Last Thursday the High Court of the Spanish region of Asturias rejected the appeal of the Langreo Municipality to overturn the original decision of Court number 4 of Oviedo and confirmed its original ruling declaring Langreo City Council agreement to boycott Israel illegal.
The High Court upholds that the city council lacks competencies to decree an international boycott and to alter the European Directive and the national law on public procurement. In addition the High Court expands on the blatant unconstitutional discrimination and lack of neutrality that such a boycott would represent.
In addition, the High Court has legitimised ACOM’s anti boycott legal initiatives, expanding a previous constitutional doctrine on the matter that allowed any Jewish individual to sue for defamation against any Jew or Jewish community, and allowing this pro Israel group to take legal action based on discrimination or slander against Israelis.
This is the first time a high court has issued a judgement relating to BDS in Spain after a number of ordinary courts have ruled it unlawful throughout the country at the initiative of ACOM, putting an end to the impunity of its activities.