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  • Spanish Cops Tape Irving’s Speech

    Spanish police recorded David Irving’s speech at a neo-Nazi bookstore in Barcelona with an eye toward charging him. Irving, the revisionist historian known for statements denying the Holocaust, in Barcelona and Madrid over the weekend defended in public speeches his theories on the Nazi genocide. Spanish police recorded Saturday’s gathering in Barcelona under the orders… More ▸

  • Rabbi: What I Saw at Saudi-led Interfaith Conference in Spain

    When King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia announced his intention some three months ago to reach out to the leaders of the main religions of the world to convene an interfaith dialogue and to work together to address major global challenges, understandably there was no shortage of skepticism. Saudi Arabia is the heartland of Islam and… More ▸

  • Pre-1492 Cemetery Discovery in Spain Raises Issues About Treatment of Dead

    Bones dating back to the Middle Ages or earlier that were discovered in what once was a Jewish cemetery in a small Spanish town were reburied in a Barcelona cemetery. Construction workers had come across the bodies of 158 people as they began work on a residential complex in Tarrega, in the interior of Catalonia…. More ▸

  • Director Supplies Unexpected Spanish Inquisition, with Portman in Multiple Roles

    LOS ANGELES — The parents who raised Oscar-winning director Milos Forman were Protestants, but both perished in Nazi concentration camps. The director’s adoptive father distributed “forbidden” books to his students during the Nazi occupation and was sent to a concentration camp. Amazingly, he was returned to Prague to stand trial, was even acquitted, but nevertheless… More ▸

  • Spanish Leader in Kaffiyeh Spurs Backlash After Fierce Criticism of Israel

    The prime minister poses for a photo wearing a Palestinian headdress. The opposition accuses him of anti-Semitism and “Israelophobia.” The war between Israel and Hezbollah is having repercussions in Spain in ways not seen before. After decades of pro-Arab sympathies, Spanish governments in recent years have made efforts to moderate their views on the Arab-Israeli… More ▸

  • Spain and Israel Celebrate Ties, but Continue to Differ on Mideast

    After World War II, most European countries wasted little time in recognizing Israel. But it took Spain 38 years to do so, a delay that long has clouded relations between Spain and Israel. Earlier this month, diplomats and experts from both countries gathered in this mountain retreat northwest of Madrid to reflect on the 20th… More ▸

  • Meeting in Spain, Imams and Rabbis Pledge to Defuse Religious Tensions

    It’s not often that the keynote speakers at a conference speak openly about the possibility that the meeting will fail. But speakers at the second World Congress of Rabbis and Imams for Peace, held Sunday through Tuesday in Seville, Spain, made it clear that if this year’s event doesn’t lead to a concrete plan of… More ▸