The Future of Catalonia: Opening Remarks #TelAviv University

Shalom, bon dia, good morning everyone.

Professor Rein, Maayan Nahari, thank you for your kindness and warm welcome.

Dear speakers, I am looking forward to hearing your ideas, your thoughts on the issue we will discuss today: the future of Catalonia. I am confident the future of our country will be decided freely by its citizens in a democratic and peaceful fashion. There is no other way in the 21st century Europe. We, Catalans, are seven and a half million of European citizens. And, I’m sure, it will be, eventually, us who will decide our own future. And that will happen in spite of the authoritarian opposition, the state repression and the brutal violence we have to endure, both ordinary citizens and our political leaders, from the most corrupt government in Western Europe as it is Rajoy’s Popular Party government.

According to the chief inspector of Spain’s Unit of Economic and Financial Crimes, better known by its acronym (UDEF), Manuel Marocho, Rajoy’s political party used a parallel system of accounts to siphon bribes into party funds through “box B”. That’s illegal money. Appearing before a Spanish Congressional commission investigating the issue, Mr. Marocho, described the illegal network as totally corrupt. More than nine hundred members of the Partido Popular in political posts are currently being prosecuted for corruption. It’s shocking. Those that are using the judges, the courts, the constitution to smash the pro-independence movement, those that tell us we are out of the law just because we want to vote, those have practiced, for years, and I quote Mr. Marocho, “corruption in its purest form”. Even Rajoy himself allegedly received secret payments in opaque money for years, in a profitable corruption scheme. Why I am telling you that? Many believe that heightening, in a deliberate manner, the conflict in Catalonia serves a purpose: to cover up the huge corruption scandals that are rocking the Popular Party and the Spanish government. And this is just outrageous.

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Debatem sobre “El futur de Catalunya” a la Universitat de Tel Aviv


Dimarts, 14 de novembre Sobirania i Justícia i el S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies de la Universitat de Tel Aviv organitzen la conferència internacional “The Future of Catalonia” que se celebrarà a la Universitat de Tel Aviv, des de 2/4 de 10 del matí fins a les 12 del migdia. Hi participaran un total de cinc ponents, entre els quals el catedràtic d’economia de la Universitat de Barcelona i ex-conseller del Govern de Catalunya, Antoni Castells, i el gurú israelià en l’àmbit de les relacions internacionals, Alfred Tovias, expert de reconegut prestigi vinculat a la Universitat Hebrea de Jerusalem.  Els co-organitzadors: Raanan Rein, vice-president de la Universitat de Tel Aviv i director de l’Abraham Center i Isabel-Helena Martí, presidenta de Sobirania i Justícia, encetaran l’esdeveniment amb sengles discursos de benvinguda.  L’accés és lliure.

La conferència serà retransmesa en directe via streaming. Aquest és l’enllaç per connectar-s’hi.

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Confiscated vote? Escalation over banned Catalonia referendum


Authorities in Madrid have taken their standoff with Barcelona to a whole new level, raiding government offices, arresting Catalan cabinet members, confiscating 10 million ballot papers, all to thwart a banned October 1st independence referendum. It’s hard to see at this point how the vote can happen. Has Madrid won the battle but lost the PR war? We’ll question the reasons for a second attempt. And if Catalans really want independence, why has the reaction been so much stronger this time?


Eduard SALSAS – International lawyer, Squire Patton Boggs
Jean Marc SANCHEZ – Lawyer, Paris Bar, Franco-Hispanic Commission
Isabel-Helena MARTI – Member of Catalan National Assembly
Carles BOIX – Politics professor, Princeton University