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  • Spanish pol says BDS law would mean “rethink” of Jewish music fest

    1 week ago

    A far-left lawmaker from the Spanish city of Cordoba said that a local Jewish music festival would need to be rethought if a motion she had submitted in favor of boycotting Israel passed.

    Amparo Pernichi, Cordoba’s alderwoman for landscape and infrastructure, linked Israel to the...

  • Questions for the European Left

    1 week ago

    Why don't we see demonstrations against Islamic dictatorships in London, Paris, Barcelona?

    Or demonstrations against the Burmese dictatorship?

    Why aren't there demonstrations against the enslavement of millions of women who live without any legal protection?

    Why aren't...

  • Matisyahu performs outside Auschwitz following Spain appearance

    August 27, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Three days after a performing at a reggae festival in Spain that had previously disinvited him, Matisyahu brought his music to a synagogue near the gates of Auschwitz.

    The Jewish-American singer gave an intimate acoustic concert Tuesday night in the tiny Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot...

  • Israel’s football team playing Spain in first international game

    August 25, 2015 | 11:33 am

    Israel’s national football team will compete in Spain in its first official international game.

    The Israelis will play the Spanish national team on Sunday in a bid to qualify for the International Federation of American Football’s B-Group International Tournament in 2016.


  • Matisyahu Played, but BDS Racism is Winning

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    August 23, 2015 | 7:21 pm

    We won the battle, but are losing the war.

    As much as anyone I’m thrilled that Matisyahu performed “Jerusalem” at the Rototom reggae festival this past Saturday night in Spain.

    Organizers had to apologize and re-invite him after they cancelled him.

    The cancellation was...

  • Jewish groups protest cancellation of Matisyahu’s Spanish concert

    August 17, 2015 | 11:29 am

    Jewish groups protested on Monday after a Spanish reggae festival cancelled a concert by an American Jewish musician when he failed to reply to a demand to clarify his position on Palestinian statehood.

    Matisyahu, who fuses reggae, hip-hop and rock with Jewish influences in his...

  • New law offers Sephardim right of return to Spain

    By Roberto Loiederman

    July 23, 2015 | 6:28 pm

    On June 11, the government of Spain unanimously passed a law that attempts to right a historic wrong: It offers descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain in 1492 a less arduous path toward Spanish citizenship. Under the new law, Sephardim seeking Spanish...

  • Name change for ‘Kill Jews’ in Spain becomes official

    June 23, 2015 | 12:30 pm

    A town in northern Spain has officially changed its name from “Kill Jews Town.”

    On Monday, the town formerly known as Castrillo Matajudíos published its new name — Castrillo Mota de Judios, or Castrillo Jews’ Hill — in the official state gazette.

    The official renaming comes a...

  • Spanish Congress to vote on final amendments to Jewish citizenship law

    June 9, 2015 | 10:34 am

    Spain’s congress is poised to vote on final amendments that would make it possible for descendants of Sephardic Jews to apply for citizenship.

    The Congress of Deputies is scheduled to vote on the amendments on June 11, according to a statement published on the congress’...

  • Spain Islamists accused in Jewish bookstore bomb plot

    April 10, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Members of a suspected militant Islamist cell arrested this week in Spain were trying to obtain explosives to bomb a Jewish bookshop in Barcelona, an investigating magistrate said on Friday.

    Other potential targets of the group included synagogues and public buildings in the...

  • Spain’s lower parliament passes Sephardic return bill

    March 26, 2015 | 11:14 am

    Legislation in Spain that would naturalize Sephardic Jews was approved by the country’s lower parliament.

    The legislation approved Wednesday goes to the country’s Senate for a vote. It is expected to go into effect in May.

    The draft bill was introduced in February 2014 by...

  • French parliament votes for recognition of Palestinian state

    December 2, 2014 | 10:59 am

    French lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize a Palestinian state, a symbolic move that will not immediately affect France's diplomatic stance but demonstrates growing European impatience with a stalled peace process.

    While most developing countries recognize...

  • Spanish parliament backs call for eventual Palestine state

    November 18, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    Spanish lawmakers on Tuesday urged their government to recognize Palestine as a state, albeit only when the Palestinians and Israel negotiate a solution to their long-standing conflict.

    The symbolic motion, which echoes similar votes last month in Britain and Ireland, was backed...

  • Zara ‘sorry’ for t-shirt that looks like Nazi camp uniform

    August 27, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain's Inditex, pulled from sale on Wednesday a striped children's top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.

    The shirt, bearing horizontal blue and...

  • Cruz, Bardem: Moral idiots

    By Dennis Prager

    August 6, 2014 | 11:58 am

    About 10 days ago, Penelope Cruz and her husband, Javier Bardem, signed a public letter in Spain along with prominent Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and other Spanish directors and actors accusing Israel of “genocide” and “extermination.”

    Some excerpts (unofficial translation...

