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Iceland - Anti-Semitism, Hamas Support Growing in Iceland

Published on: February 1, 2009 12:51 PM
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 A sign in a bicycle shop in Reykjavik, Iceland, announcing that Jews are not welcome. And no doubt the Jews are also to blame for the collapse of the country’s financial system. A sign in a bicycle shop in Reykjavik, Iceland, announcing that Jews are not welcome. And no doubt the Jews are also to blame for the collapse of the country’s financial system.

Iceland - Anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head in the capital of the island nation of Iceland, where the door of a bicycle shop displays a sign baldly stating “Judar Ekki Velkomnir”—“Jews Not Welcome Here.”

The word used on the sign, “Judar,” carries a derogatory connotation in the Icelandic language, according to the Icelandic native that brought the sign to the attention of the Jewish Agency for Israel. “Gydingur” is the correct neutral word for Jew, according to Vilhjalmur Orn Vilhjalmsson, who emailed information about the shop and its owner to a friend in Israel.

Vilhjalmsson, who has written about the Jews in Iceland for the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA)‘s Institute for Global Jewish Affairs, noted in a past article that no Jewish presence existed on the island prior to the 1930s.

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An article about the anti-Semitic sign and shop owner in Reykjavik appeared Thursday on Iceland’s DV.is news website , which also featured a photo of the owner in his shop.

An Aryan-looking man with light hair, the shop owner appears to be in his 60’s, possibly older, of medium build. The words “Hamas” and the Icelandic word for “solidarity” were mentioned in the caption below the photograph.

Also included in the article was information about the shop’s website, which includes an English-language page with information for tourists who wish to rent bikes. No warning about Jews being unwelcome is posted on the English page of the shop’s website.


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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

Well their government just collapsed so this is actually right on time.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:00 PM Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 11:55 AM Bugsy Siegel Says:

Funny, and there hardly are any Jews in Iceland. (Some Sephardim traded there a few hundred years ago. Mostly imports. Tobacco was mainly imported.)

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 11:54 AM Anonymous Says:

Antisemitism without Jews, has a Jew ever lived there?

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:44 PM seer Says:

the point being made ; media attention to what happened in gaza and the anti-israel attitudeof not being able to defend itself.eisav sonei l'yaakov, iceland, france you name the country all anti semetic. the goyim cannot tolerate a israrli victory. if you call it so. in the meanbtime they are sending rockets over askelon and other areas of the south of israel and they want israel to do nothing.the show is not over!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

I'm sure there were people who said the same thing in Spain in 1491.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:33 PM joseph Says:

Reply to #3  
Bugsy Siegel Says:

Funny, and there hardly are any Jews in Iceland. (Some Sephardim traded there a few hundred years ago. Mostly imports. Tobacco was mainly imported.)

thats exactly the point
anti semitism has nothing to do with jews behaving a certain way ,looking a certain way etc
"halacha hee"

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:00 PM zev Says:

Most of these People wouldn't know a Jew if it slapped them in the face,its just become a catch all term of abuse and blame for insecure people who know nothing about Jews.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 12:57 PM Ah! Says:

Who cares? Maybe they think some good ol' jew hating will warm them up?. Let those icelanders freeze in their frozen wasteland.Last i checked it was a record high of 19 degrees F .Ha!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:01 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Antisemitism without Jews, has a Jew ever lived there?

Yes, in fact the current first lady is jewish.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:46 PM Anonymous Says:

This news is to me most worrisome. No Jewish communities and no significant Jewish life but a striving antisemitism. This is frightning and dangerous

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:39 PM Melvin Says:

Well I guess the first lady will have to order he bicycle online

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 01:24 PM david Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

America is nice but NOT the Jewish homeland. You are only a ger here as well.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 03:34 PM =) Says:

Besides producing anchovies they hate Jews, good grief!!1

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
=) Says:

Besides producing anchovies they hate Jews, good grief!!1

their fame came and went with the Olympics in Lilihammer. Now they are back to their normal national passtime- Having snowball fights.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:32 PM Anonymous Says:

anyone have the phone number of the store

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:14 PM Stand Up Says:

I don't know about anyone else, but I won't be a pacified good little Jew, the times are over for that. It's a good thing I don't live there, because I swear I would throw a rock right through that smug little window. Violence is not always the answer, but places like this deserve to be ruined.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:14 PM Anonymous Says:

for those uniformed, the president of iceland has a wife who happens to be Israeli. Mossayeff is her name.interesting.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 04:11 PM egghead Says:

Can anyone get this guys address, phone number, so we can give him a call just like we did to that guy in new zeland

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 05:47 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
Anonymous Says:

Antisemitism without Jews, has a Jew ever lived there?

