Israeli citizens for boycott call on Reykjavik to stand by its decision

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The Israeli committee Boycott From Within issued the following letter to Reykjavik City Council Members. In recent days, the City Council voted to boycott Israeli goods, and then the mayor subsequently reversed the decision.

We write to you as citizens of Israel who actively oppose our successive governments’ policies of belligerent occupation, colonialism, ethnic cleansing and apartheid against the indigenous people of this land, the Palestinians. We write to you today to encourage you to stand by your initial and worthy decision to hold the State of Israel accountable for its consistent human rights violations, and to boycott Israeli goods.

We applaud your initial statement, correctly assessing Israel’s regime as one of apartheid and your adoption of the Palestinian people’s choice strategy of resistance. This strategy is, in fact, in accordance with UN standards and strategies of dealing with rogue states which perpetrate systematic human rights violations and act in absolute disregard of international law and human rights conventions. A decision not to partake in such gross human rights violations by divesting from states and corporations who routinely carry out these violations is indeed a moral act.

We understand that you are under a lot of pressure to reverse your decision. We urge you not to do so, as that would be construed as your support of Israeli violations. The Israeli crimes which were mentioned above are not limited to the militarily occupied territories of 1967, but exist throughout historical Palestine, and the same is also true for the Israeli economy as a whole. It is a well-documented fact that Israel became a leading arms exporter due to the strong cooperation between its military, its academia and its business sector, as well as the fact that weapon manufacturers can simply try out their weapons  ( https://vimeo.com/65082874 ) on real human beings – Palestinians – beforemaking them ‘marketable’  (http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/suicide-israeli-manufacturers). But what is less known is that the whole of the Israeli economy is geared towards profiting from the subjugation of Palestinians. Its economy is constructed in a way that the ongoing oppression of Palestinians is financially beneficial to it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkvlMkL4T24), having a captive Palestinian market and a captive Palestinian work force while having no financial incentive for arriving at peace and equality in the future.

We, as Israeli citizens, are very limited in our ability to create change in the current political climate. In recent years, Israel has taken many legislative steps to criminalize human rights activities, such as providing information about the occupation and calling for boycott of the state and war-profiteering corporations. Merely writing this letter to you is an illegal act under Israeli civil torts law and we hereby proudly violate this law.

We therefore ask you, first and foremost, to support the indigenous Palestinian people whose very existence has been curtailed and criminalized under a colonial supremacist regime. Secondly, we ourselves ask for your support, since our mere and symbolic opposition to such inhumane policies has been deemed illegal.

Please stand courageously by your initial city council decision.

Sincerely,
BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within
(Israeli citizens for BDS)

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  1. John O
    September 22, 2015, 1:08 pm

    I enjoyed a short break in Iceland last month – a most civilised country. They are in NATO but have no armed forces apart from coastguard vessels to protect their fishing industry. A recent call on Facebook for Icelanders to take in Syrian refugees resulted in some 11,000 people (out of a population of little more than 300,000) responding positively. I’m sure they’ll tell the mayor of Reykjavik in no uncertain terms what he must do.

  2. Citizen
    September 22, 2015, 3:39 pm

    Iceland government will likely take the easier road, BDS support only against settlement business. Why? US government will otherwise apply economic sanctions on Iceland, which can’t afford that crimp in their export business. Iceland government is well aware that various US states have already enacted legislation against any country or foreign business supporting #BDS of any sort, even if only directed against settlement business.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    September 22, 2015, 4:46 pm

    RE: “It is a well-documented fact that Israel became a leading arms exporter due to the strong cooperation between its military, its academia and its business sector, as well as the fact that weapon manufacturers can simply try out their weapons on real human beings – Palestinians – beforemaking them ‘marketable’ . . .” ~ Israeli citizens for BDS

    Catalan Police in Israel: repression courses “Tested In Combat” [VIDEO, 05:40]

    CATALAN POLICE TRAINING IN ISRAEL VIDEO ~ February 16, 2014
    “Public security” training in Israel for police from Catalonia – or how to wage war on your own civilian population to protect the investments of bankster criminals!
    SOURCE – http://roblosricos.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/catalan-police-training-in-israel/

    An Israeli Soldier’s Story – Eran Efrati [VIDEO, 40:05]

    Published on Mar 8, 2014
    This talk by Eran Efrati was filmed in Denver, Colorado on March 3, 2014 as part of The Soldier and the Refusenik U.S. tour with Maya Wind. Eran talks about his experiences in the IDF and then more broadly discusses Israel, its relationship to the U.S. and the global expansion of militarism.
    Efrati’s talk is a very powerful testimonial regarding the impact of Israel’s “tested in combat” marketing.

