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Turkish Jews May Attend World Parley for First Time

September 27, 1951
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The Jewish community of Turkey, which has not been represented at an international Jewish conference since the establishment of the republic, may have a delegation at the World Sephardic Congress in Paris next November, it was learned today. A Turkish law forbids affiliation of local groups with foreign institutions and attendance at international conferences in the capacity of affiliated organizations.

The Chief Rabbinate, in its application to the government for permission to send a delegation to the conference, stressed that the sessions have no political character and that the delegation would represent the Jewish community of Turkey, not an organization affiliated with a foreign organization. About 90 percent of Turkey’s Jews are Sephardic.

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