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Spanish Cabinet Approves Draft Bill for Sephardic Return

By: JTA

(JTA) — The Spanish government has approved a draft bill that proposes to grant citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews who were forced into exile 500 years ago.

Spain’s Council of Ministers, the Spanish cabinet, on Friday approved the draft law, which proposes to dispense with the requirement to relinquish foreign nationalities and which sets several criteria determining ways descendants Sephardic Jews can qualify for Spanish nationality, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.

The criteria include recognition of Sephardic ancestry by a competent rabbinical authority in the applicant’s country of residence, according to El Pais, but applicants may also present other credentials such as family ancestry records and knowledge of Ladino, the Judeo-Spanish language.

The bill still has to pass the parliament before it is implemented, according to the daily El Correo. Spanish media did not say when the bill would come up for a vote.

The draft bill was introduced in February by Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon, who told JTA it was meant to “repair a historical error,” a reference to the Spanish Inquisition which began in 1492. The Inquisition forced hundreds of thousands of Jews to flee the Iberian Peninsula or convert to Christianity in an attempt to escape religious persecution led by the Catholic Church and the Spanish royal house.

The draft bill states that applications will be accepted for two years only from the moment the bill is passed and goes into effect, and up to three years in special cases.

Under current Spanish legislation dating back to 1924, Jews may apply for citizenship if they reside in Spain for more than two years and can prove family ties to expelled Spaniards. Each request is evaluated individually and approved or rejected by a senior Interior Ministry official.

The new draft bill proposes to do away with the demand for residence and to make the application process automatic and not subject to the ministry’s discretion for candidates who meet all the criteria.

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain, or FCJE, expressed “enormous satisfaction” at the cabinet’s approval of the draft bill in a statement Friday, in which it called on lawmakers to pass the bill.

Portugal’s parliament passed similar legislation in July, but the law, which retains discretionary powers for officials, is yet to be implemented.

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28 Responses to “Spanish Cabinet Approves Draft Bill for Sephardic Return”

  1. even snail can reach destination

  2. they need to do more than that .they can never make up for the lives and families that were lost

  3. But need nkow, can not try chance Israel laws

  4. Mandy Jacobs says:

    My Family’s name on my mothers side is ELBOZ – ELBAZ Spainish- Portuguese

  5. Benz Amine says:

    what about the exciled arabs too?

  6. Jun Sagal says:

    Jimmy Romero..tyrant Spanish Regime in partnership w the equally corrupt church of Rome then had plundered many nations that brought to the destruction of their lives..
    Israel just struggled to exist as a free nation yet it is still the best place to live in as compared to Spain?

  7. Ed Carrera says:

    Better late than never

  8. Ed Carrera says:

    The illuminati Rothchilds included

  9. André Nunes says:

    Portugal did it also……

  10. André Nunes says:

    Portugal has also passed a Sephardic Law of Return of the Portuguese nation, where you gain Portuguese citizenship without needing to reside in Portugal.

  11. My family name On my father side luzia pinto

  12. I agree.

    Sent from my iPad

  13. You are right. Past is past. A step in the right direction.

    Sent from my iPad

  14. -
    How do you say shove it in Spanish?

  15. That’s really nice and an awesome offer too!

  16. Oh, so a Bill to allow Jews to return to Spain since 1492 when all Jews were either tortured, killed, or left without any possessions when ordered by Queen Isabella can now return? 600 years ago to amend that? What Jew in his/her right mind would want to return to Spain?

  17. David Cohen says:

    They are broke now.

  18. Donna Albin says:

    Prophecy coming true

  19. @ Doreen Ellen Bell-Dotan: you say ” metánselo por el culo”

  20. yeah if you look at what is going on No thank you! Beware it is all deceive

  21. Uli Ledeboer says:

    Miki Bacsi hello, Miki, yes, most of the time it is quiet here, now I only hope the economic situation will get better soon!

  22. Uli Ledeboer says:

    M Yitzhak Samuel hello, Yitzhak, about the cost of living, if you buy an appartment, it can cost about 150,000 euros, depending where you want to live, it can also be cheaper or more expensive. Rent can be about 400 euros a month. then you need maybe another 500 euros or so for food, electricity, water, telephone, it depends what you need or would like to have.

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