    • lysias
      September 22, 2015, 5:15 pm

      The Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police that the clip shows being trained in Israel, are apparently under the command of the autonomous Catalan government:

      The Mossos d’Esquadra are a police force of the Spanish state placed under the authority of the Generalitat de Catalunya, within the territory of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and in accordance with the principles of the Spanish constitution and all legal provisions therefrom derived, such as the Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia and the laws therefrom derived. The Policia Nacional and the Guardia Civil, on the other hand, are commanded directly by the Spanish ministry of the interior. They keep some officers in Catalonia to handle terrorism, identity documents, immigration and other limited responsibilities of the central government.[3]

      I wonder if, in the event of civil war resulting from a Catalan attempt to secede, they would in fact defend the Catalan government against the national police (Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil) that the Wikipedia entry mentions.

      • JLewisDickerson
        September 22, 2015, 6:53 pm

        Perhaps, like the U.S. Congress, the Mossos d’Esquadra will take their orders from Netanyahu and Likudnik Israel. So, the question then becomes, which side would Israel take in the event of civil war resulting from a Catalan attempt to secede from Spain?
        Enquiring minds mimes want to know!

        P.S. My guess is that in keeping with the infamous Yinon Plan to balkanize as much of the world as possible (excluding Israel and its benefactors like the U.S., of course), the Likudnik government of Israel would support secession unless the Spanish government made it well worth its while not to (most likely via hefty deposits to secret, offshore accounts).

  4. Jackdaw
    September 23, 2015, 10:42 am

    How many Israeli products are being sold today in Iceland?

    Answer: Zero

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4701735,00.html

    What a sorry waste of time (unless you suffer with a compulsive personality disorder or moral narcissism).

    • CigarGod
      September 23, 2015, 11:02 am

      So, social justice is a mental disorder?

      Now, Jack…calm down. Unless someone has slipped a cod down your short pants, you don’t need to get so worked up.

      • eljay
        September 23, 2015, 11:13 am

        It’s interesting that even when Israel is not impacted by something, Zio-supremacists – who suffer compulsive personality disorder and (im)moral narcissism – manage to get their panties in a knot.

        Even more interesting is the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s bit of whataboutery that could – and perhaps should, SWC? – be construed as a call to heavily-sanction, attack and/or effect regime change in Israel. (If it’s good enough for Syria and Iran, it’s good enough for Israel…right, SWC?)

    • inbound39
      September 23, 2015, 11:09 am

      Every good person has a conscience….Criminals act without conscience.

    • Mooser
      September 23, 2015, 11:49 am

      “What a sorry waste of time (unless you suffer with a compulsive personality disorder or moral narcissism).”

      So, I gotta ask, “Jackdaw”, is “compulsive personality disorder” or “moral narcissism” something Judaism collectively is immune to, or are only certain denominations susceptible to these maladies?

      BTW, “Jackdaw” if you ever need work, go straight to a movie-house. They can always use a reliable projectionist.

    • John O
      September 23, 2015, 12:59 pm

      The Ynet article you linked to seems to me rather more nuanced than your reaction, Corvid (although their description of it as a “small island” is inaccurate – it’s bigger than Ireland).

      Just because there may be no Israeli products for Icelanders to boycott (though there could easily be some in the excellent vegetarian restaurant I dined in in Reykjavik last month), doesn’t stop Icelandic financial institutions (I know, I know, they screwed up royally a few years ago and nearly destroyed the country’s economy) divesting from Israel if they have investments there – and, of course, not making any future investments. Nor does it stop the Icelandic government from supporting relevant UN resolutions and other measures to bring Israel to heel.

    • bryan
      September 23, 2015, 1:23 pm

      How weird that is Jackdaw! When it suits Israel’s brand of bullshit we learn that the western world could not possibly survive even a single day without the numerous inventions that Israel bequeathed to the world (drugs, surgical procedures, phones, computers, cosmetics produced beside the Dead Sea, soda-making equipment, dates and cherry tomatoes from the West Bank, the wheel, fire, etc etc) but when it suits Israel’s brand of bullshit we learn that Israel provides nothing, nader, zilch! Can we please sort out which hymn-sheet we are to sing from?

  5. eGuard
    September 23, 2015, 7:25 pm

    Intro: The Israeli committee Boycott From Within issued …

    Another MW approach illustrating: only boycott if you’re Zionist. Non-jews need not reply.

