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August 11, 2016 9:49 am

Ibiza City Council Votes to Support BDS

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A pro-BDS rally. Ibiza has reportedly endorsed the BDS movement. Photo: Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira via Wikimedia Commons.

A pro-BDS rally. A municipality in Ibiza has reportedly endorsed the BDS movement. Photo: Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – A city council in the Spanish island of Ibiza has reportedly endorsed the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

The Santa Eulalia City Council, the most populated municipality on the island, voted to support BDS in its plenary session, according to the lobby group ACOM, which works to combat BDS in Spain.

The council’s endorsement means that the city will “support the BDS campaign, the boycott against Israeli and pro-Israel institutions, companies and organizations, including Spanish nationals associated or sympathetic to the Jewish state,” ACOM said. This also means that the area of Santa Eulalia of the Island – popular with many tourists, including Israelis – will be designated a “space free of Israeli Apartheid.”

According to ACOP, the proposal to boycott Israel was initiated by the far-Left municipal group Guanyem. “ACOM urges the city council of Santa Eulalia in Ibiza and its Mayor Vicente Mari Torres to reverse immediately the discriminatory boycott agreement that goes directly against the many Israeli and pro-Israel residents and visitors to Ibiza,” ACOM said in a statement.

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“We also demand that the ruling Partido Popular of Prime Minister Rajoy instructs its different local authorities to actively oppose these declarations. The Spanish government should also act proactively through its state attorney against such unconstitutional agreements so that it is not just up to private organizations such as ACOM to fight against blatant anti-Semitism exercised by public authorities in Spain,” ACOM also said.

However, City Council spokesperson Samuel Parra told the Jerusalem Post that the vote was not in support of an Israel boycott, but rather constutued an expression of solidarity with UN resolutions against Israel. Nevertheless, ACOM said, it plans to “redress this blatant act of discrimination” through legal channels.

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  • Continuing the reply I got from the Office of Tourism in Ibiza:
    In the reply , which is official, I’m assured I won’t get arrested for being
    an Israeli or bringing the Israeli flag?
    And it’s just following orders of the UN, the same one that declared the very free Israeli women,
    the most repressed.
    So, when Europe is blowing apart, when people are afraid of their own shadow,
    they have nothing better to do than to boycott Israel. In the meantime they use on a daily basis Israeli inventions in any area imaginable. ??

  • Michael,
    You had a very good idea, and I wrote this office, congratulating them for being one of the odious BDS ?????
    This is the official reply:
    “Dear Madam,
    Thank you for contacting Ibiza island Tourist Information Board.
    We spoke to a press representative in the municipality .This is the official message:

    No Israeli citizen will be discriminated in Ibiza in the slightest way. No Israeli visitor will be fined or arrested for exhibiting Jewish symbols or Israeli flags. Nothing against the Israeli people was declared in the plenary session of the Town Hall referred in the news.

    The declaration issued by the Town Hall plenary session consisted only in not accepting the actions of the Israeli government, and requesting the Israeli government to comply with UN Resolutions. In any case it may be considered a declaration against the Jewish people or the Sionist movement.

    In the process of taking a decision in the plenary session of Santa Eulària Town Hall, one of the proposals was to declare Santa Eulària a municipality free of apartheid. This proposal was rejected in the same session, and in any way the municipality would apply an apartheid on Israeli visitors. As we said, it is a mere formal declaration between Public Administrations.”

    Attentively,

    Eva R.

    Oficina de Información Turística de Ibiza
    Paseo Vara de Rey, s/n
    07800 – Ibiza
    Tel: 971 301 900
    http://www.ibiza.travel

  • SteveHC

    All Jews and Israelis worldwide should boycott Ibiza.

  • “Israeli apartheid”? oh, yeah, the town will be free of that because there is no such thing as “Israeli apartheid.” on the other hand, the hateful morons of Ibiza should examine their own history, notably that of the 14th, 15th & 16th Centuries. after the late 15th Century or early 16th Century, there were no Jews left in Spain.

    so, the clueless fools of Ibiza won’t find Israeli apartheid anywhere but, if they open their eyes, they can easily find their own rich legacy of savage hate, persecution, plunder, and murder. it’s an ugly, disgusting, heritage but one that they eagerly embrace, without a trace of self-awareness.

  • Shalom. I’m sure the Ibizans know nothing about Israel. In Spain, probably every third person has Jewish roots, the same goes for Ibiza. My family has been in the land of Israel for almost 200 years; I’m a teacher who taught literacy in The Israeli Prison System for years, for both Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs, in peace and harmony. Do they know there, in Ibiza, about such things? They became part of the BDS herd.???

  • Michael Proctor

    The best way to combat BDS is to let the tourism industry know that you will not travel to Ibiza, nor will any of your friends, due to their support for the Israel boycott. YOu can email them at:

    info@ibiza.travel

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