Spanish Foreign Minister blasts BDS

Sunday, April 02, 2017 |  Yossi Aloni

During a meeting with a delegation of Knesset members, who visited the country to mark 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Israel, Alfonso Dastis, Spain's Foreign Minister, came out firmly against the BDS movement's activities.

"The government of Spain is entirely opposed to BDS and has already taken a variety of steps to fight the movement. I ask that you update me on every new extreme initiative in real time, so we can prevent it in real time," said Dastis.

This despite some 40 cities in Spain adopting boycott resolutions with some 10 cities cancelling their decisions, either voluntarily or by court order.

The Spanish-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship League was launched at a ceremony attended by Spanish senators, congressman, the Israeli ambassador to Spain, the delegation of Knesset members and other Israeli embassy staff.

"The Knesset places great importance to strengthening relations between the two countries and parliaments. Fortunately, the Spanish foreign minister agreed to my invitation to visit Israel and declared that his government is strongly opposed to BDS," said MK Revital Swid.

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