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BDS News: Iceland Boycotts Israeli Products

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The City of Reykjavik will no longer purchase goods made in Israel. The City Council voted yesterday that the city would not purchase any goods manufactured in Israel as long as the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories continues.


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Sam H (410)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 8:49 am
Iceland does the honorable thing.

Now watch the assault on Iceland as the Icelanders become subhuman in the eyes of the Zionists for listening to their conscience and doing the right thing.

Sam H (410)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 9:01 am
Now they’re going to say the volume of trade between Israel and Iceland is insignificant. Well, that would be a reason to ignore the boycott, wouldn’t it be?

Sam H (410)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 9:03 am
It may have a small financial impact, but the moral impact is monumental!

Sam H (410)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 9:06 am
How monumental? Probably that is directly proportional to how upset Netanyahu and Zionist backers are!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 9:45 am
Exactly! and, regardless how much, monumental is monumental.
What's monumentally silly is the comment from Mr Nahshon
"“A volcano of hate is exploding in Reykjavik’s city council building. There is no reason or justification for this move, besides hate itself, which is being heard in the form of calls for a boycott against Israel, the Jewish state. 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.”
He seems not even aware just how ridiculous he sounds. Only word missing so far is the favorite term of "deligitimisation of Israel" .. they need to repeat that over and again until it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 9:47 am
Good on the lady, yet sad, she preferred to wait with the move until just before her retirement. This intimidation stuff needs to end!

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:14 am
Interesting that this goes beyond the EU-promoted boycott of settlement products & activities actively enforcing occupation.

Interesting the idea of adopting the boycot approach for other countries with high human rights abuse as well.

But isn't it typical that the pro-Israeli coverage inflates it to mean banning of all trade ... not the real motion of boycotting for purchases by the City and its agencies!! That way, the pro-Zionist lobby can blow up far more hatred!!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:19 am
In an email message, Omar Barghouti, a Palestinian human rights campaigner and co-founder of the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement, predicted that “Israel, with its powerful tools in Washington and Brussels, will certainly pull out its entire bullying arsenal to try to reverse this precedent-setting, historic victory for the boycott movement against its regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.”

But nothing, he said, could “undo the moral victory and the taboo-shattering Icelandic boycott volcano that has just erupted.”

Barghouti sent a “warm salute to all Palestine solidarity and BDS movement partners in Iceland who contributed to writing this piece of the history of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, justice and equality.”

Wiith the many volcanos that Iceland has there' a good chance some more might erupt.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:24 am
May the first European capital really set a precedent for Paris, Madrid, etc to follow. Berlin and London wil most likely be further down the line.. but anyway, we have a start now!

Angelika R (143)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:39 am
Evelyn, yes interesting! What makes it worse, the author of that twisted hateful piece in the Jewish Press is a lawyer who surely knows better but delibertely worded it like she did.!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 1:41 pm

Now is this a surprise or is this a surprise?! Thanks Sam - I hope you all have read the comment section - I immediately felt at home among all those hasbaratchik trolls - LOL!!

fly b (26)
Thursday September 17, 2015, 10:42 pm
Stop the meow and mix/hasbara job.

Go Iceland BDS!

Thanks, Sam.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday September 18, 2015, 12:52 am
Thanks for sharing Sam.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:01 am
Thanks for sharing Sam.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday September 18, 2015, 1:23 am

Thanks for the link, dear Ros! It's quite interesting to read that "Barry's threats are reflective of the totalitarian democracy that the state of Israel represents — with targeted oppression of the dissenting viewpoints of minorities."

I believe it is worth to reflect on the fact that nobody saw anything wrong - except the US and Israel at the time - to boycott Apartheid South Africa. On the contrary - as we all know Israel tried to proliferate its nuclear bombs to South Africa!! Decent human beings with an intact sense of justice can NOT possibly oppose boycott calls in order to change the utter racist and discriminatory policies and behavior of a state - ANY state!

It's kind of "funny" though that nobody sees anything wrong in boycotting Iran or any other country who refuses to walk in lockstep with the West and Israel. The opposite is the case: anyone breaking the boycott/sanctions gets severely punished!

But now we should get punished because we use non-violent means to bring down another Apartheid regime?!?! Give me a break!!

Does really nobody see the hypocrisy in this behavior pattern?

I hope that more countries, cities, company and citizens grow a backbone and stand up for what is right: stop Apartheid in Israel, force Israel to go back to within its proper borders and behave at long last not like a colonial criminal bully but like a normal nation among the family of nations.

What the heck is so difficult about this??????

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday September 18, 2015, 5:01 am

Thanks Ros ;-) ... memories coming up with that song!!

