In a massive blow to the Boyotts, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a Spanish High Court of the Asturias region, upheld a decision last week, declaring a Langreo City Council agreement to boycott Israel illegal.
This marks the first time that a High Court in Spain has issued a judgment relating to BDS, thanks to the legal actions brought forth by ACOM, a pro-Israel lobby group working to combat BDS in Spain.
ACOM’s president Angel Mas recently told The Jerusalem Post that the call for a boycott against Israel is part of a “growing trend in Spain among local municipalities.”
According to Mas, this past year alone saw some 60 municipalities declare a boycott of Israel – some knowingly while others are misled into declaring their cities “Free of Israeli Apartheid” by anti-Israel activists.
With each declaration, ACOM has provided a first line of defense, bringing forth legal action against each and every municipality that has declared a boycott.
“We have to create the opposite deterrence, letting them know that there are consequences for their actions,” Mas said, “Otherwise they [BDS] will win.”
ACOM filed legal action against the Langreo City Council when they initially declared the boycott and the Court Number 4 of Oviedo ruled in its favor, declaring the municipality’s actions against Israel illegal.
Source: Jerusalem Post