VELEZ-MALAGA has abandoned plans to boycott Israel.
The local government has cancelled a City Council resolution that planned to commit it to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement – a global movement against Israel that attempts to increase economic and political pressure on the Middle Eastern country until it complies with its stated goals, which include ‘ending its occupation and colonisation of Palestinian land’ and providing ‘full equality for Arab-Palestinian citizens’.
A court in Malaga issued an injunction ruling that the motion was illegal on the grounds that it violates constitutional principles guaranteeing equality and proscribing incitement to discrimination.
A local government spokesman has confirmed the motion will be scrapped.
There has been a recent crackdown on BDS motions after some 50 Spanish municipalities have passed resolutions endorsing the movement, more than in any other European country.