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  • Spanish Court Frowns on Nazi Comics

    A Barcelona court has sentenced the publisher of an anti-Semitic comic book to 32 days in jail and fined him $1,000. The publisher, Damian Carulla, was also forbidden to publish further editions of the comic book "Hitler SS" in Spain. The ruling overturned an earlier court decision that had absolved Carulla and his Makoki publishing… More ▸

  • Ancient Toledano Family Receives Welcome and Apology in Spain

    Queen Sofia of Spain received a Ketubah chronicling the marriages of the Toledano family from the time Daniel Toledano, chief rabbi of Castille, left the land of his ancestors in 1492. In turn, 20 members of the Toledano family each received the key to the city of Toledo with letters asking for forgiveness for the… More ▸

  • Spain Approves Proposed Accord Giving Judaism Official Status

    The Spanish government has given a major boost to a historic accord that would grant the 12,000-member Jewish community of Spain a status almost identical to that of the Roman Catholic Church. The accord, which was drawn up two years ago and signed a few days before the 500th anniversary of the edict expelling Spain’s… More ▸

  • King of Spain Pays Tribute to Jews 500 Years After Edict of Expulsion

    In a ceremony redolent of the pomp and flourish that befits royalty, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Sofia righted a 15th-century wrong on Tuesday. In the presence of Israeli President Chaim Herzog; his predecessor, Yitzhak Navon; and hundreds of others at Madrid’s Beth Yaacov synagogue, the Spanish regents honored the Jews whose ancestors… More ▸

  • Herzog, Visiting Madrid, Salutes Spain and Israel’s Common Culture

    Israeli President Chaim Herzog described his official visit here on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Spain’s Jews as a dream. “I wonder if all those great immortals– Maimonides, Ibn Gvirol, Nachmanides, Shmuel Hanagid, Yehuda Levy to name a few — ever dreamt for one moment that the president of an… More ▸

  • Spain’s Ambiguous Nazi Era Role Emerges During Revisionist Tour

    A lecture tour in Spain by French Holocaust revisionist Robert Faurisson has called attention to this country’s ambiguous role during the Nazi era and its strivings toward democracy since the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975. The Paris Court of Justice convicted Faurisson last year of falsifying history and inciting racial hatred. A civil… More ▸

  • Spanish Court Clears Holocaust Satire

    A Spanish court has ruled that a Barcelona publishing house did not violate the law when it published a cartoon book satirizing the Holocaust. But the plaintiffs, who include the local B’nai B’rith chapter and an organization of Holocaust survivors, plan to appeal the lower court’s decision, which absolves Editorial Makoki and its director, Damia… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Portugal’s Assumption of E.c. Chair May Mean Better Treatment for Arabs

    The Arab-Israeli peace talks under way in Washington coincide with Portugal’s ascension to the rotating chairmanship of the European Community’s Council of Ministers, an office it will hold through June 30. Not coincidentally, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy flew Sunday to Lisbon for a two-day visit. The Egyptian foreign minister, Amr Moussa, was there last… More ▸

  • Levy off to Portugal, then China, Amid Diplomatic Hints from India

    Foreign Minister David Levy is at the center of new diplomatic activity this week. He flew to Lisbon on Sunday for a two-day official visit to Portugal, which assumed the rotating chairmanship of the European Community’s Council of Ministers on Jan. 1. His next stop may be China. Word just came from Beijing confirming its… More ▸

  • Spanish Leader Visits Israel 500 Years After the Expulsion

    Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez of Spain participated in ceremonies here Monday marking the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Spanish Jewry. He was the guest of President Chaim Herzog at the presidential residence following talks with Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and Foreign Minister David Levy. Gonzalez, on the first official visit to Israel by a… More ▸