In symbolic vote Barcelona city council rejects mayor’s decision to un-twin with Tel Aviv

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Screen capture from video of Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, 2022. (YouTube. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Screen capture from video of Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau, 2022. (YouTube. Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

Barcelona’s city council rejects left-wing mayor Ada Colau’s decision last week to suspend twinning with Tel Aviv in a symbolic vote.

However, the councilors are powerless to overturn the mayor’s move.

Pro-Palestinian protesters wave Palestinian flags during the debate in the Catalan capital, chanting “no to apartheid.”

Only the mayor’s party votes to support the move.

Another proposal, to strengthen Barcelona’s ties with Palestinians and human rights groups working against “the occupation,” is  also rejected by all factions except Colau’s.

Madrid’s mayor has charged that Colau’s move has “a significant stench of antisemitism.”

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