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Protest at US Embassy in Reykjavík on Nakba Day

By Yelena

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Photo: Félagið iÍsland-Palestína / Facebook.

A group of locals gathered in front of the US Embassy to Iceland in Reykjavík yesterday afternoon to protest the United States’ ongoing support of Israel’s actions in Gaza. The event was also held to mark Nakba Day, a commemoration of the permanent displacement of a majority of the Palestinian people in 1948 preceding the establishment of Israel.

The event featured speeches from a Palestinian from Gaza and from a US citizen as well as a performance by Bashar Murad, a Palestinian musician residing in Iceland. Protesters called on the United States to stop sending weapons and funds to Israel. The protest was organised by the Iceland-Palestine Association, founded in 1987.

Protest Icelandic government response

Locals in Iceland have held regular protests since October 7 calling on the Icelandic government to condemn Israeli authorities for their actions and use its influence to call for a ceasefire in the conflict. Iceland abstained from voting on a ceasefire in an emergency meeting of the UN in October but voted in support of a ceasefire at a later UN meeting.

Locals have also criticised the Icelandic government for dragging its feet in extracting Icelandic visa holders from Gaza and suspending funding to UNRWA in January. The country reinstated UNRWA funding in April 2024.

 

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