Catalonia’s parliament passed a resolution condemning Israel for what it called was “crimes of “apartheid” against the Palestinian people.
The resolution calls on both the Catalonian and Spanish government to refrain from providing any “aid or assistance” to Israel and use political and diplomatic tools to force Jerusalem to implement recommendations issued by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. It is the first European regional parliament to pass such a motion.
In February 2022 , Amnesty International released a report that labeled Israel and “apartheid state.” It has since been criticized by Jewish leaders and lawmakers worldwide for anti-Israel and anti-Jewish bias and attempts to isolate Israel internationally.
Representatives of Amnesty International in Spain also presented highlights of their reports to the Catalan parties with the resolution being submitted to the local government.
The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) condemned the resolution in a statement as “destructive, biased and not at all representative of the recognised values of the People of Catalonia.”
“The impact of this position by the Parliament will not bring any benefit to the citizens and we do not perceive the interest in creating such a prejudice that undermines the international recognition of the institutions of our country,” it added.
“The FCJE expects public institutions to act with common sense, respecting the general interest and always supporting dialogue solutions.”