Spain

They shall not pass

By Colin Shindler, July 14, 2016

For some people, life was split in two on June 22 1941, for some on September 3 1939 and for others on July 18 1936.

So wrote the Soviet Jewish writer, Ilya Ehrenburg about the start of war against Nazi Germany.

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Spanish far-left party tweets antisemitic image

By Daniel Sugarman, July 8, 2016

The Madrid branch of Izquierda Unida (United Left) tweeted an antisemitic image of US President Barack Obama locked in an embrace with a Jewish man. Mr Obama is due to arrive in Spain for a state visit on July 10.

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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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