06 March 2014

Spain To Grant Jews Citizenship After Expulsion 522 Years Ago, But What About Muslims?

Spain To Grant Jews Citizenship After Expulsion 522 Years Ago, But What About Muslims? By David Kashi (International Business Times, 21 February 2014)

Excerpts:
After the Spanish Parliament approved a draft bill that would grant citizenship to Jews whose ancestors were forced to leave during the Inquisition, 522 years ago, the country’s Muslim population is demanding the same rights, as their ancestors were also expelled. “The Spanish state should grant the same rights to all those who were expelled,” Bayi Loubaris, president of the Association for Historical Legacy of al-Andalus, an organization that promotes the heritage of Muslims in Spain, told the Spanish news agency EFE. “Otherwise their decision is selective, if not racist.” Loubaris was responding to a draft bill introduced Feb. 10 that would naturalize descendants of Spanish Jews, who now live all over the world. He and many other prominent Muslims see a double standard. However, Loubaris did say that Spain’s decisions were "very positive" and an acknowledgement of the "guilt of the Spanish state in expelling its own citizens."

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