Spain

Easyjet rejects claim it removed passengers from flight because they were Jewish

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

EasyJet has denied claims that it used armed police to segregate and remove passengers from a flight because they were Jewish.

It is understood that a passenger on a flight from Barcelona to Paris refused to sit down and fasten his seatbelt when the plane was on the runway before take-off.

The plane returned to the terminal, where all 180 passengers were removed.

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Spanish magazine may face legal action over ‘antisemitic’ cartoons

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2016

A prominent Jewish community in Spain is considering taking legal action against a satirical magazine which printed allegedly antisemitic and anti-Israel cartoons.

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Spain gives citizenship to more than 4,000 Sephardim

By Josh Jackman, October 4, 2015

The Spanish government has granted citizenship to 4,302 Sephardim whose Jewish ancestors were expelled from the country in 1492.

Under the new law, which was passed in June and came into effect on Thursday, successful applicants may retain their original nationality as well as becoming a Spanish citizen.

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Islamists planned to blow up synagogue in Barcelona

By Naomi Firsht, April 13, 2015

A group of jihadists has been arrested in Barcelona for plotting to bomb a Jewish bookstore.

The seven suspected members of an Islamist terror cell were also planning to target synagogues and public buildings in the Catalonia region of northern Spain.

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Seeing the armed police made us want to cry

March 5, 2015

The sun is casting long shadows over Valldoreix, a sleepy village surrounded by forests, 20km from Barcelona.

Next to Hatikva, one of Spain's three Jewish schools, a large olive tree rustles in the wind. The streets are empty.

The picture of serenity is punctured: policemen with machine guns walk into view.

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Spain citizenship offer is 'empty gesture'

December 18, 2014

Spain's decision to offer passports to descendants of Jews expelled under the Inquisition has been attacked as gesture politics after it emerged that those seeking naturalisation would have to clear a series of hurdles before being granted citizenship.

Revisions to legislation during a congressional committee last month mean that applicants would be tested in Spain by a government-approved nota

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Lions maul neo-Nazi

December 11, 2014

A Spanish neo-Nazi activist was mauled by a pack of lions after jumping into their enclosure at Barcelona Zoo this week.

Justo José Mira Payá, a former police-officer-turned-right-wing-extremist, was leapt on by one of the animals and pushed into a pit, where he was bitten and dragged along the ground.

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Spanish dictionary is definition of hate

November 13, 2014

Spain's equivalent of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines "Jewish" as "a person who is avaricious or usurious".

The 23rd edition of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) dictionary took 13 years to compile and was launched at a sombre ceremony presided over by King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia earlier this month.

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Israelis excited over Spanish passport law

By Noga Godein and Gur Salomon, February 21, 2014

After midnight at the second birthday party of the trendy Jerusalem bar, Mitteh, a bunch of drunken 20-somethings are kidding around. The subject of their mirth is the new Spanish law guaranteeing citizenship to any descendant of Jews who were expelled during the Spanish Inquisition.

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Granada shabbat, 500 years on

By JC Reporter, February 6, 2014

The former medieval Jewish quarter of Realejo in Granada, Spain, hosted its first Shabbat service for 500 years last month.

It took place in the city’s Jewish Museum, opened last April by French citizen Beatrice Chevalier Sola in her grandmother’s former home.

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