Time for the US congress to target Spanish businesses in cities that have BDS legislation on the books…
Spain 1498- 2018: “Jews – get out!”
Eighty Spanish towns and councils have already joined the Israeli boycott campaign. History repeats itself.
With the case of the Aquarius ship, Spain of the new socialist government of Pedro Sánchez showed its welcoming and open face. But quietly and far from the cameras, all concentrated in the port of Barcelona, Spain itself was becoming the most hostile European nation to Israel.
First there was the decision of the third largest city of the country, Valencia, to embrace the boycott of Israel by proclaiming itself a “zone free from Israeli apartheid”. Then the leader of the third largest Spanish party, Pablo Iglesias Turrión, head of Podemos, defined the Jewish state as a “criminal and illegal country”.
The city of Oviedo, capital of Asturias, then canceled the concert of the Israeli Symphonic Orchestra of Netanya, citing “political reasons”. The local producer of the concert, which was to be held in Oviedo in the fall, received an official notice from the municipality stating that the cancellation of the event was the result of a political decision to “stop Israeli activities in the city”.
Oviedo also canceled the performance of an Israeli ballet. The City Council of Cadiz had already canceled an Israeli film festival, claiming that it “contradicts the adherence to the campaign ‘free from Israeli apartheid'”.
And in Benicassim, near Barcelona, the Jewish musician and reggae star Matthew Paul Miller, aka “Matisyahu”, had refused to comply with the request of the music festival director who ordered him to produce a video or written statement in which the singer was to support an Arab-Palestinian state. His performance was canceled.