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December 21, 2012 4:09 pm

Muslims Angered by Spain’s Granting Sephardic Jews Path to Citizenship

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Muslims are demanding that Spain grant instant citizenship to all the descendants of Muslims expelled from Spain in the Middle Ages after the Spanish government had announced plans to grant automatic citizenship to all Jewish descendants of those expelled from Spain in the 1492 Inquisition.

Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón and Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo announced the decision regarding descendants of expelled Spanish Jews last month in Madrid.

According to the Gatestone Institute, Sephardic Jews could already get Spanish citizenship after living in Spain for two years. Now, Sephardic Jews who reside elsewhere can immediately get a Spanish passport if they confirm their ancestry through a special accreditation. However, only those who identify as Jewish today can benefit from this policy, not the descendants of Jews who converted to Christianity to escape persecution. Those Jews must undergo a formal conversation to Judaism first.

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Moroccan journalist Ahmed Bensalh Es-salhi wrote in the newspaper Correo Diplomático that the “decision to grant Spanish citizenship to the grandchildren of the Hebrews in Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, while ignoring the Moriscos, the grandsons of the Muslims, is without doubt, flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination…This decision is absolutely disgraceful and dishonorable.” He has also threatened Spain.

“Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some and not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision could cost? Has Spain considered that it could jeopardize the massive investments that Muslims have made on its territory?” Es-salhi wrote.

Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar, a university professor at the Ferhat Abbas University in Sétif in northeastern Algeria, has also called on Spanish King Juan Carlos I to condemn those who expelled Muslims from Al-Andalus in the 15th century, to apologize “on behalf of his ancestors,” and to assume “responsibility for the consequences.”

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  • Chris Renaud

    To all the Muslim haters out there,
    The idea that someone has a right to a piece of land for the rest of history, or that a right can be granted to someone based on a ruler’s power to grant it is feeble-minded. It’s all about power. Ain’t about rights. So don’t flip on the Muslims, especially since they were the first cultural group to protect Jews from the crazies.

    • Eric

      Chris, you seem to be forgetting that a thousand years before Mohammad, the Zoroastrian Persians also “protected” the Jews through the actions of Cyrus the Great (often considered a messiah by Jews for his liberation of Jewish slaves in Babylon) and Darius the Great (who provided assistance in building the Second Temple).

      Will the Muslims demanding Spanish citizenship also demand that Turkey offer citizenship to the Greeks, Armenians, Kurds, and other people that they expelled over the centuries (remembering that the Turks conquered Anatolia, similar to how the Arabs conquered Andalusia)?

  • CHARLIE

    The Spain would be flirting with suicide if they would award citizenship to all the quasi-moriscos. In no time at all one will be faced with a strict muslim regime. Adion Espana.

  • Brian

    Muslims are seriously bitching about this though, they have all their Muslim countries in which they can move to and practice their religion peacefully while in Israel though Jews themselves are in fear to practice their own religion freely. When Jews get something, Muslims demand 10x what the Jews get because they think they are better and they deserve it. If they can’t learn to live with the fact that someone else in the world doesn’t follow or think like them then they should be allowed to be free like anyone else and should just do people a favor and move to North Korea were no one will remember them.

  • The grant of papers on condition of swearing loyalty to the catholic king and forgetting the inquisition, the tortures, the burned innocents, the confiscations, their stolen gold and relics, all for papers?! They can put the papers in their ass! Off with their arrogant heads, make Spain a République! What’s the difference with swearing loyalty to a muslim king?

  • Les

    When are muslims not angry? These people are inherently evil.

  • The Muslims is Spain are angry that Jews exist….anywhere.

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