Spain's Third-largest City Votes to Boycott Israel
Following a major Spanish cityâs vote to boycott Israel, the leader of Spainâs third-largest party called the Jewish state a âcriminal countryâ during an interview aired by a public television broadcaster.
Pablo Iglesias TurriÃ³n, leader of the Podemos far-left party, made the comment in an interview earlier this week on RTVE.
âWe need to act more firmly on an illegal country like Israel,â said Iglesias TurriÃ³n, whose party in 2015 won 20 percent of the votes in the general election just one year after its creation.
Last week, a motion promoted by a local fraction of Podemos on the City Council of Valencia, Spainâs third-largest city, was passed declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia a âIsraeli apartheid-free zone.â
Podemos has called for a blanket boycott of Israel and has accused its government many times of pursuing apartheid-like policies. However, calling Israelâs existence illegal is a new dev elopment.
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ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel group, said that Iglesias TurriÃ³nâs statement reflects anti-Semitism because Podemos does not consider any other country in the world illegal but Israel. ACOM also said that it has initiated legal proceedings against Valencia over its vote to join the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. In recent years, ACOM actions have led to the scrapping, annulment or suspension of 24 motions to boycott Israel by Spanish municipalities.
Tribunals in Spain, including the nationâs Supreme Court in two of its rulings, have voided a total of 16 boycott motions passed by municipalities. Another seven municipalities voluntarily scrapped their boycott motions under threat of legal action by ACOM. One municipalityâs boycott motion was suspended by a court injunction.
Last week, the Spanish Socialist Workersâ Party, which is the countryâs second largest, and Podemos passed a no-confidence vote that toppled the government of the center-right Popular Party over corruption charges.
This week, Spainâs Socialist prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, was sworn into office.Source: Google News Spain | Netizen 24 Spain