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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Portugal gets £4m fund for heritage sites

By Kevin Zdiara, August 16, 2013

Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier, has announced a £4.3m project aimed at restoring and renovating Portugal’s Jewish heritage sites.


Rock and other hard places

By Derek Taylor, August 11, 2013

There is a fascinating connection between two current stories in the news.

The first is the Spanish continuing harassment of the Gibraltarians in their efforts to regain the colony for Spain. The second is the pressure on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. Jews were involved from the beginning in both cases.


Spanish chief rabbi denies calling gays "deviants"

By JCReporter, August 8, 2013

A spokeswoman for the Jewish community in Madrid has denied the authenticity of quotes attributed to its chief rabbi in which he reportedly called gays “deviants” who need “re-educating”.

Rabbi Moshe Bendahan was alleged to have made the comments last week during an interview for Religion Digital, a news website.


Spanish politicians reject Holocaust memorial

By Sandy Rashty, April 3, 2013

Politicians from the Spanish region of Galicia have rejected a draft resolution to commemorate the Holocaust, according to reports.

In Spain's provincial administrations, a council of speakers must approve a national resolution before it is submitted to the local parliament.