Spanish Watchdog Warns of Far-Left Antisemitic Parties in Upcoming Elections

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Spanish watchdog warns of far-left anti-Semitic parties in regional elections

The Unidas Podemos and Más Madrid parties, as well as presidential candidate Pablo Iglesias, have a history of anti-Jewish, anti-Israel action and rhetoric.

By JNS, April 21, 2021

 Ahead of the forthcoming regional Madrid elections on May 4, Action and Communication on the Middle East (ACOM), a leading organization in the fight against anti-Semitism in Spain, has launched a campaign called “Vote in Conscience” to warn of the issue’s importance to the regional government of 6 million citizens, including the largest Jewish community in Spain.

ACOM is calling on voters to voice their opposition to anti-Semitic far-left parties, such as Unidas Podemos and Más Madrid, and presidential candidate Pablo Iglesias.

“That the people of Madrid could elect a paid propagandist of Iran who is an open anti-Semite should be unfathomable,” said Angel Mas, president of ACOM. “Voting for Iglesias and these two parties is voting for the discrimination of Jews, and ostracization of Jewish life and the community in a city, which is rebuilding itself after 500 years. Normalized Jewish life is at risk in these elections. We call on our neighbors who care about decency, non-discrimination and democracy to oppose these parties and those who provide them legitimacy by sitting in a government with them.”

The Madrilenian regional election elects the regional parliament known as the Assembly of the Community of Madrid.

Iglesias, until recently Spain’s radical-left deputy prime minister and leader of Unidas Podemos who quit his position to run for the position of Madrilenian president, has a history of making anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements, according to ACOM. Comments include that “the great Wall Street companies are practically all in the hands of Jews,” “the Jewish lobby supports initiatives against the peoples of the world,” “the Holocaust was a mere bureaucratic problem,” “Israel is a criminal state” and that Israel is “an illegal country.”

He also worked for HispanTV, Iran’s propaganda mouthpiece to the Spanish-speaking world.

Mas also said that the two parties, Podemos and Más Madrid, tried to approve a motion in the Madrid parliament for the region to formally join the international BDS campaign, “as they successfully did in around 100 Spanish cities and regions.”

“That would have made Madrid— the capital region of Spain and center of Spain’s social, political and economic relations— a ghetto that would have excluded the citizens of the Jewish state and any pro-Israel Spanish citizens from any type of commercial, social, cultural or civic relationship with the regional administration,” he said. “This would have a severe and chilling effect.”

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