Court number 1 of Málaga issued yesterday, August 23, a preliminary restraining order stopping a boycott decision passed by the City Council of Vélez-Málaga, a city of 77,800 people in the Costa del Sol area.
Málaga has one the largest Jewish communities in Spain, with kehillot in Málaga, Marbella and Torremolinos. Málaga was home to Solomon ibn Gabirol (alt. Solomon ben Judah), the 11th-century Andalusian poet and Jewish philosopher, known in his time as ‘the Málagan’
Following the legal rationale of the claim submitted by ACOM, the City Council has given the Court notice of the intention to annul the boycott decision against Israel and companies doing business with this country.
Angel Mas, the President of ACOM who has filed court proceedings against the most prominent boycotts in Spain, revealed that “even as discriminatory motions are halted every month, the aggressive boycott campaign continues, with new anti-Semitic declarations being approved almost every week. In view of the success of our legal actions against them, the BDS campaign has started concealing to the public opinion these city council approvals in order to avoid out prompt court initiatives“. “Since last week, seven new cities with a total population of 406,000 have joined the boycott. We call every friend of Israel to join us in this effort to avoid impunity and create effective deterrence”
Until now, the courts have declared six city council boycott decisions in Spain null and void and seven more are effectively halted by preliminary restraining orders in court proceedings brought by ACOM.
“Thinly disguised under a veil of deceiving Human Rights narrative, the boycott campaign is nothing but plain discrimination on basis of national origin, affinities, and personal beliefs. This antisemitic initiative is an attack to our constitutional rights and freedoms” — said Ignacio Wenley Palacios, the ACOM lawyer leading the anti-boycott efforts in Spain