In a landmark ruling that put to rest the concerns of the Jewish community in Spain, the Supreme Court of the country ruled that the movement to boycott Israel represents “discrimination” that “infringes on basic rights.”
Apart from this ruling by the Supreme Court of Spain, which was issued on September 20 and published on Tuesday, the Spanish parliament on Wednesday passed legislation that bars public funding for organizations that “promote antisemitism.” The law uses the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, which cites as examples of antisemitism some forms of Israeli criticism.
The Supreme Court ruling was about an appeal that a pro-Palestinian nonprofit, Associacion Interpueblos, filed contesting a lower court’s 2020 ruling that called a specific action to boycott Israel discriminatory. ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel nonprofit that has sued multiple entities for discriminating against Israel, claimed the ruling as a significant win.
Prior to the appeal, pro-Palestinian groups in Spain had not escalated appeals to the top court for fear of losing and creating precedent. “Also, it was a risk for us, but our legal team worked hard and turned that risk into a historical opportunity,” an ACOM spokesperson said.
As it stands, after several previous rulings by lower courts in favor of the BDS stance, this major ruling will function as a legal precedent applicable to all cases going forward.