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Parliament of Spain’s Ballearic Islands votes bill adopting the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism

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With this vote,  it is specified that proclaiming the boycott of the State of Israel, that is, anti-Zionism, is considered as a form of anti-Semitism.

Action and Communication on the Middle East (ACOM), a pro-Israel advocacy group in Spain, welcomed the passing by the parliament of the Balearic Islands of a bill adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)definition of anti-Semitism and condemning the BDS movement which advocates a boycott of Israel.

The legislation was approved by all major parties despite the opposition of the extreme left Podemos and nationalist Mès parties.

‘’Sensational victory against the bigots!,’’ tweeted ACOM.

With this vote, it is specified that proclaiming the boycott of the State of Israel, that is, anti-Zionism, is considered as a form of anti-Semitism.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain (FCJE) congratulated the parliament of the Spanish archipelago.  “The Federation congratulates the Balearic Parliament that has approved the legislation  by absolute majority condemning anti-Semitism in all its forms, including the boycott of Israel,” it said.

The International Alliance for Holocaust Remembrance brings together governments and specialists in the field to strengthen, promote and promote education, memory and research around the world on the Holocaust, as well as to maintain the commitments of the Declaration of Stockholm of 2000.

In 2016, the institution developed a definition of “anti-Semitism” that was adopted by its 31 members and states that “Anti-Semitism is a certain perception of Jews that can be expressed as hatred of Jews. The physical and rhetorical manifestations of anti-Semitism target Jewish or non-Jewish people and / or their property, the institutions of the Jewish communities and their places of worship.”

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