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December 29, 2017 1:52 pm

Spanish Court Nullifies Pro-BDS Resolution Passed by Local Council in Canary Islands

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A Gran Canaria beach. Photo: Marco Verch via Wikimedia Commons.

A Spanish court ruled this week that a pro-boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) resolution passed by the local governing council on the island of Gran Canaria two years ago was illegal.

The resolution had declared Gran Canaria — part of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean — to be a “free space from Israeli apartheid.”

The legal effort to counter this move was led by ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel group.

According to ACOM, Court No. 4 of Gran Canaria decided that the council was “not competent to adopt such a resolution” as the one in question.

“The court underlined that the impugned agreement is discriminatory and is not in accordance with the principle of neutrality and objectivity that must preside the actions of the council,” ACOM said in a statement.

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