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  • Minister in Spanish Government First Jew Since Inquisition

    The first Jew to serve in the Spanish government since the Jews were expelled from Spain nearly 500 years ago will take the oath of office here Tuesday. Enrique Mugica Herzog, a 56-year-old Socialist activist from San Sebastian, in the Basque region, will be sworn in as minister of justice. His appointment was part of… More ▸

  • Spanish Arms Deal with Israel Running into Domestic Opposition

    The Spanish Defense Ministry’s efforts to involve Israel Aircraft Industries in a $200 million project to modernize 24 Mirage-3 combat aircraft in the Spanish air force has run into strong opposition. Defense Minister Narciso Serra decided some time ago that two Spanish companies, Ceselsa and Casa, would put together a consortium to do the work…. More ▸

  • Spanish-israeli Relations Grow Colder

    Spanish-Israeli relations, which had gotten off to a promising start when Spain recognized the Jewish state in 1987, have become more strained of late, owing to Spanish sympathy for the Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-administered territories. Friction further escalated last week when a Spanish firm, Esperanza Y Cia, lost out to an Israeli weapons manufacturer… More ▸

  • Spanish-israeli Relations Suffer from Media Bashing

    Fears are growing here that the recent improvement in Israeli-Spanish relations will fall victim to what observers see as one of the strongest anti-Israel campaigns ever in the Spanish media. The negative portrayal of Israel seen lately in most Western capitals goes far beyond harsh criticism in Spain. Even the most respected, mass circulation newspapers… More ▸

  • Eban Urges Spain to Play Role in Fostering Arab-jewish Peace

    Abba Eban appealed last week to the leaders of Spain and the Spanish people to use their unique position as a member of the European Community and a bridge to the Arab world to play a constructive, if indirect, role to improve prospects for peace in the Middle East. “Spain should ask itself, as the… More ▸

  • Brazil Protests to Iran for Distributing Portuguese ‘protocols’

    Brazil has protested to Iran for publishing and distributing a Portuguese translation of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Iranian charge d’affaires in Brasilia, Mouhmud Entiaz, was called to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, where he was harshly admonished. He was told that the “Protocols” are a racist and anti-Semitic falsification forbidden by law… More ▸

  • Portugal Awards One of Its Highest Honors to Aristides De Sousa Mendes

    Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese consul general who disobeyed his country by issuing thousands of visas to Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied France, was posthumously awarded one of Portugal’s highest honors here Tuesday. The award caps a longtime effort by de Sousa Mendes’ family and U.S. Congressmen to pay tribute to the man who died penniless… More ▸