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Spain to Speed up Naturalization Process for Sephardic Jews Whose Ancestors Fled Inquisition

November 22, 2012 3:41 pm 5 comments

Sephardi Jew observing Havdalah ritual c. 14th century. photo: Wikipedia

Spain said Thursday it would be taking measures to speed up the naturalization of Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors fled the country more than five centuries ago after being told to convert to Catholicism.

Many Sephardi Jews fled to North Africa and Turkey after the 1492 decree. During the inquisition those who failed to flee or convert were killed.

For decades Sephardic Jews have been allowed to seek citizenship in Spain, but the announcement Thursday gives them special status, setting up a process by which the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities is able to vet the ancestry of the applicant, then forward it on to the proper authorities.

The Associated Press reports that the federation believes thousands of Sephardi Jews could benefit, particularly those living in Latin America and Turkey.

5 Comments

  • with a spanish passport one can move to any other EU country without restrictions

  • ERIC YOU ASKED WHY?
    THEY NEED JEWISH BRAINS TO BOOST THEIR ECONOMY

    GEE WHIZ..YOU COULDNT FIGURE THAT OUT?
    OOOH…lol you asked why would JEWS go?

    TO BOOST THEIR ECONOMY….
    THINK OF THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A SAGGING ECONMY
    AND BRILLIANT JEWS
    THE GOVERMENT WOULD BE WILLING TO LEND MONEY FOR BUSINESS DEVELOPEMENT…
    BUT YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK CHINESE….
    HUH?

    • No Jew with half a brain is going to settle in a bankrupt, morally depraved hellhole that has persecuted Jews for over 600 years.

      Let the greasy Spaniards import more of their beloved Muslims and allow them to do a reverse Reconquista.

    • Think of all the Sephardic Jews who went to China from Turkey for business during the heyday before WW2. Somehow, doesn’t it make sense that they would have to speak Chinese? Full circle!

  • Why the %$#! would any Jew want the citizenship of a country that is filled with frothing, genocidal anti-Semites, and on top of that, is hopelessly bankrupt?

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