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  • Reward for Gaza Move? in Spain, a Move to Downgrade E.u.-israel Ties

    A Spanish political party’s recent appeal for Europe to downgrade its ties with Jerusalem has angered Israel, which anticipated improved diplomatic treatment after the recent Gaza Strip withdrawal. The party is small and the non-binding appeal was watered down in the Spanish Parliament, but Israeli diplomats appear eager to send a message to European politicians… More ▸

  • Spanish Police Looking for Ex-nazi Believed to Be Hiding Near Coastline

    A Spanish police unit is searching for one of the most-wanted Nazi war criminals. A National Police spokesman said new evidence points to the possibility that Aribert Heim, 91, may be living undercover somewhere near the Mediterranean coastal city of Alicante. The Simon Wiesenthal Center ranks Heim as the No. 2 most wanted Nazi war… More ▸

  • At Osce Meeting, Spain Stresses the Positive, Glosses over Negative

    It was the whitewashed walls and narrow alleyways of the Jewish Quarter — abutting the magnificent eighth-century mosque held up by more than 850 marble columns — that produced the Jewish sages Maimonides and Judah Halevy. It’s also this sun-baked Spanish city on the shimmering Guadalquivir River that claims the great Muslim and Christian philosophers… More ▸

  • After Reference to His Jewishness, Spanish Ad Exec Loses His Soccer Bid

    A Spanish advertising executive has lost his campaign to become president of one of Europe’s legendary soccer teams after a rival accused him of covering up his Jewish identity. But Lluis Bassat’s Jewishness may have been less important in his failed bid to take over FC Barcelona than the prospect — mistaken in the end… More ▸

  • Spanish City Celebrates Tolerance, Reaps Benefits from Embrace of Israel

    About a decade ago, this city in the arid south of Spain put up a plaque to mark the location of its old Jewish quarter, or “Juderia” as it’s called in Spanish. Then researchers in the municipal archive made some surprising discoveries about the fate of Jews in a time when mass anti-Semitic hysteria and… More ▸