An estimated 3,000 people gathered in Ingólfstorg square in downtown Reykjavík yesterday evening to protest the ongoing Israeli military operations in Gaza.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has allocated ISK 12 million (USD 104,000, EUR 77,700) to two United Nations programs operating in Gaza in light of the humanitarian crisis in the region.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson released a statement before the weekend expressing his condolences to the families and friends of the people on board flight MH17 plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine last week.
Katrín Júlíusdóttir, MP and vice-chair of the Social Democrats, has called for an end to diplomatic relations with Israel in response to the current situation in Gaza.
Since alternate MP for the Progressive Party Þorsteinn Magnússon’s resignation from the party last week, several other party members have followed suit.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson refuses to comment on whether or not he will complete his term or step down, as he had suggested he might during the election campaign in 2012 if the political situation in Iceland became stable.
Þorsteinn Magnússon resigned yesterday as Alternate MP for the Progressive Party citing the party’s handling of the mosque issue.
Former minister for foreign affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson, says it is far from true that Jean-Claude Juncker, the newly elected president of the European Commission, has closed the door on Iceland’s accession talks, as Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, current minister for foreign affairs, has claimed.
Björk Vilhelmsdóttir, a member of the Reykjavík City Council for the center-left Social Democrats, called on consumers to boycott all Israeli products earlier this week in response to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.