8 Panamanians Receive Spanish Citizenship Under Sephardic Law Of Return – Forward

Posted By on May 24, 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) Eight Panamanian Sephardic Jews received Spanish citizenship from Spains ambassador to Panama in a ceremony at the embassy in Panama City.

The group swore allegiance to the Spanish Constitution and the King, reportedlocal news website Telemetro, thanks to a law passed two years ago that allows the conferring of Spanish citizenshiponthose who prove to be descendants of Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.

The ceremony held on Friday is an act of historical reparation with the Sephardic Jews who suffered the intolerance that was then not only in Spain, said Spanish ambassador to Panama, Ramon Santos.

Last year, another group of 23 Jews became Spanish citizens in Panama, including nationalized Venezuelan emigres who had escaped the economic crisis in their native country. Nearly 5,000 Sephardic Jewsbecamecitizens of Spain or Portugal in 2016 following the passing of laws on the naturalization of descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Be you, dear compatriots, welcome to this little piece of Spanish territory is the embassy of Spain, said the ambassador in Santos last year.

On June 24, 2015, Spains Congress approved the law granting Spanish nationality to Sephardic Jews.

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