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Over 132,000 Sephardic Jews Apply for Spanish Citizenship as Offer Expires

Posted by Jean-Yves on Oct 7, 2019

Over 500 years after their descendants were expelled from Spain in 1492, more than 132,000 Jews have applied for Spanish nationality under a limited-term offer, officials said after the deadline expired.

Passed by the Spanish parliament in October 2015, the law sought to try and address a “historic mistake” by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella who in 1492 ordered Spain’s Jewish community to either convert to Catholicism or be burned at the stake.

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