The city of Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, banned not just the products made in the OTs, but ALL Israeli products. Oy, those are cold people! Councilwoman Vilhelmsdóttir said, “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.”
So one-sided, isn’t it? So without context. What about the 6 million Jews who perished in the Holocaust?
The same person, Councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, said that she intends to spend the rest of the year doing humanitarian work in the Palestinian territories. Doesn’t that smack of radicalization and perhaps something worse, I won’t say what, but it begins with “anti” and ends with “emitism.”?
Thankfully, as reports ynet, the party that proposed the resolution and has a majority in the city council, the Social Democratic Alliance, does not have a majority in the Icelandic parliament. While it is true that 64% of icelanders live in the capital there are, well, 36% who don’t. So it is not as if all of Iceland is boycotting Israel.
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”.
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.”