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Feb 12, 2019 10:52 AM 2+ mon ago

Citizenship for Sephardic Jews ?connects past, present and future

Portugal's decision to grant citizenship to the descendants of Sephardi Jews exiled in the 15th century serves to "connect the country's past with the present and future," according to the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism.

"History is always part of us, both the good and bad moments - and it's important to remember that in the 15th century, 20% of Portugal's population was Jewish," Ana Mendes Godinho told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday during a three-day visit to Israel.

While only about 1,000 Jews live in Portugal today, some 26,000 people claiming Portuguese heritage have applied for citizenship. Approximately 8,000 passports have already been issued to eligible applicants.

"Today, every Portuguese citizen believes there was someone Jewish in their family and we feel this Jewish heritage as part of our history," she added, citing the discovery of Brazil by Pedro Alvares Cabral in 1500. "...

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