And so it begins: the application of the “right of return” rhetoric that has worked so well in Israel to Spain, another land that belongs by right to the Dar al-Islam, and now must be reclaimed from the infidels. This demand will probably be granted, with no Spanish politician savvy or courageous enough to demand reciprocal favorable terms for the descendents of dhimmis who were exiled from the crumbling Ottoman Empire when their people were judged to be kafir harbi — infidels at war with Islam — and were given the choice of conversion or exile, or in many cases conversion or death. No one will demand reciprocal terms for the descendents of dhimmis who have streamed out of the Middle East to escape the institutionalized discrimination and harassment they lived under there for centuries.
All I want is a villa in Tsesmes, bought and paid for by the Turkish government, along with 24-hour guards to safeguard me from angry jihadists there. As soon as the Turks come across, I will support this call in Spain.
“Citizenship call from Spain’s uneasy Muslim past,” by Jason Webb for Reuters, with thanks to all who sent this in:
MADRID, June 21 (Reuters) – A call for descendents of Muslims expelled from Spain in the seventeenth century to be given preferential terms for Spanish citizenship has highlighted the country’s uneasy relationship with its Islamic heritage.
The proposal was made at a meeting this week in Cordoba, a city in Andalusia which was the centre of Islamic civilization in the Iberian peninsula during nearly eight centuries of Moorish rule of much of what is now Spain and Portugal.
In 1609, Spain’s King Philip III ordered all Muslims to leave his kingdom, leading to the expulsion of about 300,000 people. Their descendents today mainly live in North Africa and still regard themselves as “Andalusians”, after the old name for Muslim Spain — “Al Andalus”
Giving them preferential terms for Spanish citizenship would be an act of symbolic reconciliation, said Mansur Escudero, head of Spain’s Islamic Board, the biggest group representing Spanish Muslims.
“The Andalusians who live in North Africa, most of them in Morocco, in Tunisia, in Libya, they’re part of those societies and aren’t going to want to come to Spain,” Escudero said.
“It would be more of an emotional, moral gesture, a recognition of an historic injustice,” he told Reuters, adding that some “Andalusian” families still preserved keys to houses they left behind four centuries ago.
Sephardic Jews, whose ancestors were expelled from Spain in 1492, already have a special right to obtain Spanish citizenship after two years legal residence in Spain, a privilege also available to citizens of Spain’s former colonies.
And the Left chimes in to help out their allies:
A small left-wing party, Izquierda Unida, has backed the call for preferential citizenship for descendents of Spanish Muslims. The governing Socialists, who have promoted an “Alliance of Civilizations” between the West and Islam, have yet to give their response, Escudero said….