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15.8.2016. 18:17
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Spanish passport

The cover of a passport from Spain. (photo credit:ING IMAGE/ASAP)

The Sephardi chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Shlomo Amar, was among the latest group of recipients of Spanish nationality under Spain's law of return for descendants of Sephardi Jews.

The Spanish nationality was conferred on Amar Friday, according to the EFE news agency, along with 219 others. They were made Spanish nationals by a decree as per legislation that passed last year, under which descendants of Sephardi Jews with proven ties to Spain may naturalize as Spanish citizens. Over 4,300 have been awarded Spanish nationality under the law.

Hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Spain after 1492, when the Catholic Church and the country’s royal house instituted a campaign of persecution, forced conversion to Christianity and dispossession against Jews known as the Spanish Inquisition.