By Micah D. Halpern The Daily Star, Lebanon
Spain and Portugal are now offering citizenship to the descendants of families expelled from their countries in 1492 and 1493 .
The expulsion from Spain forced hundreds of thousands of Jews to run to and seek refuge in Portugal.
From Portugal, many Jews escaped to North Africa, while the rest scattered around the world. Those who stayed in Spain and Portugal were forced to convert to Christianity.
There were no options for the Jews remaining in Spain or Portugal.
Those identified as still practicing Jews were tortured, even burned at the stake.
This offer to restore citizenship by Spain and Portugal, in 2014, is extremely troubling.
There never was and still is no apology to the Jews by either Spain of Portugal.
The deal is for Jews only; it is not being offered to Muslims who were expelled from Spain in 1609 .
Neither Spain nor Portugal is engaging in any of those steps.
Neither Spain nor Portugal has yet to see the wrong that was done and the horrors that were perpetrated in the name of keeping their countries Christian.
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)