Iceland’s capital city council members on Wednesday voted to boycott Israeli imports to the country to demonstrate their support for Palestine.
The Reykjavik municipality passed the motion to ban Israeli imports “as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories,” Iceland Magazine reported.
Council members said the boycott was symbolic of Icelandic support for Palestinian statehood and a condemnation of Israel’s “policy of apartheid.”
Israel’s foreign minister condemned the move, calling the ban a “volcano of hatred,” in reference to volcanic activity on the European island nation.
“For no reason or justification, except hatred for its own sake, calls of boycotting the state of Israel are heard,” the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement. “We hope someone in Iceland will come to their senses and end the one-sided blindness fielded against Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East.”
The Icelandic ban comes as Israel battles the EU’s push to label products from its settlements.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently evoked Nazi Germany to criticize the EU’s potential labeling motion.
Many Europeans consider Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank illegal under international law and a threat to finding peace in the Middle East. Washington Times