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City of Barcelona officially supports BDS

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Barcelona’s City Council passed an official declaration on Wednesday in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

According to a statement released by BDS, the declaration includes the promotion of “contracts to ensure respect for human rights, specifically with companies which are linked to the Israeli occupation in Palestine,” and urges the Government of Catalonia to “create a centre for study and assessment of the impact of Catalan enterprises investing abroad.”

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The statement added that the declaration expressed support for nonviolent resistance campaigns spearheaded by Palestinian and international civil society aimed at defending Palestinian human rights and upholding international laws.

Through this vote, Barcelona City Council puts an end to the complicity of the city of Barcelona with the flagrant, systematic human rights violations of the colonising occupation and expansion of the State of Israel in Occupied Palestinian Territories and recognises the right to BDS

the statement added.

According to BDS, the number of Spanish cities which support BDS has soared to 70.

The Barcelona Municipality’s recognition of the right to advocate for Palestinian rights through the nonviolent tactics of BDS is not just a triumph for free speech and democratic rights. It is also a clear indicator of the widespread recognition of BDS as an inclusive, inspiring, anti-racist movement that is rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and that upholds the basic principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of the humanity

Rafeef Ziadah, member of the International Secretary of the Palestinian National Committee of BDS, said in the statement.

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  • Stanley Cohen

    F uck you, Spain.

  • Pete Cook

    Islamists love Barcelona. They thank you for your support – now make way for some more vans

  • mikep1738

    For their own sake, the people and government of Spain need to realize that in no uncertain terms they are on the same list of countries targeted for Reclamation Jihad as is Israel. “Once Islamic land, always Islamic land,” has real meaning to faithful followers of the ideology of Submission (Islam in Arabic).

    Lebanon was the latest victim from the list of countries targeted for Reclamation. Israel won’t be next!

    European countries on the Islamic Reclamation list along with Israel once include Spain, Portugal, southern Europe and the countries of the Balkans. They were all at one time under the oppressive rule of Islam, some for centuries. In one respect, Israel is on the front lines of what is also their defensive war against Islamic imperialism. For their own self-interest they should be Israel’s staunchest allies, not amongst its detractors.