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  • Portuguese Leader Visits Israel

    The President of Portugal addressed a special session of the Knesset last week, the start of his four-day official visit to Israel. In his remarks Nov. 1, President Mario Soares praised Israeli and Palestinian leaders for their courage and vision to bring peace. Soares also asked for forgiveness from the Jewish people for Portugal’s involvement… More ▸

  • Crypto-jews May Transform Portuguese Jewish Community

    At first glance, it appears that the future of the Portuguese Jewish community is bleak. Of the few hundred people who were born Jewish and live in Portugal, most are in the capital city of Lisbon. But they are in a country whose Jewish presence, which was strong at times, goes back to at least… More ▸

  • Portugal Honors Ex-consul Who Saved Jews During War

    The man who served as Portugal’s consul in France during World War II has been posthumously honored for illegally issuing 30,000 visas, mostly to Jews facing Nazi persecution. Dr. Aristide de Sousa Mendes do Amoral e Abranches, also known as the “Portuguese Raoul Wallenberg,” received Protugal’s most distinguished non- military honor — membership in the… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Portugal’s Assumption of E.c. Chair May Mean Better Treatment for Arabs

    The Arab-Israeli peace talks under way in Washington coincide with Portugal’s ascension to the rotating chairmanship of the European Community’s Council of Ministers, an office it will hold through June 30. Not coincidentally, Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy flew Sunday to Lisbon for a two-day visit. The Egyptian foreign minister, Amr Moussa, was there last… More ▸

  • Levy off to Portugal, then China, Amid Diplomatic Hints from India

    Foreign Minister David Levy is at the center of new diplomatic activity this week. He flew to Lisbon on Sunday for a two-day official visit to Portugal, which assumed the rotating chairmanship of the European Community’s Council of Ministers on Jan. 1. His next stop may be China. Word just came from Beijing confirming its… More ▸