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Spain cancels BDS anti-racism course due to pro-Israel groups pressure

Due to the heated campaigns and the strong backlash among national and international pro-Israeli groups, Valencia's government on Monday pulled offline the registration form without providing an explanation.

Madrid (QNN) – The regional government of Valencia has cancelled a teacher training course on human rights by a Spanish Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) group after anti-BDS groups organized campaigns against it, comparing the Palestinian solidarity movement with Hitler and the Ku Klux Klan.

The 20-day online seminar for teachers by BDS Pais Valencia organisation titled “Solidarity and human rights. Learning to teach against hatred and racism (Judeophobia, Islamophobia, and Palestine-Israel)” was scheduled to begin on 8 June.

Due to the heated campaigns and the strong backlash among national and international pro-Israeli groups, Valencia’s government on Monday pulled offline the registration form without providing an explanation.

“The withdrawal of this teachers’ training comes after the intervention of prestigious international institutions such as The European Jewish Congress,  The American Jewish Committee,  The Anti-Defamation League,  B´nai B´rith or Simon Wiesenthal Centre,” stated Action and Communication on the Middle East (ACOM), a pro-Israel organisation that seeks to thwart the BDS movement. All the organisations mentioned are staunch supporters of Israel.

On its Twitter account, ACOM compared the Valencia pro-Palestinian group to Hitler, saying that the seminar was like having “a Nazi lecturing against racism, or a member of the Ku Klux Klan speaking on racial persecution.”

ACOM has been responsible for having Spanish courts cancel 65 pro-Palestinian initiatives.

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