ACOM presents an appeal against the City Hall of Barcelona

On January 16, the General Assembly of Action and Communication on the Middle East (ACOM) has decided to present a contentious-administrative appeal against the following agreements, against the rest of the complementary points of such agreements, and against the acts and administrative resolutions derived from them:

AGREEMENT OF THE GENERAL MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF BARCELONA adopted in ordinary session on 24 November 2023 and contained in SECTION D), b), 1 of the MINUTES of said meeting, whose object is a group of statements and decisions adopted in the context of the conflict arisen as a consequence of the terrorist attacks perpetrated in southern Israel at the beginning of October 2023, declaring, among other things, that there is an illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories, and finally agreeing on the need to include clauses in the regime of public hiring to guarantee that no operator belongs to or carries out financial operations, investments, purchases or hirings, as well as other economic activities that violate International Law or Human Rights in Gaza, as well as suspends institutional relations with the current government of Israel.

We already denounced the discriminatory decree of the previous governing team of the City Hall of Barcelona against Israel, camouflaged by Mrs Colau as a breaking of the twinning with Tel Aviv. After the social pressure and the opening of legal cases initiated by ACOM, that resolution was reversed by the new team in Barcelona. Now we see it was a mere farce to escape the scrutiny of the courts. But just as the left and the separatism continue their hostility towards the Jewish State, we will continue without dismay our permanent battle against the intolerant: the Jew-hating and anti-Israeli statements and financing cannot be normalised.

Thanks to the legal initiative of ACOM, a reference group of the Spanish civil society that fights against antisemitic discrimination and the harassment of the only Jewish State, 87 institutional agreements have been annulled to date; 10 of them backed by Higher Courts of Justice around the country; and what is more important, by the Supreme Court. All the rulings have pointed out the unconstitutionality and illegality of these excluding measures that violate our common coexistence framework.