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October 2, 2015 3:45 pm

Spain Grants Citizenship to 4,302 Sephardic Jews Under New Law

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The Spanish flag. Photo: Wikipedia. Spain’s government has officially granted citizenship to 4,302 Sephardic Jews as part of a new law granting citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were exiled during the Spanish Inquisition.

According to Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala, the naturalizations were approved a day after the new citizenship law took effect, the Associated Press reported.

Spain’s Federation of Jewish Communities praised the law and said that most of its citizenship applicants have come from Morocco, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Earlier this year, Spain’s parliament approved the groundbreaking law, under which applicants first need to prove their Sephardic background through either their local Jewish community or a direct family link. Authorities may also accept applicants with a Sephardic surname or the ability to speak Ladino, the Spanish-Hebrew hybrid language. Next, the applicants need to show a special connection to Spain such as speaking Spanish, in addition to taking a basic test about the country.

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  • jeremy

    Their media is the most anti-Israel in the western world.

    Nearly impossible to get that title. Hardest among Catholic countries, but Jesuit micromanaged Spain achieves it.

    To illustrate the tremendous effort that would take have you ever read the BBC or NYT?

    Don’t trust them, this symbolic gesture is just a ticket to hurl more of their 1900 years of total tricks lies and bewildering levels of abuse at the Jews. Wasn’t every finance minister Jewish before the final (famous) Inquisition?

    Refuse it.