BTW - has anyone heard that the Israeli Government has approved to deploy snipers to the Al Aqsa Mosque? As they sure will not shoot at their own people who are going wild acc. to IL TV channels ... one can only wonder ... what is the IL Gov up to? Escalation at all costs apparently - nothing else comes to my mind!

But the Israeli Gov wants piece by piece ... or is it peace by peace ... or is it actually the entire Levant?

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 18, 2015, 5:54 am
Doesn't all evidence speak for the Levant, piece by piece ?
I also heard those plans, even here on our local news. The unrest on temple mount has been going on now since before the New Year celebrations... escalation seems inevitable.
Perhaps something is wanted/needed ahead of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting to preemptively counter some type of proposal in favor of the Palestinians...? As was the talk of such expected from France.

Angelika R (143)
Friday September 18, 2015, 9:37 am
Is there any separate post for this? I think it necessary!
As Palestinian-American journalist Ramzy Baroud said "I don't think that there is any country in the world that would actually consider or sanction sniper fire against kids throwing rocks.” It's a judicial license to kill .

Kathleen M (211)
Friday September 18, 2015, 3:07 pm
Thanks for sharing, Sam and esteemed commenters!

Shirley S (187)
Friday September 18, 2015, 8:28 pm
Iceland is really making headlines lately.

Sam H (410)
Friday September 18, 2015, 8:51 pm
You're right, Shirley. The same morality that dictated sending corrupt bankers to jail must have inspired this courageous new move against corrupt, blood-thirsty occupiers!

Nicolai L (39)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:15 am
good thing, bring down the zionists

Dennis Hall (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 9:08 am

Sheryl G (359)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 11:33 am
Iceland is making a lot of smart moves. They didn't make the people who were NOT responsible pay for the mess that the Rich SOB's in the Financial Industries caused.

In the USA and other places we are still singing the "banks got bailed out we got sold out" song. Good for Iceland.

Janet B (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 12:38 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:35 pm
Good for Iceland. Thank you.

Knud Thirup (53)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 1:44 pm
Thank you so much Iceland.

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:02 pm
I feel like I've wandered into an anti-Semite convention!

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:05 pm
Don't get too excited. Reykjavik City Council's decision is only 'symbolic' and, as the Icelandic government was quick to point out, does not reflect the opinion or policy of the Icelandic government.

Another hollow 'victory' for BDS.

At least no Palestinians got made redundant this time.

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:12 pm
If Israel is so bad how come Mr Barghouti emigrated TO Israel ... and lives there and works there and rails against the Israeli government there?

Anyone like to emigrate to Gaza City and rail against Hamas and call for a boycott of Gazan produce? I wonder how long you'd last????

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:13 pm
Aaand it's reversed.

Not only that, but the government of Iceland was part of the reason it got reversed. The boycott motion was passed by the city of Reykjavík, not the government of Iceland. The PM called the boycott absurd and said it damaged Icelandic national interests. Sam just produced yet another misleading title.

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:13 pm
Are you aware that Mr Barghouti does NOT support a two nation solution. He wants to destroy the state of Israel.

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:16 pm
Thanks for that, Stephen.

A misleading Israel-bashing title from Sam? That's not like him!

John De Avalon (36)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:18 pm
At least I've got a bit of Sumatran rainforest out of him, so it's not all bad.

Pat Morris (12)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:28 pm
It's so warming to my heart to see the BDS movement growing against the evil barbaric state of Israel! It should be one state with equal rights for all, named PALESTINE!

Debra G (0)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:34 pm
Thank you, Stephen Brian, for the link. More from that article:The mayor and the City council had come under fire for the decision. It was not clear how the boycott would be implemented, what goods would be boycotted and how. Foreign media also seemed to have trouble understanding the scope or nature of the decision. Fox News had for example announced in a headline: “Iceland announces boycott of Israeli goods”. In fact, the boycott would only have affected purchases by city agencies [of items made in the occupied territories] – the city council has no power to set foreign policy nor can it ban the sale of Israeli goods within the city limits." Seems Sam is listening to Faux Newz again.

Sam H (410)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:35 pm
Thanks Pat!

The Zionists’ reaction has been bee predicted in my very first posts on this thread!

If it’s that insignificant, why isn’t Netanyahu celebrating its insignificance? Instead, he has been seething at those recalcitrant Icelanders!

Sam H (410)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 2:50 pm
BTW, whoever assigned Iceland’s sovereignty to Netanyahu?

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:31 pm
The sentence that matters is this: "Now, he has announced the original decision will be overturned and a new proposal put forward clarifying the boycott."
Now the world is anticipating and eagerly awaiting this new motion which still reaches further than the EU regulation. Not just labelling illegal settlement goods but boycotting them altogether! Bravo!
Of course Reykjavik can do what Copenhagen did! And assumingly more capitals to follow suit.

