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Balearic Islands parliament passes bill condemning anti-Semitism, BDS

Balearic Islands Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS) – The parliament of Spain’s Balearic Islands has passed a bill condemning anti-Semitism, as per the widely accepted definition by International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), and the anti-Israel BDS movement. The legislation, approved by all major parties on June 6, pertains to Ibiza, Majorca, Palma and other areas.

The IHRA definition says: “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of anti-Semitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.”

Jewish and pro-Israel groups applauded the legislation.

Ignacio Wenley Palacios, the Lawfare Project’s senior counsel in Spain, said “boycotts by public institutions have all the attributes of the most intolerable discrimination. They deny relations and the provision of public services to individuals not because of their behavior, but because of something they cannot change nor avoid: their country of origin.”

“Identifying and defining antisemitism are critical steps in eradicating it. Thank you,” tweeted the World Jewish Congress.

#Spain’s Balearic Islands have adopted @TheIHRA definition of #antisemitism.

Identifying and defining antisemitism are critical steps in eradicating it. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/jSd56p7ggc

— WJC (@WorldJewishCong) June 15, 2020



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