Pro-Israel legal group touts court’s nixing of Spanish city council’s Israel boycott



City hall and its adjacent public square in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The New York-based Lawfare Project think tank touted its successful legal action to reverse a Spanish city council’s decision to boycott Israel.

A Barcelona court in late November ruled to annul the Barcelona-area Sant Adrià de Besòs City Council’s move to boycott Israel. The Lawfare Project, which calls itself “the legal arm of the pro-Israel community,” said this week that the ruling “is particularly important in its broad applicability and capacity to deter future boycott decisions in Barcelona and other capital cities, which the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign in Spain has been actively pursuing.”

The city council had proclaimed the municipality of Sant Adrià de Besòs a "Free Space from Israel Apartheid," while banning official city business with the state of Israel or Israeli companies. Ignacio Wenley Palacios, a Lawfare Project attorney, brought the legal action against the city council. In its ruling against Sant Adrià de Besòs, the Barcelona court cited public bodies’ duty to be politically neutral, the BDS movement’s unconstitutional restrictions on academic and cultural freedom as well as free speech, and the boycott’s violation of the right to equality under the law.

The Lawfare Project said its attorney, Palacios, will continue to “spearhead a slew of legal actions aimed at conquering the BDS movement” during the next year.

Posted on December 16, 2016 .