CANCELLED: the course on anti-Semitism taught by radical anti-Jewish group and sponsored by the Valencia Regional government has been suspended

ACOM welcomes the decision of the government of the Region Valencia in Spain to withdraw the teacher-training course on “Solidarity and human rights. Learning to teach against hatred and racism (Judeophobia, Islamophobia and Palestine-Israel)” organized and presented by the “BDS País Valencià” branch of the international BDS campaign.

The aforementioned group, that promotes hatred and discrimination against Jews and the Jewish State in Spain, even enlisted as instructor Jorge Ramos Tolosa, an activist, presently a defendant on a criminal case accused of promotion and incitement to hatred and discrimination against the Jewish singer Matisyahu five years ago.

Sadly, only from the utmost awkwardness, fierce sectarianism and a braided sense of impunity could the Department of Education of the Valencia Regional government conceive these lectures that even granted academic credits to its participants. This initiative, condemned in the international press, once again tarnishes Valencia’s name worldwide as a hot spot for hostility against the Jews.

The withdrawal of this teachers’ training comes after the intervention of prestigious international institutions such as The European Jewish Congress,  The American Jewish Committee,  The Anti-Defamation League,  B´nai B´rith or Simon Wiesenthal Centre. Also, Spanish politicians such as Toni CantóManuel VallsLuis GaricanoHermann Tertsch or Juan Carlos Girauta denounced this farce of the BDS campaign sponsored by the socialist, Catalan nationalists and Chavists that form the governing coalition in Valencia.

The Spanish courts of justice have already sentenced on the illegality and unconstitutional nature of the BDS campaign. ACOM, the main denouncer of the discourse of hatred and/or the discrimination because of ethnic and national reasons that this movement promotes, has achieved that 65 discriminatory agreements be annulled by court sentence or by the institutions themselves to date.