Abascal is the leader of Vox, a far-right Spanish political party with Islamophobic and anti-immigration rhetoric.
Rabat – Spanish news outlet El Espanol cited an investigation that reveals the ethnic origins of the leader of Spain’s VOX political party. According to the investigation, Santiago Abascal is the direct descendant of an Arab leader who lived in Spain in the thirteenth century.
El Espanol quoted Filomeno Rubia, the author of the investigation that dates back to a year earlier.
“Ab-Hascal died in the battle of Cuenca in the year 1234” Rubia told El Espanol. “After his death, his son decided to embrace Christianity in order to avoid execution. For this reason, he changed his name to Abascal. However, he continued to follow the Muslim faith in secret”
Ab-Hascal’s son then faced arrest a few years later for “participating in conspiracy” to burn the Cathedral of Santiago.
Rubia said that the charges against Ab-Hascal’s son were “ a bit exaggerated.”
The historian suggested that another son of Ab-Hascal fled Spain to Morocco. While tracking his descendants, the historian stated that there is a biological ties between the Vox leader and Moroccan-French football player Adil Rami.
“Maybe that explains the amazing resemblance between the politician and the former [football player] from Seville and Valencia.”
“The branch of the family that remained in Spain has given us a lot of significant figures. For example, Bartolo Abascal who participated in the Cuban war,” the historian narrated. “Right at the beginning of the conflict, he became friends with an American soldier destined for the USS Maine.”
Adil Rami, however, was born in France to Moroccan parents.
El Espanol also spoke with Santiago Abascal in December. In the interview, he said that he had entered politics “because they told me that I would get loads of likes on Instagram. The truth is that I have no idea what I am doing.”
Abascal has been the leader of the far-right party since September 2014.
The party is seen as an anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim party. It called on the government to close down “fundamentalist. He also vowed to build a wall around the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla to, due to a high number of irregular migrants attempting to scale the fences.
Abascal said Morocco to pay for the construction of the wall. He also called for deporting all irregular migrants and as well as legal residents of non-Spanish origin who have committed crimes.