ACOM requests the Government’s Delegate Office to forbid a demonstration that glorifies terrorism

ACOM requests the Government’s Delegate to forbid a demonstration in Madrid that glorifies terrorism and incites hatred against the Israeli and Jewish communities.

A demonstration has been arranged for 27 January 2024 at 16:00 h with the slogans “A march united against the genocide. Stop the genocide now. Free Palestine from the river to the sea. Breaking of relations, arms embargo, and sanctions.

Among the supporters of the demonstration is the terrorist group Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), classified as a terrorist organisation by the European Union in the same catalogue that includes groups such as Hamas or the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (execution regulation (EU) 2022/147 of the Council, 3 February 2022, which applies Article 2, Section 3 of the Regulation (EC) No 2580/2001 on specific restrictive measures aimed at determined persons and entities in order to fight terrorism, and repeals Execution Regulation (EU) 2021/1188).

This is an extremely serious matter, that a terrorist group operates with total freedom on Spanish soil, organising public demonstrations that invoke the murder of persons for their ethnic, religious, or national origin; but equally serious is the use of the slogan as a main claim “Free Palestine, from the river to the sea”, which refers directly and particularly to the proposal of Hamas and other terrorist organisations to exterminate the State of Israel, denying in an absolute manner its own right to exist.

This type of slogans has given place elsewhere to violent actions carried out in the same demonstration or public event against persons identified as not related to the cause or directly as Jews.

ACOM has requested that the demonstration be forbidden by the Government’s Delegate Office in the Community of Madrid, the institution competent to forbid or suspend said obscene show of hatred, according to the Organic Law 9/1983 of 15 July, which regulates the freedom of assembly, and the Organic Law 4/2015 of 30 March of protection of public safety. And following the strict criterion marked by our Penal Code, which forbids acts that promote hatred for ideological or religious motives.

We make the Government’s Delegate in Madrid responsible for any breach of public safety, any act of incitement to hatred or glorification of terrorism, any decrease of the wellbeing of any citizen, any aggression, present or future, against Jews, against Israelis, or against anyone who does not share the genocidal slogans of the demonstration, if they should occur.

In its commitment to defend democracy, ACOM will continue to unmask in all areas, from the legal to the media, all the actions carried out by the antisemites who, with their false solidarity with the Palestinian people, intend to curtail the freedoms of Jews in Spain, in their desire to constantly harass the only Jewish State in the world and the only democracy in the Middle East.