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In Spain, proposed 'kebab law' angers Muslim business owners
by Lauren Frayer
Nouari Benzawi is trying to figure out how to make his kebab shop more Spanish.
Benzawi, 52, immigrated to Spain from Algeria two decades ago. He's married to a Spaniard and holds dual nationality. Seven years ago, he and his wife opened the kebab shop and halal grocery store in this breezy, palm tree-lined provincial capital of 135,000 on Spain's Mediterranean coast.
"My tomatoes are Spanish, and so are the potatoes I sell," Benzawi said one recent evening, yanking a corrugated metal curtain down over his storefront to close up for the night. "Please explain this to me!" he implored. "Do I need to sell pork to be a 'traditional Spanish business'? Do I need to sell wine?"
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