Israeli passes the Penelope Cruz test
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