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Spain offers Sephardim new deal on citizenship

By Adam Feinstein, November 29, 2012

In a landmark decision, the Spanish government has ruled that all Sephardim — the descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 — will be able to acquire Spanish nationality wherever they live in the world, provided they obtain accreditation from the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities (FCJE).

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Spanish student rabbi with a mission

By Simon Rocker, October 5, 2012

Haim Casas has just arrived in London as one of the new crop of rabbinic students at the Leo Baeck College. It is not a career that would have originally crossed his mind growing up in a Catholic family in Cordoba, Spain.

But his journey to Judaism was not just a new beginning: it was also, after centuries, a kind of return.

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Anti-Israel activists ask Barcelona FC to uninvite Gilad Shalit

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

Anti-Israel activists in Spain have called on Barcelona football club to drop an invitation to Gilad Shalit to attend a derby game against Real Madrid.

The four-time European Cup winners offered the former prisoner of war tickets to the October 7 El Clásico match as a gesture of goodwill.

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Spanish community attempt to edit the dictionary

By Anna Sheinman, September 10, 2012

The representative body of Spanish Jews has renewed efforts to have a word that is insulting to Jews removed from the official national dictionary.

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Apple asked to remove app offering 'Medieval' anti-Jewish stereotypes

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

Stumped for an unflattering word that also means "Jew"? Spanish-speaking iPhone users have found a solution.

A Spanish-language thesaurus application called "iSinónimos" is available in the iTunes store for free. But the app, sold by developer Alberto Garcia Hierro, brings up some surprising results.

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New dawn for Spain-Israel

By Daniel Leitch, December 1, 2011

Following the victory of the centre-right Popular Party in Spain's general elections last month, most eyes will be on the nation's fragile finances. Perhaps just as significant, however, will be a shift in foreign policy.

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An Algarve Jewish renaissance

By Susi Rogol Goodkind, November 7, 2011

There are probably no more than 50 or 60 Jews resident in the Algarve today – expats from around the world, mainly, but of course hundreds more visit the region every year, attracted by the sunshine, the golf, the laid-back lifestyle and the charm of both its unspoilt inland villages and glitzy beach resorts.

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Jewish life returns to city of Spanish Inquisition

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A town which was at the centre of the Spanish inquisition will be the location of Yom Kippur services this year for the first time since 1492.

That was the year when Jews were expelled from Spain, including from Cordoba, the birthplace of the scholar Moses Maimonides and until then a centre for Jewish life.

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Israel off Spanish clothing map at Pull and Bear

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

In almost any shopping mall in Israel you will find the clothing store Pull and Bear - there are 22 outlets across the country.

In its UK flagship Oxford Street store, however, you won't find mention of an Israeli presence.

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Spanish flotilla activists occupy Athens embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Spanish pro-Palestinian activists have launched a sit-in in an embassy in Athens to protest against Greece's decision to stop flotillas sailing from their ports to Gaza.

A group of 21 activists have refused to leave the Spanish embassy, although not all are currently inside the building.

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