Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon slammed Reykjavik’s decision:’We hope that someone in Iceland will wake up and put an end to this blindness and one-sidedness that is demonstrated toward Israel, the only democracy in the Mideast.’
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon slammed the decision of the city of Reykjavik, capital of Iceland, to boycott all products made in Israel, saying that ‘’a volcano of hate exploded.’’
The muncipality of Reykjavík passed a resolution Tuesday stating it will boycott all products made in Israel “as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues,” a measure proposed by Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a Councilwoman from the Social Democratic Alliance.
The measure makes no distinction between products made inside pre-1967 Israel or beyond the Green Line.
In the opinion of the Reykjavik City Council, Israel deserves to be slapped – at least symbolically – for “violating international agreements” and for treating Palestinian Arabs with a form of Apartheid, akin to South Africa.
Vilhelmsdóttir’s husband, Sveinn Runar Hauksson, is the head of the Iceland-Palestine Association.
Without any “reason or justification, except for pure hatred, calls were heard to boycott the State of Israel. We hope that someone in Iceland will wake up and put an end to this blindness and one-sidedness that is demonstrated toward Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East,” Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.
The EU is moving towards labeling of Israeli settlement products, a move Jerusalem considers tantamount to a boycott.Israel fears that such labeling will lead top a total ban of all Israeli prodfucts.
The European Jewish Congress (EJC) said it was seeking legal advice whether to take legal action over the Reykjavik’s resolution.
“This is clearly a discriminatory move and we have already sought advice that it might break international law and treaties,” Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the EJC, said. “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 the only Jewish nation in the world.”
“It is time for the Jewish world to fight back and let these people understand that hatred and discrimination cannot come without ramifications,” Dr. Kantor continued. “There are laws and procedures which should protect a people or a nation from such moves and we will be carefully studying all possible avenues to fight this legally.”