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Madrid - Spain Speeding Up Naturalization for Sephardi Jews

Published on: November 22, 2012 09:13 AM
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Madrid - Spain has announced measures to speed up the naturalization of Jews of Sephardic descent whose ancestors fled the Iberian peninsula more than five centuries ago when they were told to convert to Christianity or go into exile.

Sephardi Jews have had the option of seeking Spanish naturalization for decades. The change announced Thursday gives them special status and sets up a process for their ancestry to be vetted by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities and forwarded to authorities for approval.

The federation says thousands of Sephardi Jews around the world could benefit, particularly those living in Latin America and Turkey.

Many Sephardi Jews fled to places like Istanbul, London and Cairo after the 1492 decree. Others who didn’t convert were killed during the Inquisition.


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 Nov 22, 2012 at 09:18 AM Yiddl Says:

Let's not forget about all the ashkenazim who are originally sphardic, but changed when they arrived in poland etc

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM lovejerusalem Says:

so they need some people to kickstart their economy, oh bring the Jews in, no worries, we can get rid of them once we don't need them anymore, that's the cycle, why would anyone want to move to spain nowadays anyways?

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM MBYIsrael Says:

Reply to #1  
Yiddl Says:

Let's not forget about all the ashkenazim who are originally sphardic, but changed when they arrived in poland etc

so go to Poland. You have forsaken your Sephardi heritage and culture and call us "svartze" and not real Jews so now you want to be one of us because things are tough in America. Forget it. My family landed in Southern Italy, remained Sephardi but I can't prove that so I wouldn't be able to go either, however I am happy in Israel.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM Anonymous Says:

A Sephardi from Latin America has no automatic right of residence in Spain, whilst any Ashkenazi from Lithuania to Germany to Hungary can move to Spain without restriction because of free movement in the European Union.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 01:21 PM DRE53 Says:

This might cost some seats for Shas in the upcoming elections.
With the unstable conditions in israel many sfardim will take advantage of this opportunity and move back to spain

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 01:38 PM esther Says:

Reply to #3  
MBYIsrael Says:

so go to Poland. You have forsaken your Sephardi heritage and culture and call us "svartze" and not real Jews so now you want to be one of us because things are tough in America. Forget it. My family landed in Southern Italy, remained Sephardi but I can't prove that so I wouldn't be able to go either, however I am happy in Israel.

chillax! it's not that he abandoned his sefardi heritage. hundreds of years out of spain changed things just as 2000 years of galus did.

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 03:18 PM Yiddl Says:

Reply to #3  
MBYIsrael Says:

so go to Poland. You have forsaken your Sephardi heritage and culture and call us "svartze" and not real Jews so now you want to be one of us because things are tough in America. Forget it. My family landed in Southern Italy, remained Sephardi but I can't prove that so I wouldn't be able to go either, however I am happy in Israel.

What counts is proof of sphardic heritage, that we were thrown out of spain. The fact that some people consider themslves ashkenazi doesn't change anything.
It doesnt make a difference if you were called svartze. How does that make you any more sphardic?

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

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DRE53 Says:

This might cost some seats for Shas in the upcoming elections.
With the unstable conditions in israel many sfardim will take advantage of this opportunity and move back to spain

How do you come up with such stupid remarks? Do you work at it or does it come naturally?

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 Nov 22, 2012 at 10:17 PM esther Says:

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Anonymous Says:

How do you come up with such stupid remarks? Do you work at it or does it come naturally?

just stop it! there's no need for childish insults.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 02:05 AM Naftush Says:

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lovejerusalem Says:

so they need some people to kickstart their economy, oh bring the Jews in, no worries, we can get rid of them once we don't need them anymore, that's the cycle, why would anyone want to move to spain nowadays anyways?

That is indeed the story of Spain, including our misnamed Golden Age there, and of almost all of our stopovers in exile. In only one place on earth is the calculus different, and I don't mean America.

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 Nov 23, 2012 at 02:06 AM Naftush Says:

Reply to #5  
DRE53 Says:

This might cost some seats for Shas in the upcoming elections.
With the unstable conditions in israel many sfardim will take advantage of this opportunity and move back to spain

Find one.

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