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Ex-Spanish Official Condemned for Insinuating Jews Might Be Behind Recent Death of Country’s Attorney General

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The late José Manuel Maza. Photo: Screenshot.

A prominent US-based Jewish human rights group has expressed outrage over an ex-Spanish official’s insinuation that Jews might have been responsible for the recent death of his country’s attorney general, José Manuel Maza, during a trip to Buenos Aires.

The 66-year-old Maza passed away on Saturday after being taken to a hospital in the Argentine capital with a kidney infection. He was in Buenos Aires to attend an international law conference.

Maza had been leading the prosecution of 20 Catalan politicians following the recent independence referendum in the autonomous region of northeastern Spain.

In an Alerta Digital interview published on Monday, a former colleague of Maza’s, Ramiro Grau, stated, “If we join the interest of some states for Catalonia to be constituted as a new country, for example Israel — as much as its president has said otherwise — and the existence of a large colony of Jews in Argentina, there are those who claim that the real controllers are the Jews, it would not be a bad idea to do an autopsy to check and verify the real causes of his death.”

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Dr. Shimon Samuels — the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations — characterized Grau’s comment as “an extreme example of obsessive antisemitism” and called on Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy “to condemn Grau and take measures to strip him of his honors and state pension as the price for his hatemongering.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Latin American representative, Dr. Ariel Gelblung, alerted the Argentine delegation to the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino) to the matter, and stated, “Grau had endangered the country´s Jewish community and thereby maligned Argentina.”

He also urged Argentina to “protest vigorously to Madrid.”

“The center is monitoring this slander and will take further measures accordingly,” he said.

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  • len

    A typical statement of an extreme Right or Left Wing official somewhere in the world at any time in history especially today(Spain has certainly had it’s share). We have always understood that the extreme Right and the extreme Left meet somewhere ideologically when it comes to Israel and the Jews on the other side of the moon. The danger is allowing this “crap”(for lack of a better word) to become legitimate talk on the sane side of reality. Rather than silence him by any means possible which Is the flavor of the day he should be challenged to express his views openly and to put up or shut up under intense public interrogation so that the everyone can see the public autopsy of the mind of a rabid anti-Semite who just so happens to hate Israel too, surprise ,surprise !

  • bobfairlane

    Semitism is anti -European .

  • bertha yellowfinch

    Stop that “antisemitism” crap! Israel has done so much, inflicted so much chaos and murder all across the planet, of course people are suspicious — and they should be. I fully agree that further med exam is necessary.

  • Kwitcherbellyakin

    If anything goes poorly for anybody, anywhere, then it is always Jews that are blamed. By all means, gather some proof. Do an autopsy. Connect the dots, if you can. Then shut up and apologize when you find no connection at all.