The city of Lérida is the latest Spanish city to reject a motion to boycott Israel.
The City Council of Lérida, Spain last Friday rejected a motion to boycott Israelis and companies doing business with Israel.
The Lawfare Project, a think tank describing itself as the “legal arm of the pro-Israel community,” said it “provided court decisions and legal reasoning, which were discussed during the council’s debate, demonstrating that the boycott motion was unconstitutional and in breach of anti-discrimination laws.”
Angeles Ribes, a member of the City Council, affirmed that “boycotts by public offices are simply illegal.”
Last November, The Lawfare Project took legal action that successfully reversed a decision to boycott Israel by a different Spanish city council in Sant Adrià de Besòs.
Several Spanish cities have rejected resolutions supporting BDS, or have reversed resolutions supporting the anti-Israel campaign.
In January, the Town Hall of Sant Quirze de Vallès, a residential town of some 20,000 inhabitants near Barcelona, was forced to reverse a resolution supporting a BDS campaign and boycotts of Israel after a Barcelona court ruled that the resolution was discriminatory.
Sant Quirze was the 10th municipality in Spain forced to cancel an anti-Israel boycott decision. These annulled resolutions join another seven judicial suspensions of similar anti-Israel discriminatory motions.
The BDS movement promotes financial, academic and cultural boycotts against Israel, ostensibly as a nonviolent struggle against the so-called “Israeli occupation.” Critics say its activities are a modern form of anti-Semitism and that its true objective is to destroy the State of Israel.
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff
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