Spanish court scraps municipality’s unconstitutional, discriminatory boycott of Israel

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(JTA) — Pro-Israel activists in Spain obtained a court ruling voiding a municipality’s unconstitutional motion to boycott the Jewish state.

The 2nd Administrative Court of Castellón de la Plana delivered its ruling earlier this month on the June 2017 resolution to boycott Israel passed at the city council of Benlloch, a village of 1,115 inhabitants located in eastern Spain.

The resolution, which passed with the support of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party, declared Benlloch an “Israeli apartheid free space” and a supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

But the court ruled this act violated the principles of equality guaranteed in the Spanish constitution.

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The motion “compromises Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution by inciting and producing discrimination over circumstances of birth, race, gender, religion, opinion or any other personal or social circumstances,” the ruling read.

ACOM, a pro-Israel group that in recent years has led to the scrapping, annulment or suspension of 24 motions to boycott Israel by Spanish municipalities, on May 4 sued another three city councils over boycott motions passed in 2016. The three municipalities defending in court against ACOM’s allegations of discrimination are Puerto Real, Conil de la Frontera and Zahara de los Atunes – all located in southern Spain.

So far, Spanish tribunals, including two Supreme Courts, voided a total of 16 boycott motions passed by municipalities. Another seven municipalities voluntarily scrapped their own boycott motions under threat of legal action by ACOM and another one had its boycott motion suspended by a court injunction.

Meanwhile, the Committee for Solidarity with the Arab Cause, which receives funding from several municipalities in Spain, has filed a criminal complaint against ACOM for “intimidation.” Prosecutors are reviewing the complaint.

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