say this may present an opportunity. If we can say with a high degree of certainty that allTech Products or components originated by Israelis or Israeli Companiesthat give functionality to to the Tech Product be barred from end user purchaser use please or purchase if their Country boycotts Israel. I’m sure Shurathadin HaDin is working on something strong. Iceland can be made an example for the the next Country contemplating a Boycott.or Financial barrier. This can also serve to run BDS off the road.

  • fuck you jew

    Multiculturism — This is the Jewish vision for destroying the nation that hosts them. The vision consists of flooding society with immigrants from Third World Nations who have beliefs and customs contrary to Christianity. Jews tell us that Third World Immigrants are equal to the indiginous citizens. But Jews will never live in the same neighborhood as them.

  • Yale

    The total population of Iceland is less than half that of Jerusalem, and the country has few sources of outside income. These two factors suggest that Iceland be used as an example of what can happen to countries that align with the international campaign to promote anti-Semitism known as BDS.

    Jews, and friends of reality, should mount a campaign to boycott Iceland’s fish exports and to encourage travel promoters to stop assisting people who might want to go there. Iceland is far more vulnerable to these tactics than is Israel, and when they see the light of day, it may serve as an example to the wider European public.

  • ill will bet they would never boycott muslim products. everyone is so afraid to affend them.that will be there mistake. what is there real reaon.they make up stories how israel is so mean to arabs,but never in reverse. jews should boycott there country, i always liked iceland and there people.

  • Margalit

    Icelands go back to the ice age

  • Please note the persistence with which Europe wants to BREAK DOWN the “last wall” of defense against Islamic immigration.
    Of course, I mean the State of Israel.

    Joseph Rosen
    Author of ‘Why a Jew?’
    ISBN: 9781616672300

  • Talking about hypocrites, if you want to boycott, then you have to go all the way!!!
    STOP using any and all of the Israeli Jewish INNOVATIONS, including all of the innovations that came and are coming every day out of that great nation, in the fields like; electronics, health, cyber, irrigation, carbon monoxide filtering devices and many more on all daily walks of live INNOVATIONS.

  • Atilla

    No doubt the socialist morons in Reykjavic will open their country to the ” muslim ” invasion force, that is if they offer them enough benefits.

    That will work out real well, the vermin will out breed the natives in about a decade…………….

    • Caryl BERNER

      It is very interesting that you mention the refugees. How many have they accepted to date? This will be interesting to follow. Let’s see when other countries close their borders how many people Iceland will accept. I know I am taking Iceland off my bucket list. I’ll see the Northern Lights in Alaska.

  • Ephraim

    I am waiting for someone to compile a list of these nefarious organizations and governments. I do think a counter-boycott would be very beneficial in showing these bigots that their bigotry can cost them. As the article mentions, none of these so-called ‘humanitarian’ acts EVER go beyond Israel, the one and only Jewish nation on earth. Iran is conquering Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Is anyone boycotting them? Quite the contrary, they are being rewarded for their hateful genocidal, and vicious actions. Is anyone boycotting China over Tibet? How about Russia over Ukraine? Is ANYONE even talking about boycotts? No. It remains completely the only boycott movement on earth, and it is NOT a coincidence that the victim is ALWAYS the Jewish state.

  • No mention in the article of the fact that the First Lady of Iceland is an Israeli! Why are the people of Reykjavik so bigotted?

  • Computers, cell ‘phones, thumb drives, all medical innovations (including for heart patients & diabetics) & a blanket refusal to use Israel’s anti-radiationsickness medication … I don’t think Reykjavik has thought about this.

  • Felix

    It’s ok, Europe soon become another Islamic state, aND all of you will be killed or maimed or raped by all of the Muslims there, so when you decide to run away, remember your boycott…

    • sally green

      The Marxists issued their Communist Manifesto as far back as the middle of the 19th century, but it was another 50 years before they were able to have much of an impact on the Gentile world. As for the Zionists, they also began propagandizing and organizing about the middle of the 19th century and only became noticeable at the beginning of the 20th century, when they began having international Zionist congresses and more or less openly laying their plans to foment wars and revolutions, of which they could take advantage to promote Jewish interests.

      For example, at the Zionist Congress in 1897, in Basel, Switzerland, the Zionist leader Theodor Herzl told his fellow Jews that they were having trouble persuading the Turks, who at that time controlled Palestine, to turn the country over to them, but that the Jewish leaders had plans for getting around the Turks. And I should mention that Herzl’s address to the 1897 Zionist Congress has been published in a number of places, and any diligent researcher can dig up a copy. Herzl said:

      “It may be that Turkey will refuse us or will be unable to understand us. This will not discourage us. We will seek other means to accomplish our end. The Orient question is now a question of the day. Sooner or later it will bring about a conflict among the nations. The great European war must come. With my watch in hand do I await this terrible moment. After the great European war is ended the peace conference will assemble. We must be ready for that time.”

      Remember, Herzl was talking about the Jews’ plans 17 years before the outbreak of the First World War. But the Jews were ready when the time came. In 1916, with the war more or less stalemated, they approached Britain’s political leaders and made a deal to bring the United States into the war on the side of Britain in return for a British promise to take Palestine away from Turkey and turn it over to the Jews after the war. The British side of the deal was made public in the so-called Balfour Declaration. And the Zionists kept their end of the bargain by working through Jews close to the Democratic President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson. Wilson had won the election to his second term in the White House in 1916 by promising America’s voters that he would keep the United States out of the European war. But as soon as he took office in 1917 he began scheming to get the country into the war on the side of Britain, which, of course, he did two months later. That cost a couple of million additional Gentile lives, but it got Palestine for the Jews — and it also prolonged the war enough for the Jews in Russia to topple the czar and get their communist revolution off the ground.

