Spain

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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On this day: The Alhambra Decree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 31, 2011

The Spanish Inquisition, when the Catholic ruling couple Ferdinand and Isabella waged their murderous campaign against the Jews of Spain and then Portugal, was one of the darkest periods in European history.

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On this day: the Madrid train bombings

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Exactly two years and six months after terrorists struck the World Trade centre, a similarly-inspired group bombed ten sites in Madrid, including the busy interchange at Atocha station.

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Fear is still a Spanish acquisition

March 10, 2011

A major report on antisemitism about to be published in Spain makes for alarming reading.

The Observatory on Antisemitism in Spain will reveal that, according to a government-organised survey, almost 60 per cent of Spaniards believe "the Jewish people are powerful because they control the economy and the mass-media".

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Real Madrid's new signing? Shimon Peres

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

The Israeli President lent his football expertise to the Real Madrid team after joining the Spanish side for a practice session.

Shimon Peres, who is in Spain for a four day visit, met team-members including Ronaldo, Kaka and Pepe, as well as being presented with a personalised Real Madrid shirt and a silver replica of the Bernabéu stadium.

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Spanish warrant for suspected Nazi Demjanjuk

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2011

Spain has issued an arrest warrant for a man currently on trial in Germany for alleged Nazi war crimes.

John Demjanjuk is on trial in Munich over his suspected role in the deaths of more than 28,000 people at Sobibor concentration camp.

That trial began in November 2009, after the United States agreed to deport him. But the proceedings have been delayed because of questions over the health of Demjanjuk, now aged 90.

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Chabad man in cocaine arrest, insists innocence

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

A Chabad representative has been arrested in Spain after police found four kilograms of cocaine in his suitcase.

Eliyahu Hecht, who is based in Safed, was detained by police during a stopover on his flight from Costa Rica back home to Israel.

A friend said Mr Hecht had not known the drugs were in his possession and had been the victim of a smuggling scam. He said that before boarding the flight a woman asked Mr Hecht to deliver a suitcase to a woman in Madrid, but he refused.

Chabad activists have launched a campaign to raise money to defend Mr Hecht in the case.

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