Spanish courts reverse two pro-BDS rulings

Spanish courts have reversed two municipal resolutions on boycotting Israel and approved a criminal investigation into possible discrimination by organisers of a music festival who sought to bar the Jewish American singer, Matisyahu.

The rulings on decisions passed last year by the local councils of Xeraco and Olesa de Montserrat were given independently last month by courts in Valencia and Barcelona, according to a report last week by the pro-Israel ACOM group, which has obtained similar reversals in at least a dozen other Spanish municipalities in recent months.

The courts cited various principles, including jurisdictional issues and an irreconcilable infringement of anti-discrimination laws.

The January 26 ruling by Xeraco, near Valencia, reversed a resolution that in May prompted the same court to issue an injunction against any action on Israeli firms and institutions.

The Barcelona court said in its ruling the following day that Olesa de Montserrat had “imposed unconstitutional restrictions on the freedom to hold personal beliefs and opinions.”

More than 50 Spanish municipalities have endorsed the principles of BDS, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, the highest number in any European country.

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