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January 30, 2015 11:12 am

Portugal to Offer Citizenship to Descendants of Jews Expelled, Forced to Convert to Christianity

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Portugal police pictured here. The country approved a law offering citizenship to expelled Sepharadic Jews. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

NPR – Portugal’s Cabinet approved a law Thursday that would offer citizenship to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago.

“I do not want to say this is an historic amendment because I believe that for this matter, there is no possibility to amend what was done,” Portuguese Justice Minister Paula Teixeira da Cruz said, according to The Associated Press. “I would say it is the attribution of a right.”

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