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Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Fleur Hassan-Nahoum visited Spain last week.

Hassan-Nahoum met with Sanz Otero, the Deputy Mayor of Madrid and a member of the Popular Party. They explored the possibility of formalizing their collaboration by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), even as the war against Hamas rages.

Spain has been among the highest critics of Israel's efforts.

This was the first official visit following the deterioration of relations between Madrid and Jerusalem amid the Gaza war.

Hassan-Nahoum had set up a meeting in Barcelona with the local mayor and deputy mayor, but they canceled the day before with no explanation. "Sadly, the mayor of a major international city like Barcelona is not willing to sit down with me, even if it is to tell me that he does not agree with Israel's policies," Hassan-Nahoum said. "It has been very reactionary behavior on his part and a shame."

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Jerusalem, Madrid explore capital city twinning despite Israel-Hamas war

Related - while she was in Spain, she gave an interview to La Vanguardia

"Empathy with Israel lasted 48 hours"

How do you see the future of cooperation with the countries of the Abraham agreements?

Interestingly, this is where the key to the Hamas attack on October 7 lies. Israel was about to make peace with Saudi Arabia and that did not go well with Iran. On the other hand, I am optimistic about Abraham's agreements. If these countries have made peace with Israel, they will not change their minds, because they want the region to move towards prosperity and peace. And they know that the other option is to fall into the destruction and fundamentalism that Iran seeks. Now everything is a bit cold, they cannot show that they support Israel because the Palestinian cause is something that moves a lot in the Muslim world. But I think this continues.

How do you deal with the negative image of Israel that is being formed by the war in Gaza?

It is very difficult, because this is what Hamas wanted. What country would not have tried to dismantle a terrorist regime that has attacked them so brutally? People seem to have forgotten October 7th, all they see is Israel bombing Gaza.

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Spain to Voluntarily Contribute to ICC’s War Crimes Investigation in Gaza

At a meeting yesterday, the Council of Ministers decided that Spain will contribute to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office in the investigation of mass human rights violations in Gaza to hold those responsible to account before the court, reports the Middle-East Monitor (MEMO).

As part of this commitment, the ICC Prosecutor’s Office Trust Fund will receive €500,000 ($541,790) in 2024, the report adds.

The ICJ Prosecutor’s Office, headed by Prosecutor Karim Khan since June 2021, is one of the four organs of the ICC investigating genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

The Prosecutor’s Office, which currently has 17 open investigations, three of which are in preliminary stages, established a fund in March 2022 to support these investigations and training.

The office is investigating human rights violations in Gaza and war crimes against journalists.

Spanish king calls for 'durable' cease-fire in Gaza


Spain's King Felipe VI called Wednesday for a “durable” cease-fire in the Gaza Strip amid an onslaught by Israel despite a provisional decision by the International Court of Justice, said Spanish news agency, EFE.

Humanitarian aid should be provided “to the maximum” to assist the population of the Palestinian territory, Felipe VI said during a reception for the diplomatic corps accredited in Spain at the Royal Palace of Madrid.

The king also demanded the immediate release of the Israeli hostages, according to the report.

He also reiterated his call for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine with “mutual security guarantees, full independence and recognized borders.”


Kuwait Amb. To Spain Praises Bilateral Ties

Al-Kharafi expressed deep sorrow for the events taking place in the Gaza Strip, hoping for a solution to the crisis, which caused a great number of casualties.

Furthermore, Spain's significant role in urging the European Union to reject the Israeli occupation of Gaza was highlighted.

The King of Spain delivered a speech at the Reception held yesterday, beginning with a reflection on the tragedies unfolding in Gaza, which have deeply touched the conscience of humanity. In addition to calling for facilitating humanitarian aid access to Gaza, as well as an immediate and permanent ceasefire.

Spain’s 2023 contribution to UNRWA amounted to €18.5 million, including €10 million which was approved in December.

Spain continues Palestinian funding amid controversy

The news that some members of the UN Palestinian aid fund allegedly took part in the Hamas attacks against Israel has sent shock waves through the international community.

Despite this revelation, the Spanish Government has renewed its commitment to continue making its contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA), despite allegations involving some of its staff in a Hamas-led attack against Israel.

Spain’s 2023 contribution to UNRWA amounted to €18.5 million, including €10 million which was approved in December.

Amid Funding Suspensions by Others, Spain Upholds UNRWA Support Despite Hamas Allegations

While other countries have responded to the allegations against UNRWA staff with immediate funding suspensions, Spain’s approach reflects a nuanced understanding of the complexity inherent in humanitarian work amidst conflict. As the Spanish Foreign Minister underlines the need for continued aid in the face of humanitarian disaster, Spain’s role in international diplomacy remains focused on striking a balance between ensuring accountability and sustaining essential humanitarian support. MSN



An inquiry has now been set:
UN to Review Accusations Against UNRWA, Israel Welcomes Move - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in consultation with the UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini, announced the formation of an independent panel to assess the UN agency's neutrality and respond to allegations of serious breaches.

Guterres referred to the Israeli accusations, saying they come at a time when UNRWA is working under "extremely challenging conditions to deliver life-saving assistance to the 2 million people in the Gaza Strip who depend on it for their survival amidst one of the largest and most complex humanitarian crises in the world."

Spain suspends arms exports to Israel; reiterates need for Palestine statehood

Spain has suspended all arms sales and exports to Israel, amid Tel Aviv’s ongoing war on the Gaza Strip and the crimes against humanity that the Occupation is committing.

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Spain’s Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, revealed that Madrid has halted all arms exports to Tel Aviv since 7 October last year, when Israeli forces began their bombardment and later invasion of Gaza following an operation launched by Palestinian Resistance group, Hamas, into Israeli-held territory.

The events of that month and beyond “made us realise the importance of a just and permanent solution to the question of the Palestinian people”, the Spanish Foreign Minister said. Highlighting the fact that Israel has since bombed numerous UN facilities, schools and hospitals in the besieged Strip, he urged all parties to comply with the orders of the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Spain's lies about ending arms to 'Israel' exposed; data speak volumes

According to the Spanish website elDiario, the government of Spain has been deceitful about its arms sales to the Israeli occupation.

The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, assured in parliamentary headquarters on December 5 that Spanish weapons had not been exported to "Israel" since October 7 and reiterated his claim on January 29 in the Foreign Affairs Commission of Congress.

However, according to data on the official foreign trade portal Comex analyzed by Center Delàs researcher Alejandro Pozo and verified by elDiario, Spain exported weapons to "Israel" worth 987,000 euros.

Specifically, goods were exported corresponding to a subcategory that includes “bombs, grenades, torpedoes, mines, missiles, cartridges and other ammunition and projectiles, and their parts, including slugs, shots, and wads for cartridges” to be used as “weapons of war."