Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:06 am
Spain speeding up naturalization for Sephardi Jews
The Associated Press
Sephardi Jews have had the option of seeking Spanish naturalization for decades. The change announced Thursday gives them special status and sets up a process for their ancestry to be vetted by the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities and forwarded to authorities for approval.
The federation says thousands of Sephardi Jews around the world could benefit, particularly those living in Latin America and Turkey.
Many Sephardi Jews fled to places like Istanbul, London and Cairo after the 1492 decree. Others who didn't convert were killed during the Inquisition.