Casa Árabe (Arabic House) is a Spanish public consortium, led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, that operates as a strategic centre in the relations of Spain with the Arab world. The institution is also supported economically by the Autonomous Community of Madrid, the Autonomous Government of Andalusia and the City Councils of Madrid and Cordoba. The President of its Board of Directors is the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alfonso Dastis, and the Vice Presidencies are occupied by the respective Presidents of the Autonomous Regions and Cities mentioned above.
Since its foundation in 2006, Casa Árabe carries out, as stated in its web page, “its activities as an active platform and tool of the Spanish public diplomacy, integrating its actions in a solid Network of Houses together with House of America, Asia House, Africa House, House of the Mediterranean and Sefarad-Israel Centre”.
But behind an apparently harmless public declaration of intentions there is hidden, in its more than 10 years of existence, a hostile and permanent anti-Israeli agenda in all the fields of activity of Casa Árabe: academic, cultural and bibliographical. They are not isolated cases and they seem to follow a clear strategy of criminalization of Israel, of trivialization of the terrorism suffered by the Israeli society and, in a nutshell, the permanent acceptance of the theories that do not pursue peace in the region but the destruction of the only democracy in the Middle East.
Institutions like the Casa Árabe and similar ones have an annual budget of millions of Euros exclusively of public money. The sole use of a single taxpayers’ Euro in activities aimed at persecuting Jews and their right to a nation-state deserves the firmest reprobation by its main administrator, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as a firm revision of the contents of hate broadcasted from the Casa Árabe itself.
Below are some examples of that sick anti-Israeli obsession:
The PFLP, terrorist organization, sits down at the Casa Árabe
The event included the participation of Abdellatif M.A. Mohamed, Vice Director of the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) in the Palestinian Territories. PARC is known for its anti-Israeli rhetoric, launching false accusations and actively promoting the boycott of Israel.
– Organization of the university course “Palestine: half a century of occupation”. The title of the event “Palestine: half a century of occupation. A legal, political and human approach.” is in itself indicative of the biased nature of the “course”, which can hardly disguise its partiality and propaganda nature.
The conference was directed by the anti-Israeli activist Teresa Aranguren, sadly known for statements such as: “Hamas is not the problem of the Middle East; the problem is Israel”. The historian that intervened is another example of lack of academic rigour, many of his thesis on the conflict being publicly refuted.
The conference was directed by another “celebrity” of the militant anti-Israeli activism in Spain, the ex-correspondent of the Spanish Public Television RTVE in the Middle East, who was removed from her post after flagrant evidence of her bias.
Casa Árabe intended to host a conference with Omar Barghouti, founder of the anti-Semite movement of boycott of Israel. Also invited were the so-called “human rights activists” Manal Tamimi and Munther Amira.
– The association is presided by Abdo Tounsi, a furious anti-Israel activist, director of the magazine Palestina Digital, a libel oriented to criminalising everything Israeli, trivializing the Shoa and promoting hatred against Israel. He is the founder of the publishing group Tunsol.