On March 9, 2011 – The BBC reported that property tycoons Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz were arrested as part of an investigation into the collapse of Icelandic bank Kaupthing. However, it was not mentioned that the two brothers were Israeli citizen and their father, Victor Tchenguiz, was an Iranian Jew and the royal jeweller of King Reza Shah (d. 1979). According to The Telegraph (March 6, 2010), Vincent Tchenguizs once dated Dorrit Moussaieff, the Israeli-born Jewish wife of Iceland’s President Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.
Now, why I am mentioning this Jewish power in the tiny country Iceland with a population of 320,000? Well, the other day, I read Manfred Gerstenfeld’s Op-ed in Israeli daily YNet (July 18, 2011), entitled ‘Iceland against Israel’. Dr. Manfred is a political activist and Chairman of Board of Fellows at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. His grievances against Icelanders are not much different to the anti-Israel activities of Norwegians, which really scares me.
Manfred list many reasons to slam Iceland as Anti-Semitic - highlighting Iceland government’s “considerable arrogance toward Israel“.
Iceland’s FM Ossur Skarphedinsson visited Hamas territory Gaza last week. He promised Palestinians Iceland’s support in their bid for statehood at the next United Nations General Assembly. He studiously avoided any diplomatic contact with Israel on that trip but visited Jordan and Egypt. Earlier this month, the Icelandic Birgitta Jonsdottir was the first parliamentarian of any country to visit participants of the Israeli sabotaged Gaza flotilla II.
During 2010 United Nations General assembly meeting – Iceland’s foreign minister spoke out against Israel. When FM Lieberman wrote to him on this issue, Skarphedinsson did not answer. He did not even confirm receipt of Lieberman’s letter. Skarphedinsson also ordered Icelandic diplomats to remain in the hall while Iranian President Ahmadinejad spoke at the Durban review conference in Geneva in 2009. Diplomats from almost all other European countries left.
The Icelandic Parliament had condemned Israel and some members suggested placing sanctions on the Zionist entity or even breaking off relations with it. When the Olmert government sent Minister Yuli Tamir to Europe during the Gaza invasion (2008-09) , Iceland refused to receive her.
In the 17th century, Icelandic clergyman Hallgrimur Pétursson composed a wide selection of hymns. In these hymns, Jews are mentioned more than 50 times, yet only for their “perfidy, falseness, wickedness and other malice.”
Iceland had refused to prosecute Evald Mikson who allegedly murdered Jews in his native Estonia until 1993. Mikson had found refuge in Iceland where his sons played in the national soccer team. Iceland’s President Olafur Grimsson had the nerve to comapre Mikson with Israeli murder of Hezbollah leader Abbas Musawi and of Israeli attacks on southern Lebanese towns.
In 2005, Iceland granted citizenship to former world chess champion, anti-Zionist Bobby Fischer who happens to have Jewish ancestry.
And finally Manfred’s humor. Iceland is pro-Muslim because it is trying to become a non-permanent member of UNSC for which it needs Muslim votes at the UN General assembly and Icelanders’ anti-Semitism is due to the fact that only a few Jews live in that country.
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