Spanish region adopts Israel boycott as official policy

Spain’s Valencia region has adopted a boycott against Israel as its official policy, the local faction of the far-left party València en Comú wrote on its official Facebook page.

“Today the Provincial Council of Valencia declared itself a free space from Israeli apartheid,” a party spokesman wrote.

The Provincial Council of Valencia, a semi-autonomous region with over 250 municipalities and 2.5 million inhabitants, adopted the motion submitted by València en Comú and other far-left factions during a general assembly on December 29.

According to the statement, the motion was co-written by the local branch of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel and party deputy Roberto Jaramillo Martínez.

On Twitter, Martinez’s party said the motion passed “unanimously,” but provided no additional information about the vote.

In the northern city of Santiago de Compostela, the City Council was harshly criticised after local media reported that its BDS motion, which is non-binding and declarative, seemingly prompted El Al, the Israeli national airline, to abandon plans to add a flight to the cash-strapped tourist city.

The Galician Association for Friendship with Israel told the La Voz de Galicia daily that in April, El Al opened a flight to Valencia rather than Santiago as a direct result of the boycott motion.

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