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June 30, 2015 1:39 am

Council of Europe Calls on Spain to Introduce Laws to Combat Antisemitism

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The Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Puerta del Sol in Madrid, Spain. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

The Council of Europe called on Spain to pass “new and comprehensive anti-discrimination laws” to combat prejudices against Jews, Roma and other minority groups.

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities said such laws would make Spain “safer for migrants and Roma people.”

In its report on Spain, the committee said “prejudice and intolerance against Roma, as well as islamophobia, anti-Semitism and intolerance against migrants, continue to be expressed, notably in the print and audiovisual media and on the Internet, as well as in political life.”

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Spain should “ensure that all alleged cases of hate speech, including those committed on the internet and in the print and audiovisual media, are effectively investigated, prosecuted and sanctioned,” said the committee.

The Council’s call came after the lower Spanish parliament approved a law that would allow Jews claiming Sephardi lineage to apply for citizenship, paving the way for final legislation.

Earlier this month, The Algemeiner reported on a recent column in a prominent Spanish newspaper that accused a “Jewish lobby” of exerting inordinate influence on the FC Barcelona soccer club. Both the newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, and columnist Xavier Bosch denied accusations of antisemitism.

Also, a newly appointed Spanish official in the capital Madrid was forced to step down this month over an antisemitic “joke” he tweeted several years ago.

According to the Stephen Ruth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism, media antisemitism in Spain occurs at a level that would be considered unacceptable in other European countries.

The Council of Europe is an independent intergovernmental body aimed at promoting European cooperation over human rights issues and upholding democratic standards. It functions outside the EU.

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  • Feldi

    Fascism and Nazism have base in Europe and they are still alive across of the world!

  • when Maccabi TA defeated Real Madrid in the final of the European basketball champions league last year I believe, 20,000 anti-Semitic tweets were made from Spain.

    • MARK LEWIS BRECKER, Esq.

      WHY WOULD AN ISRAELI BASKETBALL VICTORY CAUSE 20,000 ANTI-ARAB TWEETS [85% of he world’s Semites being Arabs, most of the balance Ethiopians-Eritreans and the relatively miniscule balance being “otherwise”]?
      Moshe Aryeh ben Sh’muel HaKohen
      Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Ethiopia III
      [212] 831 – 7780

  • theo

    Spain’s sincerity in apologising for the 1492 Inquisition against the Jews does not appear to be genuine The disease of anti Semitism still has Spain firmly in its grip

    • Mickey Oberman

      Undoubtedly Spaniards are upset by the cancellation of the inquisition a few years ago.

      They would like to see it resumed to keep their soon to be again
      Islamic overlords happy.

      • Hugo

        If you guys want to talk about Spain’s past, please study first. In 1492 the
        Catholic kings had the Jews expelled which by the way they also did with
        the Muslims.
        The inquisition continued existing many years after 1492 to wipe out any
        renegades in Spain.

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