In a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, has announced that all institutional ties with Israel, including the twinning agreement with Tel Aviv, will be suspended until the Israeli authorities cease their violations of Palestinian human rights and adhere to the stipulations of international law and United Nations resolutions.
In their usual reaction to any attempt to take action against the Israeli occupation, Israeli lobbyists in Spain immediately labeled Colau as being “anti–Semitic“.
The Palestinian people have been enthusiastic in their support of the decision.
Barcelona’s Mayor Ada Colau suspends institutional ties with Israel, including the city’s twinning agreement with Tel Aviv, due to the repeated violation of the rights of the Palestinian people. pic.twitter.com/KpY4UiCYP4
— Luis A. Garcia (@Luis3RG) February 8, 2023
On their website, BDS saluteed Colau and the grassroots organizations which helped put an end to the institutional ties with the Israeli apartheid regime.
“The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC), the largest Palestinian coalition leading the BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality, salutes the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, and the grassroots groups who helped end institutional links with apartheid Israel. Barcelona has become the first city council to suspend ties with apartheid Tel Aviv in solidarity with the Palestinian people, a move that is reminiscent of the historic and courageous city councils that pioneered cutting links with apartheid South Africa.”