En ny spansk lov åpner for at etterkommere av jøder som ble sparket ut av Spania på 1500-tallet kan få spansk statsborgerskap. En regner med det omfatter 3,5 million mennesker.
Sephardic ancestry bill causes embassy stir in Israel
Spain’s embassy in Tel Aviv has been inundated with inquiries from Israeli citizens interested in obtaining Spanish nationality after it was announced that a proposal opening the citizenship doors to descendants of Sephardic Jews was filed in Congress.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government has submitted the citizenship bill to lawmakers. If passed, it is estimated that around 3.5 million people who can prove their ancestry to the Jewish community that was expelled in 1492 could benefit.
3.5 million ‘Spanish’ Jews to apply for citizenship
Jewish associations expect 3.5 million Sephardic Jews to apply for Spanish citizenship after Spain’s Justice Ministry approved a draft law which will allow them to return to the country their ancestors were kicked out of more than 500 years ago.