Iceland’s capital city votes to boycott all Israeli products

Reykjavik, Iceland. Credit: Andreas Tille via Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, voted to boycott all products made in Israel.

According to a symbolic bill passed in a majority vote by the municipality, the city will not purchase any products manufactured in Israel, whether within or beyond the 1967 lines, “as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues.”

Local businesses in Reykjavik are not obligated to uphold the decision. A memo issued by the city expresses support for the Palestinians’ right to independence and condemns “the racist apartheid policies” of Israelis.

“I believe the city is sending a clear message, whereby it will not buy products from Israel as long as it oppresses another people on the basis of its ethnicity and race and the continued existence of a wall within Palestine,” said Reykjavik Councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, who introduced the bill.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Emanuel Nahshon said, “A volcano of hatred has erupted in the Reykjavik City Council building. For no reason or justification, aside from pure hatred, there are calls to boycott the State of Israel. We hope that someone in Iceland will come to their senses and stop the one-sided blindness against the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.”

Posted on September 17, 2015 .