A Spanish district court has annulled a BDS resolution passed by the municipal council of Ayamonte, a town in the country’s southwest, banning any association or economic agreement with Israeli companies and organizations.
The decision was made September 4 in response to a legal suit by the ACOM anti-BDS organization in Spain, which has succeeded in fighting a strong battle against the spate of more than 100 municipal and regional council BDS resolutions.
ACOM has succeeded in having approximately 35 of these resolutions repealed or annulled, of which the Ayamonte resolution, originally passed in May 2017, is the latest.
The initiative behind these resolutions, all of which are extremely similar in content, comes principally from the left-wing populist Podemos Party which is strongly pro-Palestinian.
These BDS motions include provisions banning the municipality or local authority from entering into contracts and agreements with Israeli companies and entities, and even banning business ties and agreements with Spanish citizens who are associated with Israel or Israeli organizations and companies.
The Huelva Court Number 1 wrote in its decision that the content of Ayamonte’s resolution “violates Article 14 of the Spanish Constitution,” since it incites and discriminates against Spanish citizens for reasons of birth, race, sex, religion, opinion or other conditions or circumstance, personal or social, ACOM said.
This latest victory follows the retraction by the municipal authority of Sagunto, a town in eastern Spain, of a BDS motion it approved in June this year.