Spanish parties call Holocaust remembrance ‘propaganda’

Leftist and nationalist factions unite to veto resolution described as part of Israeli plot

JTA — Spanish Jews accused politicians in Galicia of blocking a resolution for commemorating the Holocaust because they oppose Israel.

The speakers of the leftist AGE party and the nationalist BNG party in the parliament of Galicia — an autonomous region in northern Spain — vetoed a draft resolution commemorating the victims of the Holocaust, preventing it from going to a vote, according to the Federation of Jewish Communities (FCJE) in Spain.

“Similar resolutions had passed since 2010, but this time representatives of AGE refused to OK the draft resolution in the Council of Spokespersons ahead of a plenum vote,” said Pedro Gomez-Valades, the president of the Galician Association for Friendship with Israel. His association has issued a joint statement with FCJE, which is the umbrella group representing Spanish Jewish communities, condemning the veto.

Before they reach the plenum, draft resolutions must be approved by the Galician parliament’s Council of Speakers. But representatives of BNG and AGE have resisted approving a draft resolution on the Holocaust since January, according to Gomez-Valades. The press departments of AGE and BNG did not respond to requests for comment.

Gomez-Valades said he decided to make the matter public because weeks of talks have failed to change the positions of the representatives of the two parties. During the talks, party officials said they viewed Holocaust commemoration as part of Israeli propaganda, Gomez-Valades said. His organization and the FCJE umbrella group condemned the two parties in a joint statement earlier this month.

Resolutions commemorating the victims of the Holocaust were passed in the Galician parliament in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27. This year, there was no such resolution.

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