According to ACOM, an Israel lobby group working to combat BDS in Spain, last month the Santa Eulalia City Council, an exclusive residential area and the second most populated municipality on the island, endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel in its plenary session.
ACOM explained that the endorsement commits the city to “support the BDS campaign, the boycott against Israeli and pro-Israel institutions, companies and organizations, including Spanish nationals associated or sympathetic to the Jewish state.”
The council agreement essentially declares the area of Santa Eulalia, a popular international tourist attraction, a “Space Free of Israeli Apartheid” and calls on the municipal government to execute the boycott agreement, ACOM said.
The boycott proposal was initiated by the far left municipal group Guanyem, part of the Podemos party network and was approved with the favorable votes of the Socialist Party and the conservative People Party (PP), the ruling party of Prime Minister Rajoy in Spain which also enjoys an overall majority in Santa Eulalia town hall.
Podemos, a rising political party, with reported ties to the Iranian and Venezuelan regimes, obtained 20% of the last national elections\’ vote and 71 seats in the Spanish Parliament. It also controls the city councils of main cities such as Madrid and Barcelona.
According to ACOM, Podemos has used its presence in local governments over the last 10 months to promote an aggressive institutional BDS campaign that to date has declared 50 city councils throughout the country "free of Israeli apartheid" – declarations which continue on a weekly basis.
These regulations aim to exclude Israeli interests, and also Spanish citizens friendly to Israel, from civic, social, political and economic life, creating a modern “Judenfrei oil spill,” ACOM said.
To counter this massive rise in pro-BDS declarations, ACOM has pressed legal charges against every single public institution and local government that has adopted an anti-Israel declaration.
To date 24 court rulings, writs, reports by the State Prosecutor’s Office and town hall legal departments have backed up the nullity of institutional agreements supporting the BDS initiatives.
As a result of the ACOM’s legal actions, nine courts in Spain have already ruled the BDS declarations are “illegal, discriminatory, unconstitutional and against Human Rights,” reversing the decisions of the city councils.
“ACOM urges the city council of Santa Eulalia in Ibiza and its Mayor Vicente Mari Torres to reverse immediately the discriminatory boycott agreement that goes directly against the many Israeli and pro-Israel residents and visitors to Ibiza,” the group said in a statement.
“We also demand that the ruling Partido Popular of Prime Minister Rajoy instructs its different local authorities to actively oppose these declarations. The Spanish Government should also act proactively through its State Attorney against such unconstitutional agreements so that it is not just up to private organizations such as ACOM to fight against blatant antisemitism exercised by public authorities in Spain,” ACOM said.
The organization said it will also seek legal remedies in order to “redress this blatant act of discrimination” by the Santa Eulalia City Council.
Samuel Parra, the City Council’s spokesperson told The Jerusalem Post that the City Council did not vote to support a boycott against Israel, but rather voted to support a statement of solidarity and agreement with the UN resolutions regarding Israel.
He iterated that it is the Council\’s policy not to discriminate based on faith, religion, and race as well as on the basis of national origin.