Spain demo: concerned about Jewish heritage?
Spain demo: concerned about Jewish heritage?Reuters

A public university in Spain dismantled an exhibition in which false quotes about killing Palestinian children were attributed to late Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) reported Wednesday. 

Following a number of complaints from Spain's Jewish community, the exhibit - displayed in the economic department of the Autonomous University of Madrid - was taken down last week. 

The exhibition featured several posters, including one with an undated quote attributed to Sharon. 

“I don’t recognize such a thing called international principles,” the poster quoted as Sharon, states. “I swear I will burn every Palestinian child who could be born in this area." 

"The Palestinian woman and child are much more dangerous than the man. Because the existence of a Palestinian child ensures future generations while the man causes more limited damage," the poster's quote continues. 

The Sharon misquote was not the only the part of the exhibit displaying intense anti-Israel sentiment. 

Another poster showed a map of Israel emblazoned with the words "Israel = aggression" on it as well as a swastika connecting four read arrows pointing from Israel outward, apparently to suggest expansionism. 

All of the posters carried the logo of the nongovernmental organization Solidarity for Development and Peace (Sodepaz). Sodepaz has received frequent funding from the Spanish Foreign Ministry in recent months.  

The Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain (FCJE) complained to the university's administration calling the display "incompatible with academic principles," a FCJE spokesman told JTA Wednesday. 

The spokesman added that what was particularly disturbing was the fact that “this exposition of falsehoods under a pedagogic pretense” was being paid for by taxpayers’ money.

The university has yet to reply to any questions regarding faculty and administration's involvement in the exhibition. 

Spain recently passed a non-binding motion calling on the government to "recognize Palestine as a state" in coordination with any similar move by the European Union. The vote was held the same day as the vicious terror attack on the Har Nof Synagogue in Jerusalem. 

Spain was also one of five major European Union member states to voice their opposition to the demolition of the homes of Arab terrorists.

Anti-Semitic incidents have been rising in the country as well with a significant increase seen during Operation Protective Edge.