Spanish local politician blames ‘Jews’ for how ‘their government’ treats Palestinians

A local politician in Mallorca said Jews should be held accountable for supporting a government “that constantly violates the fundamental rights of Palestinians.”

Sonia Vivas, a member of the Podemos party and a city councillor in Palma, made the remark during a meeting on international aid, triggering immediate accusations of antisemitism.

“I haven’t spoken to all the Jews, but their government is elected and they’re voting for a government that constantly violates fundamental rights of Palestinians,” Vivas said.

A journalist covering the meeting asked Vivas whether she meant to speak of Jews or Israelis. Vivas did not respond directly, saying: “You didn’t understand me because you don’t want to understand me. My explanation was clear and comprehensive.”

Commenting on the incident, the Federation of Spanish Jewish Communities (FCJE), tweeted: “According to Sonia Vives the Jewish people is responsible for Palestinians not having access to water. As an elected representative, she needs to be able to express herself with propriety” .

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