Trondheim approves boycott of Israeli settlement goods

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Trondheim approves boycott of Israeli settlement goods
Trondheim as seen from Nidaros Cathedral. Photo: Marianne Løvland / NTB scanpix

The Trondheim City Council on Thursday approved a plan to boycott all Israeli goods and services that are produced in settlements in the the occupied Palestinian areas, Addresseavisen reported.


The resolution states that Israel continues to aggressively pursue its policy of occupation. 
“Illegal settlements are expanding, the construction of the wall continues, Palestinians are subjected to daily harassment and face major obstacles in their daily lives. This is a policy that Trondheim Municipality cannot support. The municipality will therefore refrain from purchasing goods and services produced in the occupied territories,” it reads. 
The city council is also asking residents of Norway's third largest city to personally boycott settlement goods and services. 
In 2014, Labour presented a proposal to parliament calling for a nationwide boycott of Israeli goods produced in the occupied territories. The proposal was supported by left-wing parties but rejected by government parties the Conservatives and the Progress Party as well as the Christian Democrats. 
Foreign Minister Børge Brende said he will not recommend Norwegians to boycott the Israeli settlements, although he has explicitly stated that the settlements are illegal. That same position is held by the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
“In regards to the issue of taking action against the import of goods from the settlements, we have no tradition in Norway to unilaterally initiate sanctions or restrictive measures against other countries,” Brende told NTB two years ago. 
The Trondheim boycott was supported by the Labour Party, Socialist Left Party, Green Party and the Red Party and opposed by the Conservatives, Progress Party, the Pensioner’s Party, Christian Democratic Party and Centre Party. 


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