Spain denies embattled Turkish Jews are seeking citizenship

Members of Turkey’s Jewish community pray at Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul on October 11, 2004, during a ceremony to mark the official reopening of the synagogue (photo credit: AP/Murad Sezer)

Spain’s embassy in Ankara disputed a New York Times article claiming that thousands of Turkish Jews have applied for Spanish citizenship amid growing concern about anti-Semitism.

The May 26 Times article speaks of “thousands of Sephardic Jews in Turkey who trace their ancestry to Spain and are now applying for Spanish citizenship in anticipation of a parliamentary bill expected to pass this month in Madrid.”

But in its June 5 statement, the Spanish Embassy in Ankara said that Jews in Turkey are not applying for citizenship in Spain, saying: “No applications have yet been processed,” Turkey’s Daily Sabah reported.

Only after the bill’s approval by Spanish lawmakers will the government draft regulations that would allow for the implementation of the law, the embassy explained, but added that this law “is still in the process of being drafted”…

  • Minicapt

    Obviously, the Spanish government is paying inadequate attention to their instructions from the NYTimes.


    • Frau Katze

      Hard to say what’s going on. A lot of sources aren’t in English either.