The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE), the country’s EJC affiliate, has commended the Parliament of the Balearic Islands for adopting a resolution in committee condemning antisemitism in all its forms, including boycotts of the State of Israel.
The resolution, adopted by absolute majority by the committee of Social Affairs and Human Rights of the Balearic Parliament, condemns boycott activities against Israel, and specifically the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” (BDS) movement for its antisemitic character and for “violating the rights and liberties of individuals”, read the adopted text.
In addition, the resolution urges the Balearic government to adopt the working definition of antisemitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance(IHRA), which has also been adopted by Germany, Austria, Greece, France, and recently by Argentina, among others.
All political groups represented in the Balearic Parliament, the islands’ regional legislative body, voted in favour of the resolution, which calls for “actions that promote honouring the memory of all the Jews, conversos and their descendants who were murdered, retaliated and discriminated against throughout the history of the Balearic Islands.”
The FCJE, the representative organisation of Spanish Jews, congratulated the Parliament of the Balearic Islands and all political groups that comprise it, and especially the initiator of the Resolution, Maxo Benalal of the Ciudadanos (C’s) party.
“An important step has been taken today in the fight against antisemitism in Spain and we trust that other public institutions will follow suit,” the FJCE added in a statement.