Angelika R (143)
Saturday September 19, 2015, 3:41 pm
The Nutyahoo has a record of putting words in other nation's officials' mouths but, he just doesn't have the power to do that with the people.
The message is out, no matter what the mayor was forced to say, people of Reykjavik may still just boycott any and all Israeli goods, with or without any resolution. Selling the produce is one thing, buying it another.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 12:47 am

Sam - it seems your prediction was right ... did you polish your crystal ball first - LOL??

As Angelika stated ... what Copenhagen did ... other cities can do too. I always find it interesting how on one hand all Zionists (and their apologists) insist that BDS is nothing and it doesn't hurt at all ... like the little kid who gets spanked and screams under tears "it doesn't hurt me!!" ... yet every time some city or country or artist dares to join the BDS movement they go into a temper tantrum and try every trick in the dirty book to reverse that decision!! Top that with the attempt to deny people their Freedom of Expression by insinuating anti-Semitism ...

I like the way Switzerland does it - no big hoopla, people use their brain and sense of justice ... the result being that since a few years one can't find "made in Israel" products anymore in the supermarket chains. People just don't buy, the fruits and vegetables used to rot away and that was that.

Nobody can force me to buy something I don't want ... for whatever reason. Simple, non?


John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:37 am
Pat: Strange that a majority of Arab Israelis would much prefer to live in Israel, as Israelis, under Israeli governance, than under Hamas/Fatah rule.

Arabs in Israel have far more rights than they do in Gaza and the West Bank - or most other places in the Arab World come to that.

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 2:54 am
A Hamas run 'Palestine'?!!! You think it would be like a macrocosm of Kingston-Upon-Thames?!

No, it would be a vicious, Mafia state - as Gaza is now.

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 3:02 am
Did you see on the news how Egypt has deliberately flooded the Gazan smuggling tunnels, and destroyed thousands of homes and evicted many families to create a security 'buffer zone' protecting them from Gaza?

So much for Arab solidarity.

Roslyn M (32)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:04 am
Good for Iceland, the rest of the world should follow their example.

Alexa R (319)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:02 am
Am Israel Chai ..!!!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 5:21 am

Geeeeeee - John ... now you truly have descended to Penny's Hasbara level. No self-respect when it serves the "cause"? Very disappointing.

Penny loved to dwell on the Egyptian involvement re destroying Gaza tunnels and I rebutted her points one by one INCL. providing evidence. I happen to remember ... that you were on that thread too. So what does it serve if you - like Penny - keep repeating the same lies over and again?

Just in short: yes, Egypt has destroyed many tunnels in the past (under Mubarak) under immense pressure from Israel and the US. Egypt even built a steel wall going into the ground to prevent Gazans from digging more tunnels. This too under pressure from USrael and with their financial and technical help. Don't get me wrong - I didn't expect anything less from Hosni Mubarak; after all he was the loyal servant of USrael and paid handsomely by both. So at least he should do what he gets the paycheck for ... very much like so many people on C2 ...

After Sissi came to power, the destruction of the tunnels continued and because of the MB infiltration into Sinai Egypt decided to create buffer zone.

BUT - and again as OPPOSED to Israel - Egypt builds the buffer zone on its OWN LAND (Israel in contrast is always stealing more land from the Palestinians under the "security" pretext) and the houses the army blew up where EGYPTIAN HOUSES on the EGYPTIAN SIDE of the border. Add to that the families who lost their houses - again as OPPOSED to Israel - got either full compensation or were re-settled in equal housing units.

Egypt starts building steel wall on Gaza Strip border

Egypt Flattens Neighborhoods to Create a Buffer With Gaza

Yeah - as the Arab saying goes: "Lies have no legs"! Q.E.D.

Enjoy Jom Kippur and take a break from disseminating Hasbara - would do you some good!

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 7:04 am
Calm down, Eleonora.

You who hated living under the Muslim Brotherhood and jumped for joy when Mr Sissi ('he rocks') got rid of them. [What is the latest news incidentally? He was going to hang them the last time I heard.}
Yet you seem to be quite keen to bang the drum for Hamas. Has it occurred to you that, the same as the majority of Israeli Arabs in Israel, Palestinians in Gaza don't want to live under their rule and would be just as glad to be rid of them as you were.

Come now, you know I'm not Israeli or Jewish.

When I look at your 'group', I see nothing but an anti-Semitic, racial hatred, gang of bullies. THAT is what I am opposing.
And I shall continue to oppose 'you'. It would be a cold day in Hell before I'd ever join your ranks.

Barbara P (1069)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 7:43 am
Noted... Thank you for sharing Sam.

