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February 6, 2019 2:16 pm

Spanish Pro-Israel Organization Defeats Legal Attempt to Silence It

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

A pro-BDS demonstration. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

ACOM, a leading pro-Israel group in Spain, has won a court case brought against it by a pro-Palestinian group.

The Committee of Solidarity with the Arab Cause (CSCA) and its attorney, Gonzalo Boye, had pursued legal action against ACOM and its president, Angel Mas, based on the claim that ACOM was an “illegal organization” and Mas was responsible for “incitement to hatred.”

According to an ACOM press release, the case has been “definitively dismissed” by the Provincial Court of Madrid. It could have resulted in a four-year prison sentence for Mas and a ban on ACOM and its activities.

ACOM described CSCA as a “radical organization” that sought to “discriminate against Jews, incite hatred and even glorify terrorism.” It asserted that Boye “was and is a lawyer of drug dealers and terrorists and is a key figure in the legal harassment against Israel, with links to radical Palestinian groups.”

Boye is famous in Spain for his attempt to charge American officials with war crimes related to the George W. Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies, citing alleged torture of Spanish nationals at Guantanamo Bay. In the 1990s, he served six years of a 14-year jail sentence for his involvement with the ETA terrorist group.

The legal action, ACOM asserted, was part of a broader strategy to silence pro-Israel voices and “criminalize the mere existence of Israel as a state and thus anyone who supports it.”

Furthermore, the group said, it was a “clear reprisal” against ACOM for its success in fighting the BDS movement via the Spanish legal system.

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