Jewish official warns Iceland of ‘negative repercussions’ over Reykjavik boycott of Israel

Ronald Lauder – the billionaire philanthropist, heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune and the president of the World Jewish Congress – angrily denounced the government of Iceland on Friday for failing to mount opposition to the Reykjavik city council’s decision to boycott Israeli products.

Lauder, who is known to be a close associate of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, urged the government of Iceland to make “a dramatic public gesture that will demonstrate to the people of Iceland and the world that these boycotts are wrong and counterproductive.”

The Icelandic capital’s city council passed a resolution Tuesday stating the municipality will boycott all products made in Israel, a move blasted in Israel as a “volcano of hate.”


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