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  • Spain Releases Former Nazi Remer After His Arrest on German Order

    A Spanish judge has released Otto Remer, a former Nazi officer and neo-Nazi leader who was detained on a German extradition order in Spain last week and placed under house arrest. Judge Baltasar Garzon based his decision to free Remer in part on the 81-year-old’s poor health and on the fact that Spain does not… More ▸

  • Key Nazi Figure Arrested in Spain; Was Also Active in Neo-nazi Activity

    Otto Remer, the former commander of Adolf Hitler’s Berlin headquarters and prominent neo-Nazi leader after World War II, was arrested this week at the Malaga airport in southern Spain. Remer was arrested on a German extradition order issued after he fled Germany two months ago before he was to begin a 22-month prison term for… More ▸

  • Spanish King’s Visit to Israel Termed an Outstanding Success

    King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain left Israel on Thursday following a state visit that Foreign Ministry officials called an outstanding success. The seven agreements of cooperation signed during the visit are being seen as the foundation for extensive future economic cooperation between the two countries. The king, at a farewell ceremony at… More ▸

  • Spanish King, in First Visit to Israel, Praises Country’s Peace Breakthrough

    In what was perhaps the highlight of his three-day visit to Israel, King Juan Carlos of Spain addressed the Knesset this week, making what observers here described as an outspoken political speech. In his Knesset speech Tuesday, Juan Carlos, who is on his first trip to Israel, congratulated the country on its breakthrough toward peace… More ▸

  • Israel Entertains Reigning King with Visit of Spain’s Juan Carlos

    In a development hailed as a “breakthrough” by top diplomatic officials here, King Juan Carlos of Spain is making his first visit to Israel this week. The trip heralds a warming in relations between the two countries. Israeli and Spanish officials are expected to sign six agreements for economic cooperation during the king’s three-day stay… More ▸

  • Murder of Dominican May Signal Arrival of Xenophobia in Spain

    The recent murder of a Dominican woman in a Madrid suburb has raised concern that the wave of xenophobia rocking Germany and other European countries has arrived in Spain. On Nov. 13, four hooded men broke into an abandoned discotheque which tens of Dominicans had made into a makeshift home. The attackers shot Lucrecia Perez… More ▸

  • Christians Stage Massive Repentance for Edict Expelling Jews from Spain

    Some 1,000 Christians from 50 countries staged a massive act of repentance in Toledo last week for the edict that expelled Jews from Spain 500 years ago. They made public petitions signed by thousands of Christians worldwide calling for the restoration to Jewish administration of an ancient Toledo synagogue, Santa Maria la Blanca. The imposing… More ▸

  • Peres Cuts Short Visit to Spain After Wife Suffers Heart Attack

    Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres cut short a European tour here Monday after his wife, Sonia, suffered a heart attack in Jerusalem. Peres ended up staying here just half a day and managed only to meet with King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez. He was having lunch with Gonzalez when he was told… More ▸

  • Youth to Visit Morocco, Spain

    A delegation of almost 500 Israeli youths will embark on a tour of Spain and Morocco for the culmination of events commemorating the 500th anniversary of the deportation of the Jews from Spain. It will be the first organized visit of Israeli youths to an Arab country except for Egypt, and is intended to explore… More ▸

  • Spain Provides Refuge to Jews Who Fled Strife-torn Sarajevo

    The Spanish government has given temporary refuge to 52 Jews from the war-torn former Yugoslav republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Twenty-one of them arrived here last Friday in an operation arranged by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Spain, which had received a request from the Belgrade Jewish community. The rest were due Monday. The group that… More ▸