The Barcelona City Council voted on Wednesday to condemn Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories and called to end complicity in Israel’s violations of international law, and affirmation of the legitimacy of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights.
The Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) hailed the council’s step describing it as a “historic” decision.
The Barcelona City Council voted to “Condemn the Israeli occupation and policies of colonization of Palestinian territories and the plunder, exploitation, destruction and depletion of Palestinian natural resources and wealth, including land and water.”
It also voted to ensure that its public procurement policies incorporate clauses guaranteeing respect for human rights in order to “prevent the Barcelona City Council from having any kind of complicity with this occupation, violation of human rights and plundering of resources.”
The council also backed the right of BDS to call for boycott of the Israeli occupation by recognizing the legitimacy of “nonviolent campaigns promoted by Palestinian and international civil society for defending international and human rights law in Palestine.” Read more at Beast Watch.