The Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism

legal action taken against 24 Spanish city councils over BDS support

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Two dozen Spanish city councils are facing legal action for promoting “antisemitic discrimination” by endorsing the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, a Madrid-based group behind the lawsuits said this week.

ACOM said the city councils in questions have approved measures describing themselves a “Space Free of Israeli Apartheid,” in support of BDS. The declarations amount to discrimination “for reasons of race, religion, beliefs or national origin,” in violation of the Spanish constitution, according to the group.

The legal actions, began in the first quarter of the year, were taken against city councils that are largely led by the far-left Podemos party and other “extreme left political parties that promote institutional incitement of hatred and the discrimination against Jews,” ACOM said.

They include, in part, the city councils of Barbate, Conil de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia, Cabezón de la Sal, Reinosa, and Torrelavega.