  6. Les
    September 24, 2015, 1:07 pm

    Boutique Golan Winery Responds to BDS by Displaying Israeli Flag on Bottle

    Winery owner Yoav Levy calls on other wineries to follow suit; ‘I’m proud of this flag, and I’m Israeli and I’m not ashamed.’
    Liz Steinberg Sep 24, 2015 4:09 PM

    Amid mounting calls in Europe to label and boycott Israeli goods, one winery isn’t shying away from its identity.

    Bazelet Hagolan, a boutique winery in the Golan Heights, recently unveiled new labeling for its bottles for export. All now proudly boast an Israeli flag.

    “I’m proud of this flag, and I’m Israeli and I’m not ashamed,” said winery owner Yoav Levy, calling on other Israeli wineries to follow suit.

    He said the idea came to him to put the national flag on the bottle after seeing that wines from other countries also sported flags. While for most wineries this is merely a matter of national pride, for an Israeli winery, the move comes across as quite political.

    Levy’s winery manufactures 80,000 bottles a year, of which 20% is exported to North America and Europe. The wines are sold in stores that appeal to the public at large, not only kosher markets.

    Bottles with the new labels can already be found on store shelves.

    Levy says that when he initially proposed the new labels, others warned him against it, fearing that it would make his wine a target for boycotts. But that hasn’t happened so far, he said, noting that boycott proponents wouldn’t be buying his products anyway.

    “I’ve received tons and tons of responses, all positive,” he said adding that the winery has only seen an upside from the move.

    European officials have called for labeling Israeli products made in the West Bank as well as the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem.

    Earlier this month, the European Parliament called for putting special labels on consumer goods produced in these locations, as well as “differentiating” between the EU’s attitude toward Israel and the settlements. Meanwhile, discussions in the EU’s executive body, the European Commission, on the matter are in their final stage.

    http://www.haaretz.com/life/food-wine/1.677315

    • echinococcus
      September 24, 2015, 5:04 pm

      As already said, a proper labeling for what was, once upon a time, a very good and rare Syrian wine, exported all the way to Cesarea and Alexandria. The label will be enough to identify it as Manischewitz shlock. It will keep its clients.

  7. jon s
    September 24, 2015, 4:48 pm

    A boycott of the settlements and their produce is the way to go, if the goal is to end the occupation and the settlements and ultimately promote peace in the context of 2 states. The Icelanders did the right thing in correcting their original decision.

    • diasp0ra
      September 24, 2015, 4:57 pm

      That would make sense if the settlements were self sustaining and weren’t backed by the government in force.

      The settlements (colonies really) did not create themselves, and they operate only with the blessing of the Israeli government. The Settlers commute every day to Israel proper and are protected by its army, there is no separation here on any practical level.

    • echinococcus
      September 24, 2015, 5:01 pm

      How much sense does it make to fill this site with Zionist propaganda? Especially the in-your-face, shameless, stupid kind like yours.
      Are we really so retarded we don’t ever wonder how the illegal settlements came about? Who the f(*&^% originiated, financed, militarily supports, murderously defends, genocidally makes room for them? The earlier-occupied territory Zionist entity, that’s who!
      The main Zionist entity territory is totally as illegitimate as the newer one and there is no reason on earth for anyone opposing the Zionist aggression and genocide to apply the Zionists’ own boycott.

      Once again: ***boycotting the post-1967 occupation territory only is a Zionist measure*** It only helps Zionist occupation and genocide and does nothing to help the owners of Palestine.

  8. DaBakr
    September 25, 2015, 3:18 pm

    of some interest (reposted from the so-called zio-supremecist news blog ez): https://www.commentarymagazine.com/anti-semitism/the-bds-movements-very-bad-math/

    The BDS Movement’s Very Bad Month
    The one saving grace about anti-Semites is that, contrary to Barack Obama’s famous claim, they generally are irrational and, therefore, they often overreach. The anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement has been doing exactly that recently. In the past month alone, it has suffered three resounding and damaging failures.

    The first, of course, was its “success” in pressuring a Spanish reggae festival to disinvite American Jewish singer Matisyahu unless he issued a statement backing a Palestinian state. Matisyahu, to his credit, didn’t merely refuse; he also made sure the world knew why he wouldn’t be appearing as scheduled. The subsequent public outcry not only made the festival hurriedly backtrack and reinstate Matisyahu in his original slot, but also exposed the truth of the BDS movement’s anti-Semitism, which it has long tried to hide. After all, Matisyahu isn’t Israeli; he was asked to issue that statement, alone of all the artists at the festival, simply because he was Jewish…con’t

    • Mooser
      September 25, 2015, 4:11 pm

      “of some interest (reposted from the so-called zio-supremecist news blog ez):”

      Awww, isn’t that cute, “Dabakr” has taken to spamming with straight copyn’paste.

