On Wednesday, vandals vandalized a Jewish place of worship in Barcelona, the city’s second such incident in less than ten days.
Graffiti with the words “Why do you kill in Palestine?” was spray-painted on the wall of a Chabad synagogue.
According to the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, “attacking places of worship of Jewish men and women in Barcelona is a clear demonstration of antisemitism.”
The event occurred just nine days after the Great Synagogue of Barcelona was vandalized with graffiti that read, “Free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
The Conference of European Rabbis’ president, Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, blamed the desecration on Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau’s decision to dissolve the city’s twinning agreement with Tel Aviv.
“The mayor of Barcelona’s irresponsible decision to unilaterally sever relations with the State of Israel has put the city’s Jewish community in real danger,” Goldschmidt stated.
“Every additional case of vandalism and bloodshed resulting from this unfortunate choice will be on her hands.”
Last Monday, the Lawfare Project revealed that it had filed a lawsuit against Colau on behalf of the Barcelona Institute for Dialogue with Israel.
“It asserts that Ms. Colau acted beyond the scope of her authority by infringing on the Spanish government’s power to conduct foreign policy and violated applicable legal procedures,” stated the US-based legal fund, which promotes Jewish and Israeli civil and human rights.
Colau cited “repeated violations of the Palestinian population’s human rights and noncompliance with United Nations resolutions” to explain the boycott of the Jewish state, which broke a 24-year alliance between Barcelona and Tel Aviv.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen is now in Madrid on a diplomatic visit.