The Icelandic capital of Reykjavik has announced that it will boycott all products made in Israel "as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues."
The boycott not does limit itself to Judea and Samaria, but instead targets all of Israel. An explanatory memorandum claims that it is merely a symbolic gesture, though, and there is no list of specific Israel companies or products included.
Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, an outgoing councilwomen representing the Social Democratic Alliance, introduced the bill. This is expected to be her last major action as part of the city council.
Vilhelmsdóttir says, "I believe that the city is sending a clear message that it will not purchase Israel products as long as Israel oppresses another people on the basis of their ethnicity and race, and the continued existence of a wall within Palestine."
A spokesperson for the Israeli foreign minister responded by stating that "a volcano of hatred has erupted in the Reykjavik City Council building. For no reason or justification, aside from pure hatred, there are calls to boycott the State of Israel. We hope that someone in Iceland will come to their senses and stop the one-sided blindness against the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East."
Israel is the only country being boycotted by Reykjavik, a point that some claim is unconstitutional. A local lawyer, Einar Gautur Steingrímsson, argued in an article on visir.is news site that the city has no place making foreign policy decisions. He also added, "This is as illegal as refusing to do business with red haired people and it makes no difference whether they justify their decision with references to some alleged actions by the Israelis."