After more than 500 years after Sephardic Jews fleeing Spain due to persecution ,they have been invited back,BBC Reports
For decades, there has been a movement to allow Sephardic Jews to return, but it is unclear why the Spanish government has decided to call the Jews back .
Analysts have argued that enticing them back now could give a boost to Spain’s shrinking economy, although Maria Josep Estanyol, a historian at the University of Barcelona doubts very many will re-establish roots in Spain.
It has also been suggested that Spain made the offer to mollify Israel, after Madrid supported last year’s successful Palestinian bid for a seat at the United Nations.
Whatever the motivation, some Muslim scholars are denouncing the offer as unfair. They point out that their ancestors were expelled from Spain during the Inquisition. But no-one is inviting them back,The BBC reports
Before the infamous Spanish Inquisition of the 15th Century, some 300,000 Jews lived in Spain. It was one of the largest communities of Jews in the world.Today, there are about 40,000 or 50,000 .