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The Spanish Government’s Anti-Israel Campaign

Aug. 26 2015

Soeren Kern documents Spain’s long-running pattern of hostility to the Jewish state, including monetary assistance to the boycott, divest, and sanction movement (BDS):

[The current] center-right government continues to pursue policies, [inherited from its socialist predecessor], that are antagonistic toward Israel . . . [and] that largely coincide with the objectives of the BDS movement in Spain and elsewhere.

In March 2013, for example, Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo announced a plan to open a Spanish consulate in Gaza, [thus granting diplomatic recognition to] Hamas. He backtracked after learning that the EU classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization. . . .

In August 2014, the Spanish government announced an arms embargo against Israel aimed at forcing the Jewish state to halt its military operations against Hamas. . . . In November 2014, García-Margallo praised the Spanish parliament for voting overwhelmingly to recognize “Palestine” as a state. . . .

Between 2009 and 2011, the Zapatero government funneled more than €15 million ($20 million) of Spanish taxpayer funds to Palestinian and Spanish non-governmental organizations that are among the leaders in ideological campaigns aimed at delegitimizing Israel via BDS, lawfare, and other forms of demonization. . . .

[For instance, an] exhibition, organized by the Autonomous University of Madrid [and partially funded by the Spanish Foreign Ministry], displayed a map of Israel covered with a swastika, as well as a picture of the late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who was falsely quoted as saying, “I don’t recognize any international laws. I swear I will burn every Palestinian child that is born in this zone.”

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Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

March 21 2018

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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