Spain Boycotts Israel over ICJ’s Genocide Judgment

February 9th, 2024 - by Middle East Monitor & the Times of Israel

Spain, Belgium Halt Arms Exports to Israel
Amidst New Calls for Palestine Statehood
Middle East Monitor 

(February 7, 2023) — Spain has suspended all arms sales and exports to Israel, amid Tel Aviv’s ongoing war on the Gaza Strip and the crimes against humanity that the Occupation is committing.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, revealed that Madrid has halted all arms exports to Tel Aviv since 7 October last year, when Israeli forces began their bombardment and later invasion of Gaza following an operation launched by Palestinian Resistance group, Hamas, into Israeli-held territory.

The events of that month and beyond “made us realise the importance of a just and permanent solution to the question of the Palestinian people”, the Spanish Foreign Minister said. Highlighting the fact that Israel has since bombed numerous UN facilities, schools and hospitals in the besieged Strip, he urged all parties to comply with the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Spain is unwilling to see the violence in the region escalate, Albares stated, emphasising that Madrid demands a permanent and immediate ceasefire in Gaza, particularly at the current juncture in which at least more than 27,000 Palestinians have been killed.

Praising Qatar’s leading role in mediation efforts to reach a ceasefire deal for Gaza, he also stressed that Spain wants a viable Palestinian State that co-exists alongside Israel, reiterating Madrid’s proposal for an international peace conference based on the concept of the two-state solution.

Spain’s decision is the latest and most significant move amongst the international community to restrict arms sales and exports to Israel, particularly following the ICJ’s ruling last month on Israel’s possible committing of genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Belgium’s Wallonia regional government has also suspended licenses to export munitions – specifically gunpowder – to Israel, and the Japanese Itochu Corporation’s aviation unit recently announced its decision to end cooperation with Israeli defence contractor company, Elbit Systems Ltd.

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Mica Almog Is Not a Zionist:
Calls Netanyahu
a ‘Would-be Tyrant’
The Times of Israel

(April 8, 2019) — A video of late former president Shimon Peres’s granddaughter sharply denouncing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “regime” has gone viral on Israeli social media in the days leading up to Tuesday’s elections.

Mika Almog took Netanyahu to task in a scathing English and Hebrew-language video uploaded to social media last week.

“I am not afraid of you. We are not afraid of you. We are sick and tired of you. We refuse to continue to live under a regime that tries to get us to hate each other for no reason,” she said.

Almog called Netanyahu a “would-be tyrant who attacks [Israel’s] gatekeepers” and accused him of “gutting our democracy.”

She told Netanyahu that Israelis would not reelect him on Tuesday, and that he should “pull out all the stops” in the final days of his campaign.

“Use those famed rhetorical skills in order to once again tell us that on the one hand we’ve never had it better, and on the other hand, that we’re all gonna die and you’re the only one who can save us.”

“We know you. You will stop at nothing and stoop to anything in order to stay in power,” she said. “So bring it on, Bibi. Hit us with everything you’ve got. We’re ready.”

The video garnered over 600,000 views and thousands of shares since Almog uploaded it to her Facebook page last Wednesday.