According to the 2008 Pew Global Attitudes Project, Spain has the highest level of anti-Semitism in Europe, with more Spaniards holding negative than positive views of Jews. It is therefore not surprising that there is not a word about Gala's antisemitis views on his Wikipedia biography in Spanish, though there is a mention that in 1981 he was appointed Chairman of the Hispanic-Arab Friendship Association.
Source : Spain, Israel and the Jews (Is Antonio Gala an anti-Semite?)
This is not the first time he targets Israel or even the Jews. In an article published on February 5, 2009 by El Mundo, he explained that "the Jewish people will succumb again. Like it happened many times: pogroms, voluntary or unvoluntary ghettos, extermination, persecutions, expulsions,... From Egypt to Sepharad, from Canaan to Zion: all of them promised lands. Shouldn't they ask themselves why does always happen the same to them? Or is the rest of the world wrong?"
Spanish journalist David Gistau answered Gala through an article published on February 8, 2009 by El Mundo. He wrote that Gala's "reasoning makes Hitler an executor arm of a hate morally justified by a majority", as well as "we should ask Gala whether he would apply the same logic to (...) understand other persecutions (...). For example, those which were suffered by homosexuals."
Did Gala react to Gistau's argument by apologizing to the Jews? No, he didn't. On March 5, 2009, another article written by Gala was published by El Mundo. The Spanish writer explained about the Jews that: "Always the same: or persecuted or persecutors. Or both things at the same time."
AJC Rebukes Spanish Paper for Anti-Semitic Column
February 12 2009 – New York – AJC today rebuked Spanish newspaper El Mundo for publishing an openly anti-Semitic column, and expressed concern over the increasing level of anti-Semitism in Spain.
Last week, El Mundo published a piece by columnist Antonio Gala, titled “Chosen People,” which blamed Jews’ “greed” and “scorn for other peoples” for the persecution of Jews throughout history. Referring to Israel, Gala wrote: “Without putting a stop to avarice and false accounts, the Jewish people will succumb once more. … Wouldn’t this people do right to ask itself why it always goes through the same thing? Or is it maybe the rest of the world that is mistaken?”
“This vile anti-Semitic screed is just one example of the blatant bigotry sponsored by major Spanish newspapers over the past several weeks,” said AJC Executive Director David A. Harris. “Why is it that leading Spanish media outlets can freely sponsor hatred against Jews, and no one even bats an eyelash? It’s time for Spanish opinion leaders to look themselves in the mirror and ask why anti-Semitism is skyrocketing in their country, and what they’re doing to stop it.”
Spanish law prohibits anti-Jewish hate speech and the justification of the Holocaust.
AJC previously wrote a letter to the editors of El País after that newspaper published an anti-Semitic cartoon during the Gaza crisis, and condemned the Catalan regional government for canceling a commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day due to Israeli military action.
According to the 2008 Pew Global Attitudes Project, Spain has the highest level of anti-Semitism in Europe, with more Spaniards holding negative than positive views of Jews.