Judicially annulled a new PSOE-PODEMOS agreement that discriminated against Israelis

•             The Contentious Administrative Court number 2 of Algeciras has annulled the boycott against Israel approved by the City Hall of San Roque (Andalusia).

•             The court indicates that despite the “supposedly innocuous nature” of the motion, it discriminates against any Israeli citizen, violating Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution: “there cannot be any discrimination for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or any other personal or social condition or circumstance”.

•             Thanks to the legal initiative of ACOM, 53 BDS-ELAI institutional agreements have been judicially annulled or by the local and/or public administrations themselves.

On 30 June 2016 the City  Hall of San Roque (population 30,472, Andalusia) declared said town as “Space Free of Israeli Apartheid”. ACOM filed an administrative contentious appeal against the measure, which immersed the town and its population in an evident discrimination for its adherence to the BDS-ELAI space. The motion, presented by PSOE, was approved with the votes in favour of the local brand of Podemos and the Partido Popular.

Now the Contentious Administrative Court number 2 of Algeciras on 11 November annulled this measure with a conclusive ruling:

“The plenary agreement annulled introduces a commitment of future action in matters of celebrating agreements and contracts that produces an unequal treatment to certain ‘Israeli institutions, companies, and organizations’ that has no justification or reason whatsoever”. The ruling adds “in this way, we are faced with a discrimination that is not based on objective and reasonable criteria, which violates the principle of equality of Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution”.

The court acknowledges that said section is aimed against the Israeli community, despite the fact that its supposedly innocuous nature referring to “institutions, companies and organizations of proven respect for international law and human rights in Palestine-Israel” leaves the door open to arbitrariness and can lead to the discrimination of any Israeli citizen.

It is worth remembering that this motion was promoted by the so-called Association for Human Rights of Andalusia (APDHA), which coordinates the BDS-ELAI campaign of hatred in the area of Andalusia, hand in hand with Podemos through its regional franchise, Adelante-Andalucía.

According to Ángel Más, President of ACOM, “in Spain the public authorities have subsidised an industry of hatred that has promoted anti-Semite discrimination with pretences of moral superiority and aspirations of impunity. But as long as Spain is a democracy with guarantees and our courts defend our constitutional liberties ACOM will expose those extremists and will recover the dignity for our Jewish minority threatened by the separatist extreme left of Podemos and their terrible allies of the Spanish left. And also, as is the case, when the liberal right joins with delight that wave of Jew hatred.