Spain

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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Revealed: the Jews who fought against Franco

By Marcus Dysch, June 30, 2011

Details of Jewish soldiers who fought Franco's fascists during the Spanish Civil War are included in an extensive list of veterans revealed for the first time by the National Archives.

They were among around 4,000 British volunteers who joined the International Brigades and were later investigated by MI5 for breaching the British government's non-intervention policy.

Around a fifth of the vo

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.

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