Reykjavik, 3 Dzulhijjah 1436/17 September 2015 (MINA) – The city council of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik has passed a resolution boycotting Israeli-made goods, in protest at Israel’s racist apartheid policy towards the Palestinians.
The boycott will be in place “as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues,” the motion said.
According to Yediot Aharanot Hebrew newspaper, the resolution was proposed by Councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, who mentioned that she intends to spend the rest of the year doing humanitarian work in the Palestinian territories. Al-Qassam quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.
The party that proposed the resolution, the Social Democratic Alliance, has a majority in the city council, but not in the Icelandic parliament, the newspaper reads.
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 also criticized the Israeli government’s racist apartheid policy.
“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,” councilwoman Vilhelmsdóttir said.
Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon expressed concern over the decision and said on the matter “A volcano of hate is currently exploding in Reykjavik’s city council building.” (T/P002/R03)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)