On Tuesday Iceland’s capital Reykjavík decided to boycott Israeli goods.
The city council in Reykjavík voted by a 9-5 majority banning Israeli products from official purchases as long as Israel continues its occupation in the Palestinian territories.
According to Iceland Magazine, the boycott is meant to show the city of Reykjavík support for the right of Palestinians independence, while condemning “the Israeli policy of apartheid” in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Councilwoman Björk Vilhelmsdóttir who proposed the resolution stated, “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.”
Predictably, Israel’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesman, Emanuel Nachson responded by accusing the city council of ‘hate’. Instead of acknowledging the evil of the occupation, Nachson focussed on attacking the call for boycott as an attack on Israel. The city council president Björn Blöndal has however reiterated that the resolution is a “peaceful way to protest injustice.” A view shared by many millions of people the world over.
This is not the first time we are seeing city councils around the world boycotting commercial goods. Similar resolutions were made during the 1970s and 1980s during the South African apartheid. Boycotting goods has helped to raise awareness and is a stand in solidarity with the native people against brutal apartheid regimes.
Reykjavík boycott vote is a symbolic victory and shows how the international community are supporting Palestinian rights in the mainstream.