The Simon Wiesenthal Center condemned the break in relations between the city of Barcelona and Tel Aviv

The director of International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center, Dr. Shimon Samuels (Télam/File)

He Simon Wiesenthal Center repudiation the decision of the city ​​of Barcelona to temporarily suspend its institutional relations with Israelincluding twinning with Tel Aviv.

The institution dedicated to documenting the victims of the Holocaust criticized the fact that January 27, when the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust is commemorated, was set as the voting date for “untwining”.

The director of International Relations of the Wiesenthal Center, the Dr Shimon Samuelssaid that “the decision contravenes the Definition of Anti-Semitism of the IHRA (International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), adopted by the European Union, its Member States -including Spain-, other countries of the world, international institutions, football clubs and municipalities…”, in a statement published by the entity.

The mayoress of Barcelona Ada Colau (AP/Michel Euler/File)
The mayoress of Barcelona Ada Colau (AP/Michel Euler/File) (Michel Euler/)

The institution criticizes that the decision of the mayoress of Barcelona, Ada Colau, put as an argument that he did it to protest against the “Apartheid” policies of the Government of Israel. “The absurdly skewed definition aside, What responsibility does the city of Tel Aviv have regarding the policies of the national government? As an example of multiculturalism and diversity, Tel Aviv is actually the epicenter of citizen protests against the current Israeli government democratically elected,” the statement added.

“Colau’s decision -undemocratically imposed on the City Council and both the Jewish and Gentile population of Barcelona-, is the capitulation of the Catalan capital before the inciters of BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel and the Jews). The mayor has embraced the disgusting tactics and defamatory language of the ‘international anti-Semitic movement,’” the text states.

The Center also exposes that Barcelona broke relations with Tel Aviv “while remains twinned with Hamas-ruled Gaza, Putin’s beloved St. Petersburg and Isfahanwhere the secret Iranian nuclear weapons program is reportedly based.”

A boy and a man play during the celebrations for Israel's Independence Day (REUTERS/Amir Cohen)
A boy and a man play during the celebrations for Israel’s Independence Day (REUTERS/Amir Cohen) (AMIR COHEN/)

Samuels denounces that the Catalan capital “has chosen to be an accomplice to cities run by terrorists, autocratic warmongers and ayatollahs who brutalize women and minorities, inciting a new nuclear Holocaust against Israel, the Jews and the West”.

“It seems clear that he has no respect for the State of Israel, for the citizens of Tel Aviv, for the friendly relations built over 25 years between the two cities, nor for democratic debate and due process in his own city. We are sure that Barcelona will recover the honor that you have so brazenly violated. Hopefully it will do it as soon as possible, in a democratic and rational way and away from his leadership!” ends the statement from the director of International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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