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Spain grants right of dual nationality to Sephardi Jews
Israel Hayom ^ | 2/09/2014 | Eli Leon

Posted on 02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST by cll

More than 500 years after the Spanish Inquisition, the Spanish government has voted to facilitate the naturalization of Jewish families of Spanish descent, without demanding they give up their other citizenship.

Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain must be rolling in their graves: The government in Madrid on Friday approved legislation that would allow descendents of Jews who were exiled from Spain to be naturalized in the country without having to give up their former citizenship, which had been the law until now.

Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said that Spain "is indebted to Spanish Jews for spreading the Spanish language and culture throughout the world."

"The law that was passed has a deep historical significance not just because it touches on events that happened in our past, which we shouldn't be proud of, such as the banishment of Spanish Jews in 1492, but because it conveys the message that Spain is open and pluralistic," said Ruiz-Gallardon.

"Now, the doors have opened," he said, remarking that several exiled families had held onto the keys to their homes in Spain since the Inquisition some five centuries ago.

Applicants will have to prove their Spanish heritage through using their name or language, or by genealogy, in addition to an approval by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities. Applicants need not be religious Jews, the Spanish justice minister said.

The law potentially allows an estimated 3.5 million residents of countries where many Sephardi Jews eventually settled, such as Israel, France, the United States, Turkey, Mexico, Argentina and Chile, to apply for Spanish nationality.

"We're very pleased to hear the Spanish government has facilitated the process of allowing Sephardi Jews to seek Spanish nationality without giving up their citizenship," Lynne Winters, the director of the American Sephardi Federation, told Reuters by telephone.

An Israeli official involved in the new procedures responded coolly to the Spanish announcement.

"It's an interesting development, but it is far from simple. The federation will also ask for the parents' ketubah [religious marriage document], which must be signed by a Sephardi rabbi, not a Mizrahi or Ashkenazi rabbi," he said.

Spanish law does not normally allow dual citizenship except for people from neighboring Andorra or Portugal or former colonies such as the Philippines, Equatorial Guinea or Latin American countries.

Around 300,000 Jews lived in Spain before the "Reyes Catolicos," Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, ordered Jews and Muslims to convert to the Catholic faith or leave the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel
KEYWORDS: andorra; churchhistory; deathtoislam; equatorialguinea; europeanunion; inquisition; israel; jews; philippines; portugal; puertorico; romancatholicism; sephardic; spain; worldhistory
Many of the Spanish surnames in the Americas - those ending is es or ez - have a Sephardic Jew origin. I recently discovered that my own family name was on a list of Sephardic Jews to be converted or expelled. They did not stay, obviously.
1 posted on 02/10/2014 5:13:52 AM PST by cll
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2 posted on 02/10/2014 5:14:37 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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An interesting follow-on to our earlier discussion about Spanish rescue of Jews during the Holocaust.

One of my high school friends is a Sephardic Jew, but I don’t think he’s inclined to go claim his Spanish citizenship.


3 posted on 02/10/2014 5:31:36 AM PST by henkster (Communists never negotiate.)
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To: cll

It’ll be very interesting if many of those Hispanic Sephardic Jews make aliyah.


4 posted on 02/10/2014 5:41:42 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: cll

It is not actually true that surnames ending in “ez” are of Jewish origin, although many people of Jewish origin used those surnames. Asturian patronymics ended in “ez” (Gallego and Portuguese patronymics, on the other hand, ended in “es”) with Rodrigo, the son of Gonzalo Pérez, having the name “Rodrigo González,” Sancho, the son of Rodrigo González, having the name “Sancho Rodríguez,” and Pedro, the son of Sancho Rodríguez, having the name “Pedro Sánchez.” When Jews in Spain had to adopt surnames, many just followed the Asturian custom in order to fit in, but Jews were a minority of those who bore them; the Spanish surnames with the highest percentage of Jewish bearers likely were the more overtly Catholic-sounding ones, like San Miguel or “De Jesús,” which were often selected by conversos precisely as an attempt to have their Catholicism not be questioned.

This new law presumably applies to Spanish Jews who weren’t conversos, but who left Spain in the 15th century in order to keep practicing their faith, so I don’t think that any Hernándezes ir Pérezes or Gutiérrezes need apply irrespective of their genealogy.


5 posted on 02/10/2014 5:55:37 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: henkster

I had a lot of Jewish classmates, but it never occurred to me to wonder of they were Ashkenazim or Sephardim. They were just the kids with the good grades, with a few exceptions.


6 posted on 02/10/2014 6:04:46 AM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: cll
Many of the Sephardic Jews went to the Ottoman Empire. Ivo Andric in his novel Bosnian Chronicle has an interesting depiction of the Sephardic Jews living in the town of Travnik in the early 1800s.

I once heard a talk in which the speaker cited the case of a Turkish consul posted to Chicago. His wife spoke no English but she didn't have any trouble--she could go to stores in the Hispanic neighborhoods and speak to the storekeepers in Spanish because she was a Sephardic Jew.

7 posted on 02/10/2014 6:14:15 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

Ladino, the original language of Spanish-origin Jews, is an old version of Spanish with some Hebrew and Arabic thrown in.


8 posted on 02/10/2014 7:13:51 AM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: cll

As a Catholic who is doing RCIA, one of the women canidates to be fully recieved into the Church this coming Easter, as well as finishing their two final initiation sacrements, she is of Spanish/Purto Rican origins, I wonder if her last name has either the es or ez.


9 posted on 02/10/2014 8:03:04 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: cll

As regards to the RCIA ministry, I am helping one of the two parish deacons who heads it up.


10 posted on 02/10/2014 8:10:49 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: cll

I think Columbus had six Jews sailing with the expedition.

Isn’t it strange that as Ferdinand and Isabella kicked them out that a new world was about to be found wherein Jews might thrive?


11 posted on 02/10/2014 8:15:40 AM PST by onedoug
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Pardon my ignorance, what’s RCIA?


12 posted on 02/10/2014 10:00:03 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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To: fishtank

And I wonder if the Israelis would allow us to make Aliyah.


13 posted on 02/10/2014 10:00:54 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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To: cll

RCIA means Rite of Christian Initation for Adults, a ministry of evangelization in the Catholic Church.


14 posted on 02/10/2014 10:04:26 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

That explains a lot about my last name, which is related not to a personal name, but the the name of a crop, followed by ES.

Gracias!


15 posted on 02/10/2014 10:04:32 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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To: Biggirl

Like baptism? Thanks!


16 posted on 02/10/2014 10:06:47 AM PST by cll (Serviam!)
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To: cll

Yes, baptism, confirmation, communion.


17 posted on 02/10/2014 10:08:16 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: onedoug
Isn’t it strange that as Ferdinand and Isabella kicked them out that a new world was about to be found wherein Jews might thrive?

Could have been found one day earlier, Columbus delayed a day due to harbor congestion caused by ships carrying Jews. The expulsion began four months after March 30. Crew boarded August 1, Columbus made it out August 3. First line of Columbus' diary, In the same month in which their Majesties issued the edict that all Jews should be driven out of the kingdom and its territories, in the same month they gave me the order to undertake with sufficient men my expedition of discovery to the Indies

18 posted on 02/10/2014 3:51:24 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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19 posted on 02/10/2014 3:52:44 PM PST by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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Seems Columbus knew what he was doing.

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20 posted on 02/10/2014 4:42:52 PM PST by onedoug
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