Spain compensates Israeli school in West Bank for excluding students
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Spain compensates Israeli school in West Bank for excluding students

Ariel University receives $107,000 in damages after delegation kept out of 2010 science competition due to its location in settlement

Students from Ariel University Center in Madrid during the Solar Deacthlon 2010 competition. (Courtesy Ariel University)
Students from Ariel University Center in Madrid during the Solar Deacthlon 2010 competition. (Courtesy Ariel University)

Spain has paid an Israeli university in the West Bank compensation totaling $107,000 for damages caused by its exclusion from a scientific competition.

The central government transferred the money to Ariel University earlier this month, as per a recent decision by the Spanish Council of State, according to a statement published Wednesday by ACOM, a pro-Israel organization based in Madrid.

In its decision to exclude the university from participating in the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in 2010, the Spanish government had cited the fact that Ariel is located in a West Bank settlement.

ACOM called the decision a “legal victory against BDS,” in reference to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

The council, Spain’s highest consulting body, said Spain violated an article in the European nation’s constitution that forbids forms of discrimination based on nationality of place of origin.

A photograph of a scale model of Abraham’s Tent, a sustainable home presented by students from Ariel University in the 2010 Solar Decathlon competition, before the students were expelled on the grounds that they come from a university located in ‘occupied territory’. (Courtesy Ariel University)
A photograph of a scale model of Abraham’s Tent, a sustainable home presented by students from Ariel University in the 2010 Solar Decathlon competition, before the students were expelled on the grounds that they come from a university located in ‘occupied territory’. (Courtesy Ariel University)
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