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The boycott against Israel declared illegal in Gran Canaria

Last 26 December the Court number 4 of Gran Canaria issued its decision on the civil proceedings presented by Ángel Mas, President of ACOM: the boycott approved on 27 November 2015 by the Council of Gran Canaria is ILLEGAL.
Since 2015, 21 canarian towns, with a combined population of 850,000 inhabitants, receiving more than 4,2 million of tourists in a single year, have lived under this Judenfrei regulation.

This decision to boycott proclaimed the island “space free from the Israeli apartheid”, affiliated the Council to the international boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign (BDS) against Israel and compromised the institution, its public bodies and civil servants to abstain from cooperating with Israel in areas such as agriculture, education, commerce, culture or security. The Council also agreed to support the BDS in all its campaigns to boycott commercial, cultural, sports, academic or institutional activities.

The Court rejected the argument presented by the Council that the decision to boycott was just a political statement, insisting that the actions and declarations of the public bodies are subjected to the Rule of Law and are under the legal control of the courts of law. The sentence declared that the Council of Gran Canaria is not competent to adopt such a resolution.

Far from being just a declaration of principles, the agreement requires executive powers to apply the boycott and commit to its objectives, exceeding the powers given to town councils, given that boycotts are outside the reach of any local interest and are not related to the solving of local problems particular to the citizens of Gran Canaria (850,000 inhabitants).

The Court underlined that the impugned agreement is discriminatory and is not in accordance with the principle of neutrality and objectivity that must preside the actions of the Council.

Thanks to the legal initiative of ACOM the legal siege against the discriminatory and anti-Semite initiatives of the boycott to the Jewish state and to the Spanish citizens who sympathise with Israel is unstoppable in our country: with this new sentence there are 14 boycott agreements annulled by the courts of law (including 2 sentences of Higher Courts of Justice), 7 institutions that have voluntarily withdrawn said agreements after our legal action and 2 town councils have their agreements judicially suspended until the definitive sentence.

With these legal initiatives we have also exposed the clear link between all the different movements of boycott against Israel, which glorify terrorism and do not look for a negotiated solution, but the destruction of the Jewish state.