Spanish politician criticizes ‘the Jews’ for how ‘their government’ treats Palestinians


(JTA) — A Spanish politician said Jews should be held accountable for supporting a government “that constantly violates the fundamental rights of Palestinians.”

Sonia Vivas, a member of the Podemos party and a city councillor in Palma, the capital of the eastern island of Mallorca, made the remark on Wednesday during a meeting on international aid, triggering immediate accusations of anti-Semitism by a rival politician, El Mundo reported.

“I haven’t spoken to all the Jews, but their government is elected and they’re voting for a government that constantly violates fundamental rights of Palestinians,” Vivas said.

A journalist covering the meeting asked Vivas whether she meant to speak of Jews or Israelis. Vivas did not respond directly, saying: “You didn’t understand me because you don’t want to understand me. My explanation was clear and comprehensive.”

Fulgencio Coll, a city councilor for the far-right Vox party, said at the meeting that Vivas’ remarks “are part of a long history of anti-Semitism by the far-left” and its “obsession with Israel.”

Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias Turrion, who hosts a talk show on an Iranian-funded television station, has called Israel “an illegal country.”

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of anti-Semitism, which Spain adopted in July, includes holding Jews collectively responsible for Israeli actions.

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