Spain

Franco made secret list of Jews for Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2010

Spain’s record of protecting its Jewish citizens during the Holocaust has come under scrutiny.

New records, published in Spanish newspaper El País, show the fascist General Franco had plans to send 6,000 Jews into the hands of Hitler.

The wartime Spanish leader, long claimed to have been sympathetic to Jews during the Holocaust, in fact helped compile a list of Spanish Jews for the Nazi regime.

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Spain bans Israeli group from gay parade

By Jennifer Lipman, June 9, 2010

Israel has been asked not to attend a Gay Pride event in Madrid because of the clashes on a Gaza-bound flotilla.

Organisers of Europe’s largest gay parade have withdrawn the offer for the Tel Aviv municipality to host a float at the event in July.

A Tel Aviv themed party featuring Israeli performers and DJs had been planned for the event in the Spanish capital, along with an appearance by a bus bearing the slogan "TLV Love Embassy".

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Israelis injured by pro-Palestinian activists

By Jennifer Lipman, June 8, 2010

A group of Israeli businessmen have been attacked and one man wounded in Madrid by pro-Palestinian protesters.

Spanish police have launched an investigation after a mob of about 200 students threw stones and paint at the businessmen. They were in the Spanish capital for a Spain-Israel Chamber of Commerce conference.

The protesters damaged a police car and shouted that the men were murderers who should “get out of Gaza” and "Freedom to the Palestinian people”.

The conference was cancelled after one Israeli suffered light injuries, when he was hit by a rock.

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Tel Aviv to go to Europe's largest gay parade

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2010

Israel’s gay community has been invited to take part in Europe’s largest gay parade.

The Tel Aviv Municipality will be the formal guests at the event in Madrid at the beginning of July.

Four representatives of Israel’s gay community, to be chosen via an audition process, will be in the Spanish capital to mark the parade.

There will also be a Tel Aviv themed party featuring Israeli performers and DJs, as well as an appearance by a bus bearing the slogan "TLV Love Embassy".

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Osasuna fans guilty of antisemitic abuse

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2009

The Spanish FA have fined Osasuna £5,340 after their fans were found guilty of hurling antisemitic abuse towards Real Mallorca’s goalkeeper Dudu Awat in La Liga last weekend.

Referee Alvarez Izquierdo noted in his match report to the Spanish FA that the crowd chanted "Jewish bastard" every time Awat touched the ball, and that the fans only stopped their racist abuse in the second half following five requests over the public announcement system.

The fans waved Palestinian flags and also shouted "murderer" at Awat.

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