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Reykjavik, Iceland Councilmember Björk Vilhelmsdóttir and husband

BOYCOTT VIOLATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE TREATY

The sweet little town (population 120,000) of Reykjavik, you see, is itself disregarding – that is, violating – an international agreement. How? The Israeli boycott just passed by a majority of these Reykjavikers violates the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, as international law expert Eugene Kontorovich explained to the JewishPress.com.

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Imagine that.

The revised rules governing the WTO went into effect in April, 2014. Both Israel and Iceland are among the first ten parties who signed the revised WTO.

The very first principle of the WTO treaty is one of “non-discrimination.” This principle requires treaty parties to treat the goods and services of any other party no less favorably than it treats its own domestic goods, services and suppliers, or that of any other parties.

Oops.

But we’re not done yet.

The WTO also spells out its requirements for parties to the treaty regarding procurement. And guess what? The treaty forbids “rules of origin” to goods or services from another party that differ from those it applies to its own goods or services.

In fact, the basis for the WTO Agreement is to foster international trade and to avoid “discriminat[ion] among foreign suppliers, goods or services.”

And, oh yes, the WTO Agreement for Iceland also covers municipalities, Kontorovich pointed out, as clearly stated in its own Appendix I, Annex II.

Would there actually be any impact of the illegal Reykjavik boycott of Israel? Well, in 2013 the value of imported goods from Israel by Iceland was approximately 720,000,000 Icelandic Kroner, or about $5.6 million dollars worth. How much, if at all, the municipality of Reykjavik purchases from Israel is unknown, but likely very little. The City Councillors noted the act was mostly a symbolic one.

But the audacity of this self-righteous collection of busybodies who are so dim they endanger their own nation’s participation in the WTO is worth noting and reviling.

ISRAELI RESPONSE?

Israel, of course, would be within its rights to bring an action under the WTO Agreement against Reykjavik for violating the clear rules of the Agreement.

With such a slam dunk, we’re expecting to see some action by the Israeli government. Those who sit on their rights tend to lose their rights, as the saying goes.

TOURISM MAJOR ICELANDIC INDUSTRY

Perhaps Knesset Member Gilad Erdan, who was recently given a pile of money to deal with the BDS (Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel) Movement, will bring an action against Iceland for its blatant violation of the WTO.

In the meantime, most Americans contribute to Iceland primarily through tourism, which is Iceland’s biggest industry. In 2013, approximately 120,000 Americans passed through Iceland’s Keflavík international airport. Just thought you should know.

IcelandAir, Wow and Air Iceland are Icelandic airlines. Just sayin’.

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90 COMMENTS

  1. "Just to tell you all – many Icelanders, me included are shocked and very angry at this ridiculous boycott that the lefties at the Reykjavik council have agreed to! Let me assure you that the boycott is not supported by most Icelanders! The council is stupid enough to agree to something they have no place to do, is against the constitution and reeks of immorality! These are stupid and uninformed people that have no idea what they are doing and this will be protested! I for one will do my best to buy everything I can of israeli products and encourage everyone I know do to the same.

    I am very sorry and ashamed for my ignorant countrymen/women!"

  2. When Sveinn Rúnar Hauksson came out of a drug abuse in the 1970s and 80s, this man turned his ideological support from the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia to militant Palestinian organisations. Hauksson's support to the Palestinians seems to be endless verbal extremes and nearly always with analogies between Israel and Nazi-Germany. His rhetoric is an endless anti-Semitic Holocaust-relativism. See E.g. http://www.palestina.is/gamalt/greinar/archive/gr021.htm

    Reykjavík is heading for a computerless administration, thank to the wife of the pot-doctor and they have to throw out all the medicine for hospitals and medical service in the city, which they have bought from former Icelandic medicinal firm Actavis, which has been bought by Israel's TEVA. Even the main library system in Iceland, GEGNIR.IS, was created by an Israeli firm. No more reading for the Reykjavík's anti-Semitic Left.

