Santiago de Compostela City Council Joins the BDS Campaign!

On Tuesday 10 November, Santiago city council passed a motion declaring itself a space free from discrimination against the Palestinian people and supporting the BDS Campaign.

The city councillor Concepción Fernández, from the Compostela Aberta municipal group,  defended the motion put to the seven main cities in Galiza by BDS-Galiza. The ruling electoral alliance in the City Hall, Compostela Aberta, and two of the groups in the opposition, the Socialist Party (PSdeG-PSOE) and the Galizan Nationalist Bloc (BNG) voted in favour, while the People’s Party (PP) abstained.

BDS-Galiza would like to thank the municipal groups which backed the motion making Santiago city council a part of the BDS Campaign.

The same day, the councillor for the BNG, Avia Veira, tabled a similar proposal in A Coruña city council which is expected to be endorsed shortly. We also hope that the rest of the cities around Galiza will follow suit and join the declaration made in the capital, Santiago de Compostela.

The full text of the motion passed by Santiago City Council:

EMERGENCY MOTION PRESENTED BY THE COMPOSTELA ABERTA MUNICIPAL GROUP AT THE PLENARY MEETING OF THE CITY COUNCIL REGARDING THE REQUEST FOR SANTIAGO CITY COUNCIL TO SUPPORT THE GLOBAL BDS CAMPAIGN

Concepción Fernández Fernández, councillor for  Social Policy, Diversity and Healthcare, tabled the following EMERGENCY MOTION for approval at the city council plenary meeting:

In July 2005 a broad-based coalition of Palestinian groups launched the Global BDS Campaign (boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israeli settlements, apartheid and occupation) against Israel, urging “people of conscience around the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel” as a measure designed to help put an end to the increasingly bloody ethnic cleansing inflicted on the Palestinian people.

Trade unions, universities, grassroots organisations, consumer associations, pacifist movements, municipalities, artists, students and professionals from all walks of life and from all around the world have come together in a peaceful, citizen’s movement whose influence increases daily. This global movement has become the touchstone for solidarity with Palestine. It is a global movement that Galiza cannot afford not to be part of.

For these reasons, the Compostela Aberta municipal group tables to following motion before the plenary session of Santiago de Compostela City Council for its approval:

1.- To declare Santiago City Council as a space free from discrimination against the Palestinian people and supporting the BDS Campaign with the following aims:

- To end occupation and settlements in all of the Palestinian territories and to dismantle the wall;

-To recognise the basic rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens living in Israel to full equality;

-To recognise the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194;

2.- To refrain from collaborating with the State of Israel, its public bodies and its official representatives in the Spanish State and in any kind of agricultural, educational, trade, cultural or security projects;

3.- To spread awareness of the BDS Campaign and to support it in all areas (economy, culture, sports, academia and public institutions).

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