SPAIN - Israel Boycott Is Discrimination

Arno Froese

Over the past several years, dozens of Spanish courts have rejected Israel boycotts by nonprofits, municipalities and other groups. Now, the country’s top court has ruled that the movement to boycott Israel represents “discrimination” that “infringes on basic rights.”

ACOM, a Spanish pro-Israel nonprofit that has sued multiple entities for discriminating against Israel, claimed the ruling as a major win. Spain was once a hotbed of efforts by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, known as BDS. A slew of lower-court rulings in Spain had curtailed that trend, but they had pertained only to individual cases and thus had a limited impact, the group said, but the Sept. 20 ruling will function as a legal precedent applicable to all cases going forward.

This judicial policy is similar to the one practiced in France, where attempts to boycott Israel resulted in the 2003 adoption of a law that declares any attempt to single out countries discriminatory and unconstitutional., 7 October 2022

Arno's Commentary

The top court considers boycotting Israel to be discrimination that “infringes on basic rights.” This decision was welcomed by Spanish pro-Israel nonprofit organizations, who stand against the various BDS organizations and their activities. What Arab Palestinians apparently don’t consider is that a secure, free, and prosperous Israel is in their best interest. They can’t lean on their cousins in the east, Jordan; nor in the north, Lebanon and Syria; and in the south, Israel has cooperation agreements with Egypt for both countries’ security infrastructure, primarily to fight drug smuggling and terrorism.

Here we are reminded of Joseph, who was sold by his brothers to Egypt. Yet it turned out quite different: “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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