  • Spain suspends arms sales to Israel over Gaza operation

    August 5, 2014 | 10:16 am

    The Spanish government “provisionally suspended” arms sales to Israel over its operation in Gaza.

    The country’s Interministerial Regulatory Board on Foreign Trade and Defense made the decision last week in Madrid, the Spanish daily El Pais reported Monday.

    Spanish arms sales to...

  • Spanish town named ‘kill Jews’ to seek Jewish studies center

    June 24, 2014 | 11:06 am

    The Spanish town in the process of changing its name because it contains the words “kill Jews” is promoting plans to open a Jewish studies center.

    Lorenzo Rodriguez, the mayor of Castrillo Matajudios in northern Spain, was scheduled to present the plan at a meeting Wednesday at...

  • Spanish city making ancient Jewish cemetery accessible to disabled

    June 13, 2014 | 11:35 am

    A Spanish municipality plans to make one of the country’s largest Jewish cemeteries accessible to disabled people.

    Work on the accessibility project began Wednesday at the Jewish cemetery of Lucena in the autonomous province of Cordoba in Spain’s south, Europa Press reported.

  • Seeing Seville

    By Elyse Glickman

    June 4, 2014 | 11:42 am

    In Spain’s fourth-largest city, Seville, the Juderia (Jewish quarter) is a vibrant maze of brightly painted buildings, vest-pocket-sized parks, sidewalk cafes, flamenco-show venues and boutiques. 

    While this should come as no surprise — it is the area’s social and commercial...

  • They call me Matajudios

    March 26, 2014 | 10:13 am

    There is a town in Spain called Castrillo Matajudios, and in Colombia “Matajudios” is a common surname.

    The problem is, in Spanish one meaning of the name is “Kills Jews.” Which has led a Colombian emigre cashier in Argentina to attract the ire of a Jewish organization there.

  • Spain OK’s bill for Jewish return

    February 7, 2014 | 1:53 pm

    Spain’s Jewish community congratulated the government for approving a bill proposing to facilitate the naturalization of Sephardic Jews of Spanish descent.

    On Friday, Spain’s government approved the bill, which was filed last month by the ruling Popular Party and proposes to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 25, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Israeli musician David Broza has been considered one of the most dynamic and vibrant performers in the singer/songwriter world.


    His charismatic and energetic performances have brought to worldwide audiences a fusion of the three different countries in which he was raised:...

  • WWFD: What Would Figueres Do?

    By Rob Eshman

    July 10, 2013 | 11:21 am

    I spent Egypt’s second revolution in Costa Rica, in the jungle. It’s amazing what the past of one country can teach you about the present of another.

    Our trip didn’t take us to San Jose long enough for us to visit the small but active Jewish community centered there. We landed...

  • Spanish town prepares first seder in 500 years

    March 11, 2013 | 6:06 am

    A town in northern Spain is preparing to hold its first Passover seder since 1492.

    The festive dinner will take place in the old center of the town of Ribadavia on March 25 and is being organized by the municipality’s tourism department in partnership with the Center for Medieval...

  • Israel faces European backlash over settlement plan

    December 3, 2012 | 7:49 am

    Israel faced concerted criticism from Europe on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to expand settlement building after the United Nations' de facto recognition of Palestinian statehood.

    Britain, France and Sweden summoned the Israeli ambassadors in their...

  • Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in 2011, report says

    July 5, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Online anti-Semitism in Spain doubled in volume last year, according to a Spanish Jewish community monitor.

    In a report on anti-Semitism in Spain in 2011, the Observatory on Anti-Semitism in that country counted more than 1,000 anti-Semitic sites and web pages that it said were...

  • Humbly Luxurious

    By Michael Israel

    July 3, 2012 | 12:22 pm

    Luxury apartments for rent! Luxury car sale this weekend! Luxury socks, get them while supplies last! The term Luxury is almost as overused as the word gourmet, so much that it has almost lost its meaning. Truly luxurious food typically utilizes scarce or expensive ingredients, and...

  • Spain reaches out to American Jewish tourists

    June 27, 2012 | 1:09 pm

    Unless you can read artistically distorted Hebrew, you might not realize that the logo of a program by Spain’s tourism board spells out the four letters of “Sepharad,” the Hebrew word for Spain. And unless you know European geography, you might not realize that the distorted...

  • Stewing Over the Spanish Inquisition

    By Michael Israel

    June 25, 2012 | 1:33 pm

    The single most incriminating dish of the Spanish Inquisition, Adafina, is the first entry in Gil Marks’ inspiring tome, Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. Reviewing the more than 300 recipes in this incredible book, a few critical facts about Jews become clear. We have been kicked out...

  • Spain, Israel mark 25 years of diplomatic relations

    January 23, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Spain and Israel at a ceremony in Madrid marked 25 years of diplomatic relations.

    Prizes were awarded at a Jan. 17 ceremony to individuals and institutions that have contributed to the coming together of the two countries over the last quarter century. Eighteen people received the...

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