Israel is not happy at the boycott of its products by the Icelandic capital’s city council. Lashing out, they describe the boycott as a “volcano of hatred”.
On Tuesday Reykjavik’s council voted in favor of boycotting all Israeli manufactured goods as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues.
“A volcano of hatred is erupting in the Reykjavik city council,” Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said in a statement.
“Without any reason and justification besides pure hatred, calls are being issued to boycott the state of Israel.”
He added “We hope that someone in Iceland will wake up and stop this blindness and one sidedness which is aimed against the only democracy in the Middle East, Israel.”
Yahoo News reports: The Reykjavik council has a left-wing majority. Representatives of Iceland’s centre-right ruling parties voted against the resolution.
“By doing this, we as a city council, even though we are a small city in the far north, are doing what we can to put pressure on the government of Israel to stop the occupation of Palestinian territory,” council president Soley Tomasdottir told Icelandic public broadcaster RUV.
Israel is also up in arms against a push by European Union nations to label products from its settlements, a move it considers tantamount to a boycott.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently evoked the Nazi era to criticise an EU parliamentary motion on labelling.
Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank are seen as illegal under international law as well as a threat to the Middle East peace process by eroding the basis for a future Palestinian state.
According to EJP, the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said it was seeking advice on 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.”