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 9:22 am
Eleonora: A good article on those ever so friendly evictions on the Amnesty International website. ( ....

Entitled: --- Egypt: End wave of home demolitions, forced evictions in Sinai amid media blackout

"The scale of the forced evictions has been astonishing: the Egyptian authorities have thrown more than 1,000 families out of their homes in just a matter of days, flouting international and national law. Shocking scenes have emerged of homes being bulldozed, bombed ...'

'I was never notified about the eviction plans I only heard about it on TV...Not a single official approached me or my family to inform us how to apply for compensation.'

'Their house was later demolished with all their furniture and family stuff inside'

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:29 pm

John – before I can calm down I should get exited, non ;-)? The latest news are that the cases are in the Court of Appellate – the very same way like in any other country with a functioning juridical system. Those who were tried and convicted in absentia will get their day in court once they’re arrested. Under Egyptian law the previous sentence will then be cancelled and the case re-tried from scratch.

Where did I ever “bang the drums for Hamas”, John?! There’s a big difference between “banging the drums” for whomever … and opposing the ruthless occupation of people. I oppose regime change initiated by the West just because they don’t like someone (in this case Hamas). Actually it’s not that they don’t like whoever, it’s rather because that someone doesn’t dance to the tunes of USrael.

Remember, the elections in Gaza in 2006 (which brought Hamas to power) was back then lauded by the US, the West AND Israel as truly democratic elections … until they knew the result – LOL. Then it suddenly became a different ball game.

We all know that oppressive systems always brings the bad and worst out in people … no wonder have Gazans gone all the way and elected an organization like Hamas. Simply because with them they saw some hope and the possibility to get rid of the Israeli occupation as opposed to Fatah who they see as a willing tool of USrael… not realizing that Hamas is just another figure/pawn on the chessboard which serves a purpose. After all we should not forget that Ariel Sharon was functioning as “sperm donor” as well as midwife when Hamas was born. You really should read “The Grand Chessboard” – very interesting indeed.

As for “our group” – I challenge you to come forward with evidence where any of us (who ever you want to put inside that group – I leave that up to you) has made anti-Semitic, hateful statement or where any of us went on a racially motivated hate rant. These are basic traits of the Islamophobes here on Care2 as you know too having been part of such discussions – but if you want I can provide you with evidence in form of links to those threads where you can read those “loving” comments. They are in the habit of throwing all Muslims in one big basket and claim on top of it that whatever wrong one of them does … is ordered in their holy book. You seem to confuse people …

“We” do have the intellectual ability to see and understand that generalizations of any kind can never be a correct thinking neither is it fair or just to the people. “We” equally clearly always brandish the political acts and decisions of polit-Israel and do not stoop down to the gutter level of Islamophobes and spew hatred and inciting statements against world Jewry.

So far “we” are always accused – but none of “you” has the decency to present one single shred of evidence to support “your” accusations.

It’s so easy – and I hate to say this: so typical for Zionist apologists (as seen in politics too) as well as for the Hasbaratchik trolls – to throw mud in all directions in the hope that something will somehow stick somewhere. It doesn’t work that way.

I reject your totally baseless accusations in letter and in substance.

True opposition is easy – just rebut whatever is stated or claimed with supporting evidence. No need to try to slander anyone or accuse any of “us” of criminal behaviour (it goes with saying … as always without evidence).

As for the side issue of Egypt’s house demolitions: I go by what our teams found on and reported from the ground of reality in Rafah/Sinai and not by what interest groups report. Sorry for that. Not all is perfect – actually far from! - but in this case it was some 80% well planned and executed incl. the compensation scheme as well as the notifications to people. And yes, naturally some injustice has taken place and some are disgruntled. But most of them have done quite well!

But again – it’s nice that you worry for the Egyptian people who get compensated by the State for their losses but it doesn’t seem to bother you that Israel destroys whatever houses they see fit without one Shekel of compensation. Or that they blow up houses with the people and furniture inside … ah yes, they give a 2 min. warning ahead of the blow-up … forgot that. Fact is … THIS doesn’t seem to bother you a bit!

Back to the topic: BDS may eventually affect of people inside Israel; that’ll be too bad. But like in the case of South Africa this cannot be a reason not to continue to force the non-violent issue of BDS.

See you around … but only after my holidays!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:31 pm

Sam - this is another form of "boycott" ... leave it to a brave lady for a change - LOL!!

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John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:35 pm
What brought an end to apartheid in South Africa were the two respective leaders deciding that the path of PEACE was better than the path of HATE & VIOLENCE..

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:38 pm
Yes well, Eleonora, 'by their fruits shall ye know them'.

John De Avalon (36)
Sunday September 20, 2015, 4:39 pm
PS: Enjoy your holiday.
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