Families of Jewish refugees saved by Aristides de Sousa Mendes hosted by President of Portugal

Portugal President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa received six families of Jewish refugees who obtained visas signed by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, thus managing to escape from Bordeaux, France, to Portugal during the Second World War.

Portuguese parliament passes resolution supporting Israel

The Portuguese parliament passed a resolution in support of Israel, in a gesture for the Jewish state’s 75th anniversary.

Portugal appoints National Coordinator of the EU strategy on combating antisemitism

The constitutionalist Pedro Bacelar de Vasconcelos was appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, João Gomes Cravinho, to carry out the functions of National Coordinator of the EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life.

Jerusalem inaugurates square honouring Aristides de Souza Mendes

Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion inaugurated a city square named in honour of Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes, who issued visas to approximately 10,000 Jews during the Shoah and was named a “Righteous among the nations” in 1966.

CIL decries “deafening silence” around reform of Sephardic nationality law

The Jewish Community of Lisbon (CIL) has criticised the Portuguese Ministry of Justice of "deafening silence" regarding reform of the Portuguese Nationality Regulation concerning the descendants of Sephardic Jews.

Portugal has granted Portuguese citizenship to 56,685 descendants of Sephardic Jews

Portugal has granted citizenship to 56,685 descendants of Sephardic Jews over the last seven years, according to data provided by the Ministry of Justice.

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