A secret seder during the Inquisition, by Moshe Maimon
Reports that Spain had passed legislation granting citizenship to
Sephardi Jews ( and therefore access to the EU) residing anywhere in the world were premature,
representatives of the Spanish Jewish community told The Jerusalem Post. The draft bill would allow dual nationality and does not require residency, only proof of Sephardi ancestry.
It was reported on Friday that the Spanish
government had approved a law allowing descendants of Sephardic Jews
expelled from the country in 1492 to seek Spanish nationality without
giving up their current citizenship.
“The law we’ve passed
today has a deep historic meaning: not only because it concerns events
in our past of which we should not be proud, like the decree to expel
the Jews in 1492, but because it reflects the reality of Spain as an
open and plural society,” Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon was reported as saying.
The minister also asserted that his nation owned the Sephardic
community a debt for spreading the Spanish language and culture around
The word Sephardic comes from Sefarad, Hebrew for Spain.
However, Friday saw not the passage of a new law but rather the
approval of a draft bill that the government hopes to see passed by the
A spokeswoman for the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain
told the Post that she believed it was “very important that the media
get the story right in order to avoid a run on consuls around the world
by people seeking Spanish nationality.”
Friday’s draft has to
be presented to Congress and then to the Senate and then back to
Congress. The text may also be modified during this process, which is
expected to take several months, she added.
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