Iceland to Boycott Israeli Products?

Residential and commercial buildings stand on the city skyline in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Creditors of Iceland's three biggest failed banks are fighting for a waiver to krona controls imposed in 2008 amid risks pay-outs will be delayed beyond 2015. Photographer: Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Photographer: Arnaldur Halldorsson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

I can hardly spell it, but I recognize the name Reykjavik, as Iceland’s capital and the site of high-stakes diplomacy, back in 1986, between President Ronald Reagan and the Soviet Union leader, Mikhail Gorbachev.  Now, Reykjavik is in the news, not for Iceland’s alleged whale plundering but for its political correctness, in planning to boycott Israeli products.

Icelanders capital’s city council is discrete and selective by not boycotting any other country—not those who kill gays for being gay, declare women to be second-class citizens, or exploit poor Pakistani children in cruel and dangerous work environments. Countries run by genocidal dictators, missile-rattling tyrants, and narcissistic conquerors are exempted from Icelandic condemnation. Only Israel, the small, single, Jewish State, is to feel the cold of Reykjavik’s newly acquired moral sensibilities and alleged social justice. The modern leaders of this North Atlantic nation now want to boycott the only democratic nation in the Middle East, by following the wondrous example of anti-Semitism, set by Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Refused admission and absorption by neighboring countries in the Arab world, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those Palestinians who fled from the new nation of Israel in 1948, are made permanent victims by the Arab world and made to fester for generations, without “refuge,” in U.N. run “refugee” camps. As the Free Syrian Army (FSA) threatens strongman Bashar al-Assad for control of Syria, these Palestinian refugees have been caught in the deadly crossfire, across the border from Israel.

The Jewish State of Israel would permit Palestinians in Syria—there are an estimated 500,000—to return to the territories under Palestinian Authority control if they would give up any claims to return to Israel. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, rather than seeking to rescue his own Palestinian people, has said that it is better for them to die in Syria than give up their “right” of return.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi has taken the unprecedented step of allowing the Palestinian refugees to escape almost certain death in Syria, by proposing to resettle them in the Sinai Peninsula. Again, Abbas has said no. This Palestinian “leader” would rather see his people slaughtered in Syria than give up a “right” to replace the Jewish state, through resettlement in Israel proper.

One pundit has suggested that the Reykjavik city council might at least be consistent and also boycott all the advances Jews and Israelis have made in recent years in medicine and technology. Indeed, God has promised to bless those who bless the Jews and to curse those who curse them.

Do you think that includes boycotting them?


About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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