  3. I am Icelandinc, I do not support the boycott of Israel product. The leftist government group of Reykjavík, just took a step that could destroy them politically. But Iceland is on a very very fine line right now those leftist so called forward thinkers are very vissible and seem to be growing and are quite literally ready to thorw this nation to the snakes (like dog can´t use dogs) Remember Israel will never be able to do anything right where these people are concerned but Israel can do something about Björk and her husband who are on their way to Gaza they have to go through Tel Aviv 😉

  4. There are obviously many Icelanders who recognize how utterly stupidly their capital city government is acting. We thank you!

    Jew hate is nothing new. We (most of us) realize the ban is ridiculous. They are not banning scientific developments (they will not choose filament cameras instead of open heart surgery … and laser treatment instead of most more painful dental surgeries). They're just banning the things they think they can get away with. No Jew hater gives up the technology that comes out of Israel. They just give up … well … "fruit". They're not giving up cell phones and computers.

    Let's recognize them for the dispicable hypocrites they are … and recognize there are decent Icelanders as well.

  5. Thank you to all the Icelanders who do not support these pathetic losers on the city council. Thank you for speaking up against their vile actions. God blesses those who bless Israel, and curses those who curse Israel. Whether religious or not, look around the world, and at history, and see that this is true. Europe decimated its Jews; the result is the Muslim takeover of Europe. Again, thank you to the good Icelandic people who take a stand against these idiotic fools.

  6. We were planning a family trip to Iceland for October. Now we will boycott that country for travel and avoid buying goods made there. A boycott has two sides. Millions of Jews and their frieds should teach the anti-semites a taste of their own medicine.

  7. If the idiots who boycott Israel had two brain cells to rub together, they would instead be boycotting the surrounding Arab nations, where thousands of women are murdered each year by their families in so-called honour killings, where gays and Christians risk death for openly being who they are or worshipping at churches. But these idiots never talk about that. Real human rights issues are not important as long as they can wallow in their hatred of Jews.

  8. It so happens to be that this council member of the leftist majority in City Council has been also a member of the antisemitic propaganda group Island-Palestina with her husband and they have subtely influenced council members and public with bias distorted and delusional picture of the conflict of Israel and Palestinian arabs. But there a lot people that are sad and angry in Iceland because of this hateful stand. G-d bless Israel.

  9. There are no such people as "Palestinian". They were invented in 1964 by Ahmed Shukeiry, the founderof the PLO. Read your Bible. G-D gave this land to us Jew's, 3350 years ago. The man on the cross, that you may witness on Sunday, was a JEW. We NEVER voluntarily abandoned our land. You gentiles expelled us, 2000 years ago.

  10. What occupation are you talking ? the Occupiation by Hamas in Gaza ? or the Occupation by the Romans 2000 years ago in the jewish land which they called Palestine? You make no sense Salmann Israel is in
    Palestine by defination even by the landmap. Do yo
    u have any special made landmap that proofs you point? even the Palestinian flag 1933 had the david star in it.. so The Palestinian Flag was all Jewish..Do you know anything in Human History Salmann because the way you talk you sound like an idiot..

  11. Salmann Tamimi Palestine is the name that was given to the Jewish Land it is the same land area that Israel opirates on today that you seem not understand . However Gaza strip is under Terrorist control " Hamas " and westbank " PLO,Fata which are also terrorist oganisasion so you must be asking for that so at the year 1900 in the Gaza strip and the westbank where 450.000 jews and the population did not exceed 1 million people. BTW Israel Cannot by any law occupy their own land but i do understand that you want to blame them how things have gone in Gaza and westbank but isn´t always the easiest way out to just blame the ones who are Stronger than you are. IF you care for you Brothers and sisters in your area then tell them to stop voting for Terrorists to run their area…

  12. I´m only 30% icelandic 70% French Canadian but i´m sorry for what the stupid Pro-Palestine Terrorists Bjork vilheimsdottir and svein runar hauksson in the Icelandic city council in Reykjavik did it is completely Anti-semetic and ugly act. However we here in Canada are so lucky to have many jewish citizens among us which we are greatful to have wonderful people i wish the icelanders where that lucky to get the change to live among the jewish people in their country. I´m ahsamed about this act i hope you will prosecute them for it or do anything at all to make them stop this Anti-Semitism which is only pure Hate. i whish you the best Shalom.

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