      • DaBakr
        September 25, 2015, 5:31 pm

        Gd dm rgt @ ms

        you all at MW are the ones always screaming for ‘links’.’links links and more links. […”without a link, it never happened”, I’ve been told laughingly.] and then-when the babies finally get their links what do they do? they scurry frantically through ‘rebuttal’ links to tear down the original link bit by bit. Often the links used to tear down to first link are copied from a 2nd/3rd level link that itself was originally discredited as either false, biased or an outright lie but continues on as if its MW gospel.

        So yes-take this one little take [this ‘link’ if you will] on a week in the life of the “fight BDS’ crowd’s pov and you have a copy/paste. I could have paraphrased and made it sound much more insulting and incendiary then it actually is. But this is just 3 incidents and I am sure the BDS crowd has their own take on events surrounding BDS and recent accomplishments as well.

        Its also so very apropos that the ‘funny man’ with no real policy positions should be the 1st one to run to mw defense. you think its spam but it is certainly a legitimate take on the 3 events described. I don’t recall many pro-Israelis here (or elsewhere-though there were at least 2) claiming the Iran deal was not a big defeat for the pro-Israel lobby and the current gov’t. in Israel.

        But you know… continue your inane comments. its become your assumed role

  9. Kay24
    September 25, 2015, 4:10 pm

    Nice to know that there are some sane and decent people in Israel. The way the zionists operate, one gets the impression that they represent all people, especially because the leader of the dark side was voted again recently. It is nice to know that the occupation, illegal land grabs, and crimes against humanity, are found disgusting by small minority over there.
    Good for them.

    • eljay
      September 25, 2015, 4:12 pm

      || Kay24: Nice to know that there are some sane and decent people in Israel. … ||

      Yup. Not every Israeli is a hateful and immoral supremacist. The same cannot be said for Zio-supremacists.

      • DaBakr
        September 25, 2015, 6:53 pm

        @ej

        So–every Zionist, (or let’s say, every Israeli who identifies with Zionism or considers themselves pro-Zionist and which includes, surprisingly quite a few Druze, Christian Arabs and admittedly , a handful of Arab Israelis) is a “hateful and immoral supremacist? Just wondering what the parameters are around here.

        The only Israelis that are not “hateful supremacist and immoral” are the ones who advocate for the dissolution of the State of Israel as the democratic nation of Jews for a one state solution whereby the majority voters decide the name, form of gov’t, laws, rights, security and FP decisions being made by 1person/1vote(a system that is rarely in effect in any of the advanced industrial nations)? A system which would fairly quickly displace the Jewish Israelis as a nation with a Palestinian Arab majority that would not likely keep the name ‘Israel’ since it refers to the historic Jewish nation.

      • echinococcus
        September 25, 2015, 9:26 pm

        Bakr and the proof that there are stupid questions, no matter what you heard from Mrs Fuddy at school:

        So–every Zionist … is a ‘hateful and immoral supremacist?

        Well, duh! What a wake-up! Next thing he’ll even look up the definition…

      • eljay
        September 25, 2015, 9:53 pm

        || DaBakr: @ej

        So–every Zionist … is a “hateful and immoral supremacist? Just wondering what the parameters are around here. … ||

        IMO (since I’m not in any position to define “the parameters around here”), every Zionist is a hateful and immoral Zio-supremacist by virtue of the fact that s/he supports a form of supremacism.

        (I realize that you Zio-supremacists think your sh*t doesn’t stink, but all forms of supremacism – including yours – are hateful and immoral.)

        || … The only Israelis that are not “hateful supremacist and immoral” are the ones who advocate for the dissolution of the State of Israel as the democratic nation of Jews for a one state solution … ||

        IMO:
        – Israelis who advocate for the existence of Israel as a state of and for all Israelis, equally, are not hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists. Israelis who advocate for Israel as a state of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews are hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists.

        – I support a two-state solution comprising two secular and democratic states – Israel and Palestine (if that’s what the latter is to be called) – of and for their respective citizens, immigrants, expats and refugees, equally; along Partition borders (with Jerusalem as a Free City); honouring their obligations under international law; and accepting responsibility and accountability for their past and on-going (war) crimes.

      • talknic
        September 26, 2015, 2:55 am

        @ DaBakr “The only Israelis that are not “hateful supremacist and immoral” are the ones who advocate for the dissolution of the State of Israel as the democratic nation of Jews for a one state solution whereby …. etc etc …”

        If you say so pal. No one else here has

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