The Spanish government is inching closer to providing an expedited path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews.
Now that the Spanish king is quitting, Josh Nathan-Kazis asks if the proposed citizenship law for Sephardic Jews will die — or will he still get to return to the land of his ancestors?
The frenzy over Spain’s move to give Sephardi Jews citizenship, which some have dubbed Israel’s ‘Spanish fever,’ is spreading. But there may be more hurdles than meet the eye.
Israeli Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said that Jews outside Israel “should have some sort of say” in the Israeli government’s affairs, and even suggested offering “semi-citizenship” to Diaspora Jews.
The conferring of Spanish citizenship to Sephardic Jews will be automatic and independent of the government’s discretion, the country’s justice minister told a delegation of American Jews.
When Josh Nathan-Kazis went to Spain to see about claiming citizenship as a Sephardic Jew, he was told he couldn’t. Now, he can. But will he?
The Spanish government approved a new law on February 7 to allow Sephardic Jews to claim Spanish citizenship without relinquishing their current citizenship.
A town council in the German state of Bavaria voted to strip Adolf Hitler of his honorary citizenship.
Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Knicks star who claims Hebrew roots and is currently touring Israel, is seeking Israeli citizenship.
The parliament of Portugal is scheduled to vote on whether to naturalize descendants of 16th century Jews who fled the country because of religious persecution.