First, in a large portion of the world, especially without a large jewish population, there is virtually no distinction made between "Jews" and "Isrealis". I've been to Iceland many times, wear a Kippah, and have NEVER encountered any antisemtic behavior. This guy is a nut just like the guy in New Zealnd...there is a lot more antisemtisim in the UK, France and Italy than in Iceland

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 05:59 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #6  
Anonymous Says:

I'm sure there were people who said the same thing in Spain in 1491.

Spain had had a centuries-long history of anti-Semitism before the expulsion. The "golden age" was long past by then.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 06:41 PM Daniel H. Says:

What's new??

Another retarded arien inbred anti-semite who has been eating his own vomit!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 07:03 PM mottel Says:

well the jewish first lady is just going to have get used to riding around on a flat tired bicycle then. teach her a lesson for marrying a non-jew

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 06:27 PM Eli Says:

I'm glad their economy is in the ground, let these bigots suffer and hunger.......

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 06:06 PM Anonymous Says:

The government of Iceland ripped off billions of Jewish British Pounds Sterling how pathertic

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 07:21 PM Avraham Abba Says:

Hey Iceland, you think you are fair because you of the humanity lost when the Jews attacked Gaza, right?
Did you have even one protest when Hamas was attacking humans with more than 7,000 rockets during the past three years? Even one?
Not even one protest because you don't consider the Jews as humans.
Guess what Iceland?...as the Moslems slowly but surely influence you and eventually take you over, which of course is their real goal, it will be our turn to just sit back and watch the show.
Bye bye Icelandson.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 07:14 PM srg from n m b Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

why america? they should becomeing to israel the land of milk and honey.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 07:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
zev Says:

Most of these People wouldn't know a Jew if it slapped them in the face,its just become a catch all term of abuse and blame for insecure people who know nothing about Jews.

Jakie mason use to say, a lot of goiyim told their kids to despise Jews, but they forget the reason why.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 07:31 PM Anonymous Says:

This incident is an evidence that anti semiticem against the Jews not the Israelis, like the blame the Jews are at fault on everything, the Israeli situation is only an excuse!

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 08:08 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

First, in a large portion of the world, especially without a large jewish population, there is virtually no distinction made between "Jews" and "Isrealis". I've been to Iceland many times, wear a Kippah, and have NEVER encountered any antisemtic behavior. This guy is a nut just like the guy in New Zealnd...there is a lot more antisemtisim in the UK, France and Italy than in Iceland

If I remember correctly, the guy in NZ was a Muslim, so at least he has some shaichus to the Gaza situation. This guy is just an old-fashioned anti-Semite.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 09:53 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

You should have said Israel

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 09:25 PM Rippin Pinchas Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

their fame came and went with the Olympics in Lilihammer. Now they are back to their normal national passtime- Having snowball fights.

Lilihammer is in Norway, not Iceland.

What about renting a dog sled to navigate those snowy streets?

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 08:47 PM Kop Doktar Says:

Sounds like it is time to open a Chabad House in Iceland.

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 Feb 01, 2009 at 10:53 PM murray Says:

Reply to #33  
Kop Doktar Says:

Sounds like it is time to open a Chabad House in Iceland.

Do you have to put a mezzuzah on an igloo?

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 09:25 AM Akiva S. Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

I dont see any reason why Jews still have to live all other the world! Why dont they all come to America, to live a safe peacfull life!!!

Don't we also have a country known as Israel we can live in?

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 11:22 AM TW Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Yes, in fact the current first lady is jewish.

She's no longer the first lady, as of this weekend...there's a new prime minister in Iceland.

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 02:56 PM Kop Doktar Says:

Reply to #35  
Akiva S. Says:

Don't we also have a country known as Israel we can live in?

Chazal tell us that during the duration of golus, it is a chesed that HB"H spread the yidden among various nations. How dare you advocate that all yidden live in America or for that matter in EY?

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 04:24 PM Bendt Says:

I lived in Iceland for 7 years. There was never any intolerance then; but when people are pushed too far financeally; they will, as the Germans did in the 30´s, push back; and try to find a scabegoat. And most certainly, who will blame one self, not the Icelanders, you yourself, ran your country bankrupt. You did as you did the last time; you borrowed money to pay of loans. LIFE DOES NOT WORK LIKE THAT. GET A GRIP.

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 Feb 02, 2009 at 11:29 PM Jewish Princess Says:

Reply to #28  
Anonymous Says:

Jakie mason use to say, a lot of goiyim told their kids to despise Jews, but they forget the reason why.

True, true and true again! We can never become too comfortable and lulled by the false security around us. I don't mean to sound paranoid, but that's been the story since we went into galus. We are only sojourning here temporarily, awaiting our Redemption.

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