Tensions run high over Finnish boycott of Israel


^^^Nice sign. The Finns have had it with Israel.

Finnish World Village Festival’s decided on Monday to prevent the Jewish National Fund (JNF) from attending next week’s exhibition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) held annually in the Finnish capital, Helsinki.
The JNF was informed that it is not permitted to participate in the event due to “the existence of question marks on the legitimacy of its activities.”
Following the incident, Israel’s ambassador to Finland, Dan Ashbel, contacted the Finnish Foreign Ministry officials to express anger over the decision, but the ministry responded that “it is a private event that the Finnish Foreign Ministry has no impact on.”
The Finnish branch of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions hailed the decision, describing it as a victory for the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
Meanwhile, in Brussels, the EU threatens to act against Israel if it doesn’t resume peace talks:
The European Union has threatened to impose economic and diplomatic sanctions against Israel if it does not resume peace talks with the Palestinians. According to Yedioth Ahranothnewspaper, the international community has renewed its interest in the Palestinian issue with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini scheduled to arrive in Tel Aviv next week to meet with senior Israeli officials before visiting Ramallah to meet with senior Palestinians.
But, of course this is likely all talk, as usual. Nevertheless, all this chatter makes ilife uncomfortable for Israel. Well deserved for the daily terror they visit on Palestinians.


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