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.