Spanish courts nullify 2 anti-Israel resolutions passed by local municipalities


With Spain having the highest number of anti-Israel municipal rulings in Europe, Spanish Courts have begun to take a hard line against the BDS movement, as panels of judges in Barcelona & Valencia begin overturning those decisions to boycott Israel.

By Amit Mizrahi


Judges in the Spanish cities of Valencia and Barcelona have overturned two anti-Israel decisions passed by Spanish municipalities under the auspices of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement (BDS).

The decisions were passed by the local councils of Xeraco, south of Valencia, and Olesa de Montserrat, near Barcelona in the Catalon region.

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In May of last year, Xeraco passed a decision not to sign any diplomatic agreement or contract in the fields of trade, agriculture, education or culture, or any agreement to cooperate with Israeli public entities, companies, or organizations in the field of security.

Panels of 10 judges in Valencia and Barcelona recently overturned the decisions, according to a report published Monday by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that quoted the pro-Israel Spanish organization ACOM.

In recent months, ACOM has managed to have anti-Israel decision passed by 12 local councils in Spain overturned.

Over 50 municipal councils in Spain that are home to over 2 million residents in total have adopted the principles of the BDS movement — the highest number of any European nation. The Spanish court system, however, has in recent months taken a hard line against BDS.


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