  • steven L

    Ignorance is bliss and can be fatal. They want a taste of Sweden. Let them get IT! They know what is Judeo-Christianism. They want a taste of Islamism, then blame the Jews. This is the Palestinian M. O.

  • nelson marans

    Unfortunately Iceland is following a policy that can only be considered to be anti-semitic and one that is characteristic of other Nordic nations

  • HaroldT38

    Why don’t Jewish groups call it what it is – blatant anti-Semitism.
    I trust NO Jews will travel to Iceland.

  • RON MILLEN

    i guess ill be boycotting my travel plans to iceland. i hope others do the same, please!

  • Syrian refugees? Send them all to Iceland they deserve each other.

    • FUCK YOU DAVIES YOU FUCKING FAGGOT ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

      The push is on.

      With the Supreme Court Hearings last week on homosexual unions—and Obama’s own endorsement—Jews are at the forefront in promoting ‘gay’ marriage.

      Jewish leaders like billionaire’s Sheldon Adelson, Michael Bloomberg, and Marc Stern of the American Jewish Committee, have all come out in favor of what has traditionally been looked upon as sexual depravity.
      U DAVI
      Even Elena Kagan at the Supreme Court, yes, Jewish, an alleged lesbian at that, is reportedly known for “queerifying Harvard” when Dean of the Law School by introducing “transgender law courses”

      Two Jewish groups in particular: The Anti-Defamation League, together with the American Federation of Teachers, have been promoting the homosexual agenda in our public schools.

      Books like Daddy’s New Roommate, (Ken), Daddy’s Wedding, (Daddy marries Ken), King and King, are part of the ADL’s Early Learning Program, molding the minds of impressionable little children to accept and embrace deviant sexual acts.

      But Jews prefer sending their kids to private schools. It gives their children better standing for admittance to Ivy-League colleges and shields them from homosexual propaganda.

      Believe me, for I grew up as a Jew, for a Jewish son or daughter to announce to their parents that they are ‘gay’ is one of the worst things that could ever happen.

      You see, Jews look upon marriage for their own as sacrosanct, as paramount for the perpetuity of the Jewish race.

      [Clip: “I’m going to tell you the most important thing you have to remember, about all that I learned in the world this is it, no matter what happens you marry a Jewish girl.” [audience laughs] “That’s right, your mother was right. You marry a Jewish boy. There’s nothing more important in the whole than this. And there’s another reason you better marry a Jewish girl. So you mother doesn’t break both your legs.”]

      Indeed according to my own Jewish upbringing, there’s nothing ‘gay’ about two men having sex in each other’s rectums and two women using dildos to imitate the act of procreation.

      And we heard during the Sabbath Torah Readings the passage from Leviticus, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind, it is an abomination, saith the Lord.”

      Why then are Jews pushing gay marriage? It’s for the Goys, that’s why.

      I’ll never forget the day that a ‘gay’ movie came to Brookline Mass. with homosexual images plastered all over the marquee.

      As I stood across the street in disgust, a Hasidic rabbi came walking by.

      I pointed to the movie and said, “Isn’t it horrid that we’re assaulted with these lewd images and titles?”

      The rabbi laughed and scorned and said, “It’s for the Goys! Who cares!”

      You see, Jews have no special love for queens, transvestites, and cross-dressers. They look upon them as “dreck”…as repulsive.

      But to dismantle a Christian culture in America that opposes Jewry, that’s what the Jews are after.

      Homosexuality is for the Goys! But the Regime is for the Jews.

  • jonathan

    They need to stop buying computers because Intel is Israel’s largest exporter (and the chips are designed in part in Israel and in some cases actually made there). And they need to stop using a wide swath of advanced medical technology, etc.

  • I. Majers

    I think the nazi loving Björk Hitlersdóttir will have to surrender a computer and cell phone since the Israelis played a role in their development. Yeah, sure!

  • z

    Ignorant, idiotic, empty political posturing by intellectually bankrupt politicians. The people should quickly reverse this idiocy and send the politicians responsible to a permanent vacation in Gaza.

  • rbockman

    Iceland is a little stinking country of a couple hundred thousand, reeking of Nordic Jew hatred. What’s to worry.

  • Joseph Stein

    Ban Israeli Goods? Sponge Bob says “good luck with that.’
    Ok, then if your really serious about BDS than any computers in Reykjavik running the Windows XT operating system must be turned off tonight! This was developed in Israel. All current Microsoft operating systems are not to be used as Microsoft is heavily reliant on its Israel R&D geeks. Just don’t call them ‘geeks.’ They also know Krav Maga. Another Israeli invention.
    By the way Bjork do you using your mobile phone to yak on about BDS? Get rid of it quick!! Mobile phone technology was developed in Israel and the first mobile phones were manufactured guess where? Under no circumstances must anyone in Reykjavik send a text message every again. SMS (Texting) was developed in Israel and 4G must never be used as the chipset is Israeli.
    Now Iceland that your computers and mobile phones are swithed off you might be hungry. Do you like cherry tomatoes in your salads. No! You can’t have any ’cause you guessed it- developed in Israel.

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