Semitic peoples http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/40032/all en Greek Jews commemorate 70th anniversary of Auschwitz deportation http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/greek-jews-commemorate-70th-anniversary-auschwitz-deportation-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Greece's second largest city Thessaloniki on Saturday commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of its Jews to the Auschwitz concentration camp.</p> <p>Around one thousand people walked in a silent march to the old railway station where the first train left Greece's northern city for the notorious death camp on March 15, 1943.</p> <p>Flowers were thrown onto the rails after the march, and the Thessaloniki Jewish Community Choir gave a performance.</p> <p>Among the people taking part in the solemn walk was Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis, according to an AFP reporter.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130316/greek-jews-commemorate-70th-anniversary-auschwitz-deportation-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Greece Religion Semitic peoples War AFP Sat, 16 Mar 2013 13:45:38 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5785336 at http://www.globalpost.com Cologne revives forgotten Jewish heritage piece by piece http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/cologne-revives-forgotten-jewish-heritage-piece-piece <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>After long being sidelined for Roman excavations, an archaeological dig in western Germany has unearthed myriad traces of daily life in one of Europe's oldest and biggest Jewish communities.</p> <p>From ceramic dishes and tools to toys, animal bones and jewellery, some 250,000 artefacts have so far shed light on various periods in 2,000 years of the city of Cologne's history.</p> <p>And they include many piecing together Cologne's little-known but rich Jewish history.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130331/cologne-revives-forgotten-jewish-heritage-piece-piece" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cologne Religion Semitic peoples AFP Sun, 31 Mar 2013 04:01:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5797927 at http://www.globalpost.com Portugal citizenship offer to repair medieval expulsion of Jews http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130412/portugal-citizenship-offer-repair-medieval-expulsion-jews <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Portugal's parliament unanimously passed a law Friday offering citizenship to descendants of Jews persecuted and ordered expelled in the 15th century.</p> <p>The legislation sought to repair the effects of a decree issued in 1497 by Portugal's king Manuel I that ordered all Jews out of the country unless they converted to Christianity.</p> <p>A deputy in Portugal's ruling coalition, Jose Ribeiro e Castro, called the law's passage a "historic day".</p> <p>"We want to once again welcome all those who never should have had to leave," he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130412/portugal-citizenship-offer-repair-medieval-expulsion-jews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Religious identity Semitic peoples AFP Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:30:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5813754 at http://www.globalpost.com Ashkenazi Jews have western European ancestry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/ashkenazi-jews-have-western-european-ancestry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Ashkenazi Jews trace their maternal lineage to southern and western Europe, rather than the Near East or Caucasus as many Jews believe, according to a study published on Tuesday.</p> <p>The ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews -- Jews who dispersed into central and eastern Europe in the early Middle Ages -- is a hotly debated topic.</p> <p>There are competing schools of thought but general agreement that their ancestors migrated from Palestine after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/131008/ashkenazi-jews-have-western-european-ancestry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Asia Semitic peoples Technology AFP Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:16:18 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5955436 at http://www.globalpost.com Israel's Sephardim abuzz at expanded Spanish citizenship offer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140210/israels-sephardim-abuzz-at-expanded-spanish-citizenship-offer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Dan Williams</p> <p>JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The expansion of Spain's offer of citizenship to descendants of Jews it expelled en masse in 1492 has sparked interest in Israel, where the so-called Sephardim make up around a quarter of the population.</p> <p>While no one predicts an Israeli exodus to economically bruised Spain, a passport granting access to the wider European Union appeals to many in the war-wary Jewish state - especially its disproportionately large Sephardic underclass.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140210/israels-sephardim-abuzz-at-expanded-spanish-citizenship-offer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Human Interest Jewish ethnic groups Semitic peoples Thomson Reuters Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:18:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6066144 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140210/spain-ease-path-citizenship-sephardic-jews-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's government said Monday it plans to make it easier for the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship.</p> <p>Spain already allows nationality to be conferred to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled more than 500 years ago in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand.</p> <p>But under draft legislation approved by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right government Friday, successful applicants can also keep their original citizenship.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140210/spain-ease-path-citizenship-sephardic-jews-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ethnic groups in Europe Jewish ethnic groups Politics Semitic peoples AFP Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:18:21 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6066492 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140213/spain-ease-citizenship-law-descendants-expelled-jews <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday.</p> <p>"We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140213/spain-ease-citizenship-law-descendants-expelled-jews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ethnic groups in Europe Jewish ethnic groups Semitic peoples AFP Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:01:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6070055 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140213/spain-ease-citizenship-law-descendants-expelled-jews <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday.