ACOM’s legal siege on discriminatory, judeophobic and philo-jihadist practices with regard to boycott initiatives against the Jewish state and Spanish advocates of Israel is unstoppable in Spain: 24 court rulings, writs, reports by the Prosecutor’s Office and town clerks backing up the nullity of institutional agreements supporting the aforesaid initiatives.
On July 26, 2016, a court ruling suspended the effects of a local boycott against Israel in Olesa municipality (24.000 inhabitants), Barcelona.
The Court acknowledged that local boycott agreements against Israel may be brought before Spanish courts, thus rebutting the points contained in the report commissioned in Febraury 2016 by the Solidarity Network against the Occupation of Palestine (Red Solidaria contra la Ocupación de Palestina, in Spanish) -a cluster that gathers the anti-Semitic groups and associations involved in the boycott campaign-, that is being disseminated among town halls.
The Judge stated that the boycott agreement produced legal effects, thus creating obligations and material effects, even in the absence of implementing acts, when these effects are only potential: “The sheer existence of a local agreement of this nature implies the possibility of denying participation to any entity or person of Israeli nationality or origin in any contract or activity sponsored by the City Council”, stated the Judge.
On the other hand, Madrid Court number 4 suspended the boycott agreements against Israel adoped by Rivas Vaciamadrid (85.000 inhabitants) City Council, through a writ issued on July 29, 2016. These agreements were incorporated into the motion of adherence to the BDS movement, as proposed by “Podemos” and “Izquierda Unida” (both far-left).
The motion encompassed an explicit commitment “to not establish any political, trading, agricultural, educational, cultural, sporting or security deal, contract or agreement with Israeli institutions, companies or organizations”.
Under the aforementioned agreements, the City Council “commits itself to not establish any political, trading, agricultural, educational, cultural, sporting or security deal, contract or agreement with institutions, companies or organizations involved, participating or deriving economic benefit from violations of international law and human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory or the Golan”.
Ultimately, on Friday, July 29, a boycott motion against Israel was defeated in a plenary session in La Guardia (11.000 inhabitants, north of the country). The adherence to the BDS movement was proposed by “Podemos” (far-left) and BNG (separatist far-left). In the days prior to the voting session, ACOM made contact with local political groups, providing them with accurate information on the actual goals of the BDS movement, that is, the destruction of the only Jewish state in the world and discrimination against all those in Spain who support it.