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Spain Draft Law Grants Sephardic Jews Citizenship

Spain’s ruling Popular Party (PP) has submitted a draft law that could grant citizenship to descendants of Jews expelled from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition. The possibility of the bill was first announced last year by Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon. If the law is ratified, eligible Jews won’t have to relinquish their current nationalities to become naturalized Spanish citizens.

In April 2013, Portugal’s parliament ratified a similar measure granting citizenship to Jews whose ancestors were expelled from Portugal during the same period.

“The Popular Party recalls that Portugal recently passed a law that confers Portuguese nationality to descendants of Portuguese Sephardic Jews and the Spanish government must take an analogous measure,” the Spanish bill reads, according to the World Jewish Congress.

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12 Responses to “Spain Draft Law Grants Sephardic Jews Citizenship”

  1. Myriam Obadia says:

    Ahem, so now that they need money like never before, we're welcome again. Sorry, too late. I like it much better at home in Israel

  2. I hope those Sephardim of spanish descent, here in the USA are included inthe
    amnesty.

  3. It's a trap! Once Jews accept the offer, the precedent will be set for the Palestinians who fled in 1948 and their descendants to claim citizenship in Israel. Don't fall for it and tell Spain to send monetary compensation instead.

  4. Why are you calling it "amnesty"? "Amnesty" implies that the original Sephardim committed some sort of crime.

  5. Why are you calling it "amnesty"? "Amnesty" implies that the original Sephardim committed some sort of crime.

  6. The Polish also tried the same trick.

  7. The Polish also tried the same trick.

  8. Yechiel Baum says:

    and what is the Jewish benefit to that? Reparations from what the Spanish church and crown stole from the Sephardim during the inquisition?

  9. WHAT KIND OF AMNESTY???

  10. Amen to Steve Matthew. TO SPAIN & PORTUGAL, WE DON'T NEED YOUR CITIZENSHIP. THANK G-D WE HAVE ISRAEL.
    "AM ISRAEL CHAI"

  11. Darren Abramson says:

    How about FREE Spanish/EU passport for all descendants (including current generations) in perpetuity with constitutional guarantee that is almost impossible to revoke?

  12. Darren Abramson says:

    To Steve Matthew: "LIKE"!

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