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  • In Ironic Twist of History, Spain Now Attracting Argentine Jews

    It was standing room only in the B’nai Brith office that Madrid’s tiny, rabbi-less Conservative synagogue uses for its Kabbalat Shabbat services. After concluding prayers on a recent Friday night, Bet El’s congregation remained seated to talk about reports that tens of thousands of Argentine Jews — most of them members of the Conservative movement… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World As Far As Jewish Past Goes, Reconciliation is the Word in Spain

    “Sepharad is your home.” Those soothing, welcoming words were pleasant to hear, especially from a non-Jewish Spanish official, the head of tourism in the small town of Castello d’Empuries in Catalonia in Spain’s northeastern corner. “Spain is your home,” the official had said, using the Hebrew word “Sepharad,” a symbolic reminder that 500 years of… More ▸

  • Spain Removes an Obstacle in Path of Israel’s Membership in U.N. Group

    Israel came a step closer to full participation at the United Nations when Spain dropped its objections to letting the Jewish state join the European regional bloc at the world body. Spain became the last E.U. country to drop its objections, Vice President Al Gore told Jewish leaders Sunday. “We welcome the news,” Malcolm Hoenlein,… More ▸

  • Italy to Ask Spain to Extradite Achille Lauro Hijacker Who Fled

    Italy will seek the extradition of a Palestinian convicted of the 1985 Achille Lauro hijacking who was recaptured in Spain. The chief of the Italian police anti-terrorism division said the Italian Justice Ministry was preparing an extradition request for Youssef Magied al- Molqi, adding that the request could take up to 45 days to process…. More ▸

  • Spanish Court Acquits Syrian of Links to Achille Lauro Ordeal

    A Madrid court has acquitted a Syrian arms dealer who was charged with aiding the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1985, according to the World Jewish Congress. Monzer al- Kassar was arrested in June 1992 on charges that he had supplied Kalashnikov assault rifled and grenades to the hijackers…. More ▸

  • 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 ▸