Is­raeli passes the Pene­lope Cruz test

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY JES­SICA WE­IN­STEIN

A MAN from Haifa will be­come the first Is­raeli to be granted Span­ish na­tion­al­ity un­der a new law that grants de­scen­dants of Jews forced out dur­ing the Span­ish In­qui­si­tion the right to take up dual cit­i­zen­ship.

Be­fore he could claim his new pass­port, he had to an­swer ques­tions such as “Who is the au­thor of Don Quixote?”, “What is Spain’s tallest moun­tain?” — and “Who is Pene­lope Cruz?”

Forty-year-old Yossi Ben Naim com­pleted his ex­ams this week and is await­ing an in­vi­ta­tion from the Span­ish em­bassy in Tel Aviv to re­ceive his new pass­port. Mr Ben Naim had to pass tests in Span­ish lan­guage, his­tory and gen­eral knowl­edge, and had to trace his ances­try back to his fam­ily’s ex­pul­sion from Spain in the 15th cen­tury.

Mr Ben Naim is the first Is­raeli to com­plete this ap­pli­ca­tion process, af­ter a law was passed in June 2015 al­low­ing de­scen­dants of Jews ex­pelled in 1492 to ap­ply for a Span­ish pass­port. Pene­lope Cruz

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