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Sephardic Jews invited back to Spain after 500 years
« on: January 09, 2014, 09:24:27 PM »
In November, Spain's justice minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon announced a plan to give descendants of Spain's original Jewish community - known as Sephardic Jews - a fast-track to a Spanish passport and Spanish citizenship.
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Anyone who could prove their Spanish Jewish origins, he said, would be given Spanish nationality.
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"My initial reaction was that this was a really thrilling moment - that it was an act of justice," says Doreen Carvajal, a US citizen and reporter with the New York Times in Paris.
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Carvajal was brought up Catholic, but a few years ago, she discovered she has Sephardic Jewish roots.
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But Carvajal says that when she contacted the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities, she learned that she didn't qualify. Not yet, anyway.

Carvajal's family was among the estimated one-third of Spanish Jews who converted to Catholicism to escape the Inquisition's clutches. They were known as the "conversos".

So, Carvajal is technically the descendant of converts. She's not a practising Jew herself. She was told she would have to convert back to Judaism before she could get Spanish citizenship.
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The fast-track procedure has not yet taken effect - and Carvajal may well be entitled to citizenship when the rules are finalised.
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Re: Sephardic Jews invited back to Spain after 500 years
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2014, 03:18:30 AM »
A sign of a tanking economy:

When you start soliciting Jews to come back that you tried to exterminate.

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Re: Sephardic Jews invited back to Spain after 500 years
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 06:07:48 AM »
A sign of a tanking economy:

When you start soliciting Jews to come back that you tried to exterminate.
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So when Oliver Cromwell, as Lord Protector, invited the Jews back the economy was bust? He was making a killing at the time.