Spain has long been a hotbed for anti-Israel pro-BDS activity. Back in December, the nation's powerful BDS supporters swarmed a delegation from the West Bank in a Madrid hotel, physically attacking leaders of the Arab and Jewish communities.
Protestors hurled insults at the group, which included the Palestinian Authority's chief Islamic judge. This underscores the hypocrisy of BDS and proves what Israel supporters have known for years: BDS isn't about loving Arabs or supporting Palestine, it's just about hating Jews.
Ironically, the group was in Spain to appeal an EU decision to label West Bank products. Mandatory labeling of products created in Judea and Samaria hurts both Jews and Arabs by forcing employers to close or shift to other areas of the country. Close to 20,000 Arab workers in the West Bank will be among the hardest hit by the EU's new labeling rules.
And the reception in Spain highlights the glaring inconsistencies of BDS, backed up by seemingly infinite funds and resources to keep waging war against Israel.
In 2018, Valencia, Spain's third-largest city, passed a law declaring itself an "Israel apartheid free zone." Fortunately, a 2019 court victory overturned the law, proclaiming BDS to be "racist and unconstitutional." That victory came about thanks to Spain's leading anti-BDS group, ACOM (Action and Communication about the Middle East). ACOM has so far managed to annul 62 municipal BDS agreements.