Spain refuses to dock for ships carrying weapons for Israel

Spain will not allow ships carrying weapons to Israel to call at its ports, the country’s foreign minister said, in line with his pledge not to “contribute to war.”

The European nation refused to allow a ship carrying 27 tons of explosives from India to Haifa to dock at the port of Cartagena. El Pais reported.

“This is the first time we are doing this because it is the first time we have discovered a ship carrying a load of weapons to Israel that wants to call at a Spanish port,” Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares said in Brussels. Thursday.

“This will be a consistent policy for any ship carrying weapons to Israel and wishing to visit Spanish ports. The State Department will systematically reject such stops for one obvious reason: the Middle East doesn’t need more weapons, it needs more peace.

The ship had requested to call at the port of Cartagena on May 21, Transport Minister Oscar Puente said.

Spain’s ruling Socialists have reportedly entered into a dispute with their hard-left partners over the transit of arms to Israel. The dispute broke out over the docking of the German freighter Borkum, which will dock in Cartagena on Friday.

Leftists have called for Borkum to be expelled, arguing that it ships weapons to Israel, but Mr. Puente claims it ships military equipment to the Czech Republic.

The UN Rapporteur on the Occupied Palestinian Territories said there was a ship allegedly carrying weapons intended to enter Israel Spain‘Spain’s waters pose a challenge to Spain’s position on human rights.’ “I place my trust in the people of Spain – students, teachers, intellectuals, workers, civil society and politicians – to ensure that an effective arms embargo against Israel is gradually and fully enforced,” Francesca Albanese said.

Spain has been an outspoken critic of Israel’s war on Gaza, which has so far killed more than 35,000 Palestinians and left more than 80 percent of the territory’s 2.2 million residents homeless and on the brink of starvation. The war began on October 7 after Hamas launched an attack in southern Israel, killing nearly 1,200 people.

Spain has led the European initiative to recognize Palestine, with Ireland, Malta and Slovenia expected to join.

“The time has come for the international community to recognize the State of Palestine once and for all,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in November.

“It is something that many EU countries believe we should do together, but if this is not the case, Spain will make its own decision.”

His government has also suspended arms sales to Israel.