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Icelandic Leftist Poisons Robert Spencer Of Jihad Watch

Awful.  Wicked.

Last Thursday, I gave a lecture on the jihad threat at the Grand Hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland. Shortly thereafter, a young Icelandic Leftist registered his disapproval of what I said by poisoning me.

It happened after the event, when my security chief, the organizers of the event, and Jihad Watch writer Christine Williams, who had also been invited to speak, went with me to a local restaurant to celebrate the success of the evening.

At this crowded Reykjavik establishment, I was quickly recognized. A young Icelander called me by name, shook my hand, and said he was a big fan. Shortly after that, another citizen of that famously genteel and courteous land also called me by name, shook my hand, and said “F**k you.”

We took that marvelous Icelandic greeting as a cue to leave. But the damage had already been done. About fifteen minutes later, when I got back in my hotel room, I began to feel numbness in my face, hands, and feet. I began trembling and vomiting. My heart was racing dangerously. I spent the night in a Reykjavik hospital.

What had happened quickly became clear, and was soon confirmed by a hospital test: one of these local Icelanders who had approached me (probably the one who said he was a big fan, as he was much closer to me than the “F**k you” guy) had dropped drugs into my drink. I wasn’t and am not on any other medication, and so there wasn’t any other explanation of how these things had gotten into my bloodstream.

For several days thereafter I was ill, but I did get to Reykjavik’s police station and gave them a bigger case than they have seen in good awhile. The police official with whom I spoke took immediate steps to identify and locate the principal suspects and obtain the restaurant’s surveillance video.

Iceland is a small country. Everyone knows everyone else. And so as it happened, I was quickly able to discover the identity, phone number, and Facebook page of the primary suspect, the young man who claimed he was a “big fan.” I don’t intend to call him.  Icelandic police will be contacting him soon enough, if they haven’t done so already.

However, I did look at his Facebook page, and as I expected, I saw nothing that might indicate that he really was a “big fan” of my work, or that he held any views out of the mainstream — which is, courtesy of Iceland’s political and media elites, dominated entirely by the Left. JihadWatch

Iceland Prime Minister Resigns

Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson
Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson

The first, with more  probably to follow, from the fallout of the massive corruption exposed in the Panama Papers.

The Panama Papers leaks apparently resulted in a political casualty Tuesday when Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson resigned.

Gunnlaugsson had been under intense pressure to step down since leaked documents hacked from a Panamanian law firm revealed his links to an offshore company, triggering mass protests in the capital.

Iceland’s Capital To Change Ban On Israeli-made Goods

Photo by Marco Bellucci
Photo by Marco Bellucci

Reykjavik Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson issued a statement that the City Council would cancel its previously announced boycott of Israel products.

“I have stated that it should have been made much clearer in the text, although that’s what we had in mind. I will suggest to the City Council that the motion the way it reads now be withdrawn while we discuss the next steps and how to present it. … I must admit that I’m angry at myself for not having done this the way I wanted.”

The Mayor expressed surprise at the negative reaction to the boycott, “I did expect a reaction, but nothing like this. The reaction this decision has received appears to be much more intense than when Iceland recognized the state of Palestine.” The capital of Iceland has not given up and plans to modified its boycott of Israeli resolution to include only products from over the Green Line. YNet

Op-Ed: Iceland’s Anti-Semitism is Not New, It Just Resurfaced

This country of 328,000 people has enough anti-Semitic acts in its history to rival any other nation.
Recent developments in Iceland fit well in the long history of that country’s anti-Semitism. Last week, the left wing majority on the Reykjavik municipal council decided on a boycott of all Israeli products. In view of the protests, the city’s mayor now wants to replace it with a boycott of “settlement” goods. Read at Arutz Sheva-IsraelNationalNews

Iceland’s Capital Votes to Adopt Boycott of Israeli Products

Reykjavik photoUpdate:  Iceland Foreign Ministry makes clear Reykjavik’s boycott decision ‘doesn’t match state policy,’ Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, a spokesperson of the ministry stated,  “the city council of Reykjavik is one of 74 regional authorities in Iceland. As in other municipalities, the city council of Reykjavik is free to draft policy relating to its local issues, including its purchasing policy, as long as it is in accordance with national legislation.”

However, she said the decision to boycott Israel “doesn’t match the foreignpolicy of Iceland.” IsraelNationalNews

Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital city, has voted to adopt a boycott of Israeli products. A full boycott would mean giving up technology (computers,cell phones…), medical technology, etc.

Council members said the boycott was a symbolic act demonstrating the Icelandic capital’s support for Palestinian statehood and condemnation of Israel’s “policy of apartheid.”

Israel’s Foreign Ministry condemned the move, and, in an apparent reference to Iceland’s status as a hotbed of volcanic activity, said “a volcano of hatred spews forth from the Reykjavik city council building.

“For no reason or justification, except hatred for its own sake, calls of boycotting the state of Israel are heard,” the 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.”

One local attorney may step up to the task, the Icelandic news site, visir.is reported. Einar Gautur Steingrímsson claimed that the motion violates the Icelandic constitution.

“This is as illegal as refusing to do business with red haired people and it makes no difference whether they justify their decision with references to some alleged actions by the Israelis,” he told the website. TimesOfIsrael

Photo by Marco Bellucci

Icelandic Pagans To Build First Temple To Norse gods Since Viking Age

ThorgodofthunderModern paganism has increased in Europe. The growth of paganism in Europe corresponds with the decline of Christianity.  In England there are reportedly a quarter of a million who say they practice pagan religions. The Guardian reports, “Membership in [Norse paganism group] Ásatrúarfélagið has tripled in Iceland in the last decade to 2,400 members last year, out of a total population of 330,000, data from Statistics Iceland showed.”  In Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, construction will start this month building the first temple to the Norse gods since the Viking age.

The worship of the old Norse gods in Scandinavia gave way to Christianity about 1,000 years ago. The old gods and goddesses disappeared over time but some did not quite go away, but only withdrew into the shadows and a modern version of Norse paganism is increasing in popularity in Iceland.

Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, the high priest of ‘Asatruarfelagid’ an association that promotes Norse paganism, explained the modern manifestation of Norse paganism differs some from the past versions.   “I don’t believe anyone believes in a one-eyed man who is riding about on a horse with eight feet. We see the stories as poetic metaphors and a manifestation of the forces of nature and human psychology.”

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