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  • Arens Visits Portugal and Spain, May Return with Diplomatic Prize

    Foreign Minister Moshe Arens began a six-day official visit to Spain on Friday, following the first visit ever by an Israeli foreign minister to Spain’s Iberian neighbor, Portugal. But his otherwise routine sojourn in Lisbon was capped by a development reported in a somewhat mysterious and tantalizing addendum to the official account of what transpired…. More ▸

  • Portugal to Upgrade Ties with Israel

    Portugal will soon upgrade its diplomatic representation in Israel. President Mario Soares of Portugal told Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres here Sunday that his country has decided to appoint a resident ambassador to Israel and will do so “in a matter of months.” Portugal presently has a non-resident ambassador accredited to Israel. Israel maintains a… More ▸

  • Brazil Protests to Iran for Distributing Portuguese ‘protocols’

    Brazil has protested to Iran for publishing and distributing a Portuguese translation of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Iranian charge d’affaires in Brasilia, Mouhmud Entiaz, was called to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, where he was harshly admonished. He was told that the “Protocols” are a racist and anti-Semitic falsification forbidden by law… More ▸

  • Portugal Awards One of Its Highest Honors to Aristides De Sousa Mendes

    Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese consul general who disobeyed his country by issuing thousands of visas to Jews fleeing Nazi-occupied France, was posthumously awarded one of Portugal’s highest honors here Tuesday. The award caps a longtime effort by de Sousa Mendes’ family and U.S. Congressmen to pay tribute to the man who died penniless… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Situation in Portugal

    The election last week of Mario Soares as the President of Portugal has been greeted enthusiastically not only by his political supporters but by all those who see in the election of the first civilian President of Portugal in the last 60 years, a positive and important step in the history of that country. Jews… More ▸

  • Trifa is Still in Portugal

    Accused Rumanian war criminal Archbishop Valerian Trifa remains at liberty in Portugal, according to the World Jewish Congress, which today reported that it has traced him to an apartment in the Lisbon suburb of Estoril. Sources in the Rumanian Orthodox Church hierarchy in the U.S. have confirmed Trifa’s whereabouts to the WJC. Confirmation of Trifa’s… More ▸