2018-06-20 / Mideast

Israeli orchestra disinvited from Spanish city

A Spanish municipality disinvited an Israeli orchestra and ballet group from its autumn cultural program. Oviedo, saying “Israeli organizations are not wanted” in its premises, canceled the participation of the Netanya Chamber Orchestra and the ballet group, the news site IsraelValley reported.

In 2016, an administrative court in the northern Spanish city ruled that a motion in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, or BDS, against Israel that was passed early that year by the City Council of Langreo, also in the north, was discriminatory and must be scrapped.

Last month, the City Council of Valencia, Spain’s third-largest city, passed a motion declaring a boycott of Israel and Valencia an “Israeli apartheid-free zone.” A local faction of the far-left Podemos, Spain’s third largest party, promoted the motion. (JTA)

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