Fences at Ceuta and Melilla may be impenetrable to fleeing immigrants, but the Spanish borders there and on the mainland look set to come down for the once-banished Sephardic communities from around the world.
Kicked out by Ferdinand and Isabel back in 1492, it looks as though the host country is having a re-think of the guest list.
The option of converting to Catholicism, leaving their homeland, or dying wasn’t much of a choice for the Jewish community in Spain back then, and most left, eventually scattering all around the world.
A time of great importance, as the expulsion of the Jews also became a turning point in the history of Spain.
So, what’s changed?
On October 2nd, tomorrow, Spain begins reviewing citizenship rights to the relatives of those who lost their homes and homeland back in the 15th century. It’s all thanks to the passing of LAW 12/2015 earlier this year, which grants citizenship to relatives of Sephardic Jews. Under this law, the relatives of the formerly displaced Jews will not have to actually visit a sun, sand, or Sangria Costa to take advantage of the changes. All they need to do is hire a notary, and pass a couple of tests on language and history. We can presume they’re well versed in the latter.
Where are they now?
The majority of new citizenship titles are expected to come from Morocco, Venzuela, and Turkey. Perhaps a gate and a welcome sign will have to be inserted in some of those fences, after all. It’s a funny old world.