Spain extends citizenship law for Sephardic Jews

The Time of Israel - 09.03.2018

MADRID, Spain — Spain said Friday it would extend by one year a law that makes it easier for descendants of Jews who were forced to flee five centuries ago during the Inquisition to get citizenship.

The law — which aims to correct the “historical mistake” of sending Jews into exile in 1492, forcing them to convert to Catholicism or burning them at the stake — came into effect in October 2015 and was set to expire in October 2018.

But government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Spain’s cabinet had agreed to extend the measure by one year until October 2019.

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