</p> <p>"We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140213/spain-ease-citizenship-law-descendants-expelled-jews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Ethnic groups in Europe Jewish ethnic groups Semitic peoples AFP Thu, 13 Feb 2014 20:01:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6070056 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek Jews sue Germany for Nazi damages http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140225/greek-jews-sue-germany-nazi-damages <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Jewish community of Thessaloniki in Greece on Tuesday said it had sued Germany at the European Court of Human Rights, demanding compensation for a forced ransom paid to Nazi occupation forces.</p> <p>The announcement comes ahead of a scheduled visit to Greece by German President Joachim Gauck on March 5.</p> <p>The community said it had paid 2.5 million drachmas to the Nazi commander of Macedonia, Max Merten, in July 1942 to secure the release of thousands of Jewish men submitted to brutal forced labour.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140225/greek-jews-sue-germany-nazi-damages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Geography of Europe Geography of Greece Hospitality Law Politics Religion Semitic peoples AFP Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:34:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6080402 at http://www.globalpost.com Sephardic Jews seduced by Spanish citizenship offer http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140303/sephardic-jews-seduced-spanish-citizenship-offer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country over 500 years ago during the Inquisition has sparked a flurry of global interest.</p> <p>Maya Weiss-Tamir, an Israeli lawyer who specialises in applications for citizenship in European countries, said she had received over 1,000 enquiries since the Spanish government approved the draft citizenship bill on February 7.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140303/sephardic-jews-seduced-spanish-citizenship-offer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Ethnic groups in Israel Jewish ethnic groups Politics Religion Semitic peoples Technology AFP Tue, 04 Mar 2014 04:17:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6086176 at http://www.globalpost.com Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140405/hitlers-wife-eva-braun-may-have-had-jewish-ancestry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have been of Jewish descent according to DNA analysis carried out for a British television documentary, the makers said Saturday.</p> <p>The anti-Semitic German leader responsible for the Holocaust married his long-term lover Braun shortly before they committed suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945.</p> <p>But the programme to be screened by Britain's independent Channel 4 on Wednesday said hair samples show Braun may have had Jewish ancestry herself.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140405/hitlers-wife-eva-braun-may-have-had-jewish-ancestry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Adolf Hitler Ethnic groups in Asia Eva Braun Hitler family Semitic peoples Technology AFP Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:31:54 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6114198 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish hamlet 'Kill Jews Fort' to vote on name change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140519/spanish-hamlet-kill-jews-fort-vote-name-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Sarah Morris</p> <p>MADRID (Reuters) - The village of Castrillo Matajudios in northern Spain will vote on Sunday on whether to change the name it has had for 400 years and purge a vestige of the religious persecution meted out by the Roman Catholic Inquisition.</p> <p>The name in English means Kill Jews Fort.</p> <p>Village Mayor Lorenzo Rodriguez has led the drive </p> <p>to rename it Castrillo Mota Judios, or Hill of Jews.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2014.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/140519/spanish-hamlet-kill-jews-fort-vote-name-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Religion Semitic peoples Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 19 May 2014 13:06:04 +0000 Thomson Reuters 6150814 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish town 'Kill Jews' votes on name change http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140525/spanish-town-kill-jews-votes-name-change <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Centuries after the Spanish Inquisition, a village named "Kill Jews" votes on Sunday whether to change its name.</p> <p>The mayor of Castrillo Matajudios -- "Castrillo Kill Jews" in English -- told AFP he would resign unless its 56 voters approve changing the embarrassing name.</p> <p>"When you travel elsewhere, you always have to explain, because people say, 'You kill Jews in Castrillo,'" the mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez, told AFP.</p> <p>"It makes no sense because we are descended from a Jewish community. We have a star of David on our coat of arms."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140525/spanish-town-kill-jews-votes-name-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Judaism Religion Semitic peoples Sephardic Jews AFP Sun, 25 May 2014 17:18:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6156878 at http://www.globalpost.com Spanish town votes to scrap 'Kill Jews' name http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140525/spanish-town-votes-scrap-kill-jews-name <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Residents in a tiny Spanish town voted on Sunday to ditch its unfortunate, centuries-old name: Castrillo Matajudios, or Castrillo Kill Jews.</p> <p>They voted 29-19 in favour of scrapping the northern Spanish town's name, in existence since at least 1623, said the mayor, Lorenzo Rodriguez.</p> <p>Residents decided instead to take on a less offensive, older name for the town, Mota de Judios, or Hill of the Jews, he told AFP.</p> <p>The town hall will review the vote on June 3 before launching the paperwork for a new name, a process that could take from six months to a year, he said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140525/spanish-town-votes-scrap-kill-jews-name" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Anti-Judaism Human Interest Law Religion Semitic peoples Social Issues AFP Sun, 25 May 2014 22:33:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6157133 at http://www.globalpost.com Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic jews http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140606/spain-ease-path-citizenship-sephardic-jews <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Spain's government Friday approved a draft law easing the path to citizenship for the descendants of Jews expelled in 1492.</p> <p>Spain already grants citizenship to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled in 1492 in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand.</p> <p>But the new legislation, yet to be approved by parliament, would allow all proven Sephardic Jews to gain Spanish citizenship without being obliged to give up their original nationality. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2014.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/140606/spain-ease-path-citizenship-sephardic-jews" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Jewish history Politics Religion Semitic peoples Spain AFP Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:32:53 +0000 Agence France-Presse 6169008 at http://www.globalpost.com