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Spain: BDS Activists Attack Israeli Ambassador, Disrupt Speech at Madrid University

Spain: BDS Activists Attack Israeli Ambassador, Disrupt Speech at Madrid University

The “ambassador was taken to a safe room by Israeli and local security guards, and one even pulled out his weapon and pointed it at the activists.” 

The anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement continues to rear its ugly head in university campuses across Europe. On Wednesday, an angry mob of BDS activists attacked Israel’s ambassador to Spain as she attending an event at Madrid university, forcing the security guards to draw their weapons and evacuate the envoy to safety.

A video clip posted on Twitter show anti-Israel agitators lunging at armed bodyguards protecting Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon, Israel’s first female Israeli envoy to Spain. The “ambassador was taken to a safe room by Israeli and local security guards, and one even pulled out his weapon and pointed it at the activists,” the Israeli broadcaster Arutz Sheva reported.

The Times of Israel reported the incident:

Israel’s envoy to Spain was spirited to safety by armed guards this week after a group of pro-BDS activists interrupted a speech she was giving at a university in Madrid.

The disturbance occurred Wednesday as Israeli Ambassador Rodica Radian-Gordon spoke at Complutense University of Madrid to mark 30 years since the signing of the Oslo Accords between Israel and the Palestinians. After the demonstrators broke into the lecture hall, she was escorted to another room by security, which Hebrew media reports said included both Israeli and local guards.

In video from the university, the activists can be seen running toward the room where the ambassador was, as one of the guards at the door draws a pistol and points it toward them. He then enters the room as other members of the security detail block the raucous protesters, who proceed to chant and wave Palestinian flags outside.

The protesters were later dispersed by police, and Radian-Gordon resumed her address.

In a video statement, the ambassador vowed to continue speaking with students at Spanish universities, “even after the violent incident.”

The mob attack comes as the BDS movement makes inroads into Spain. The Arutz Sheva further reported:

The attack comes amid a growing anti-Israel sentiment in Spain. On Wednesday, Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau announced that she is suspending all of the city’s ties with Israel, citing what she called “the repeated violations of human rights of the Palestinian population and non-compliance with United Nations resolutions.”

Founded by Palestinian activists in 2005, the BDS movement has crept into European and U.S. campuses. Responding to the BDS-led growing antisemitic campaign, many German student bodies have passed resolutions barring the anti-Israel movement from infiltrating student organizations and receiving university funds.

In May 2019, the German parliament passed a resolution condemning the antisemitic BDS movement and pledged to cut off government funding for any organizations involved in supporting the anti-Israel boycott. German lawmakers compared the BDS campaign to the Nazi boycott of Jewish business in 1933. The German Bundestag’s resolution was followed by a similar bill by the Austrian parliament in early 2020.

The Trump administration also took a similar position in November 2020, recognizing the BDS as an antisemitic movement. The Mike Pompeo-led State Department classified “the global anti-Israel BDS campaign as anti-Semitic,” and vowed to “immediately take steps to identify organizations that engage in hateful BDS conduct, and withdraw US government support for such groups.”

Many of the Palestinian groups backing the BDS movement have ties to terrorist organizations. Several convicted terrorists are on the payroll of these BDS-supporting NGOs and groups, a 2019 Israeli government report disclosed.


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This European penchant for sympathizing with Arab Muslim supremacists and terrorists, masquerading as alleged “victims,” is as galling as it is mystifying.

Until western leaders decide to confront head-on the manifestly false, contrived and morally evil propaganda lie being peddled by Muslim supremacists, terrorists and their useful idiot Dhimmi-crat/European dhimmi allies, that posits that Jews are alleged “colonial” usurpers of land on which they were living for millennia prior to the founding of the supremacist and totalitarian ideology of “Submission,” these attacks on Jews will continue, as will the rationalizations being proffered for them.

    Eric R. in reply to guyjones. | February 12, 2023 at 6:36 pm

    There is a simple reason for this sentiment – most Europeans are irrational, fanatic, psychotic, genocidal and unrepentant Jew-haters, and have been for 2000 years. Jew-hatred is far more institutionalized, deep-seated and systemic in Europe than even anti-black racism ever was here.

    They are not sorry Hitler killed six million Jews. They are sorry he didn’t finish the job. So they are counting on the crazed Palestinian-Nazis and the Shia-Nazis of Tehran to finish the job.

“Palestine” is a lie.

One has to be extremely stupid or naïve to attack and do harm to an Israeli ambassador. Or both. Their security won’t hesitate a moment to shoot you dead right there if they feel it is necessary to protect their people. And if they miss you then, they’ll spend a lifetime tracking you down and then killing you.

    Israel obviously does not have the largest military, but it may have the most effective one. Iran may think they would have a first strike advantage. However, I suspect much of that country would disappear in a real conflict. I can’t imagine what Israel must think about “balloon-gate”.

These leftist terrorristas have always existed the diff is like in the 70s we used to go after the bastads now we coddle them.

What do those folks gotta do before they get shot?