Barcelona cuts all ties with Israeli government over ‘repeated human rights violations’
Barcelona mayor Ada Colau announced late Wednesday that her city was cutting all institutional relations with Israel over “repeated human rights violations of the Palestinian population and non-compliance with United Nations resolutions.”
The Barcelona mayor added that while the Catalan capital will no longer deal with the Israeli state, it will continue collaborating with Palestinian and Israeli entities “that work for peace and against apartheid.”
“Israel is the only Jewish country in the world. That’s why, in our understanding, this decision has nothing to do with politics, human rights or peace. It has a name, and it’s called ‘Sophisticated Antisemitism,’” said the FCJE in a statement.
In January, the group Prou Complicitat amb Israel (End Complicity with Israel) kicked off the campaign by sending an open letter to Colau, asking her to end Barcelona’s sister city agreement with Tel Aviv.
The letter called the municipal pairing “meaningless in the context of a fierce repression of the Palestinian people (231 people killed in 2022, including 61 children) and ceaseless colonization.”