Spain Blocks Sales of Handcuffs, Equipment to Israel Over Human Rights Concerns

Spanish newspaper El Pais says Madrid has vetoed sale of data security equipment, handcuffs and electrical equipment for fear they may be used in military context

June 10, 2020

The Spanish government has vetoed three sales of equipment to Israel over concerns that they might be used for human rights abuses or military purposes, Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on Wednesday.

According to El Pais, based on a government report on imports in 2019, the largest contract that was canceled was a 10 million Euro ($11.3 million) sale of data security equipment to a private company out of fears over its potential use.

Spanish authorities also decided to scrap the sale of 2,000 handcuffs worth some 17,000 Euro ($19,294) to the Israel Police for fears that they would be used in violation of human rights, the newspaper said.