A Brazilian organization at the service of “Jewish descendants” who are not Jewish, and who have been working exclusively with the Jewish Community of Lisbon to obtain certificates of Sephardism, has launched a video on YouTube called “Anti-Semitism in Portugal in 2022 against the people who are descended from Sephardic Jews.”

This video criticizes the new regulations of the Portuguese nationality law, which establishes requirements that Sephardic Jews find difficult to fulfill. “Portugal says no to the new regulation,” “Portugal says no to anti-Semitism,” “Portugal says no to the new form of anti-Semitism against descendants of Sephardic Jews in 2022 in Portugal.”

On June 29, on the subject of this video, the Jewish Community of Lisbon issued a statement stating that “the specificities of the legislative process cannot be confused with unfounded accusations of anti-Semitism,” given that this “is far too serious a matter to be trivialized and used without grounds.”

The words Oporto and the Jewish Community of Oporto do not appear in the communiqué of the Jewish Community of Lisbon. However, pursuing interests alien to good journalism, the Lusa news agency released a news story across the country with the following title: “Jewish Community of Lisbon says accusations of ‘antisemitism’ and ‘terrorism’ by the Jewish Community of Oporto are ‘counterproductive.'”

In addition the news continues heatedly:

“The Jewish Community of Lisbon (CIL) refutes the accusations of antisemitism made by the Jewish Community of Oporto (CIP) against the Portuguese State in the opinion sent to the Assembly of the Republic on the proposals to amend the Nationality Law.

CIL stresses that ‘antisemitism is too serious an issue to be trivialized.’

For CIL, these accusations are ‘counterproductive and meaningless,’ adding that ‘they are not acceptable in the current framework of legislative discussion, which must be done with elevation and respect” and whose discussion the Lisbon body believes deserves a ‘reinforced scrutiny.’

Regarding the evolution of the legislative process, CIL reiterates that the procedures that follow in the reformulation of the decree-law ‘cannot, and should not, be confused with persecution, prejudice, hostility or discrimination towards Jews specifically.'”

In the midst of so much manipulation, the video of the organization from Brazil entitled “Anti-Semitism in Portugal in 2022 against the people who are descended from Sephardic Jews” was totally forgotten.

The Jewish Community of Oporto was not consulted by the author of the news.

Worse still, on June 30, when Lusa‘s fake news had already been disseminated in Portugal, the Jewish Community of Oporto itself issued a statement, which it sent to that news agency.

The same Lusa that manipulated the CIL communiqué to forcefully say that this entity rejected the accusations of anti-Semitism by the Jewish community of Oporto, also manipulated the communiqué of the Jewish Community of Oporto by not conveying its key ideas, namely the following:

1) In 2020, the honorable President of CIL wrote to CIP/CJP about a “social environment similar to the Dreyfus case” in Portugal, and a former vice president confessed to being “very scared” by what was happening and with the government’s lack of response to the Portuguese Jewish communities.

2) In 2022, the government published a new nationality regulation at a time when there was considerable suspicion against the strongest Jewish community in Portugal, artificially created by state agents who wanted to pass the law without facing resistance from personalities committed to reconnecting Portugal with the diaspora of Sephardic origin.

3) The Jewish Community of Oporto is the strongest Portuguese Jewish community at every level (religious, cultural, philanthropic, educational and organizational) and comprises hundreds of families expelled from Arab countries and a large number of Shoah victims. It has a Holocaust museum, gives courses to teachers and every year hosts 40,000 school children, a global endeavour that is unique in Europe as regards the fight against anti-Semitism.

COMMUNIQUÉ IN FULL:

– ON ANTISEMITISM

1) The fear of anti-Semitism in Portugal was revealed in 2020 by the President of the Jewish community of Lisbon, who wrote to a director of CIP/CJP about a “social environment similar to the Dreyfus case.” Also a former Vice-President confessed she was “very frightened” with what was happening and with the lack of Government response to the Portuguese Jewish communities. All the above is backed up by documents.

2) Unlike many dead communities in Europe, the Jewish Community of Oporto comprises hundreds of families expelled from Arab countries and a large number of Shoah victims. It has a Holocaust Museum, gives courses to teachers and every year hosts 40 thousand school children, a global endeavor that is unique in Europe as regards the fight against antisemitism.

3) The Jewish Community of Oporto is the strongest Portuguese Jewish community at every level: religious, cultural, philanthropic, educational and organizational.

4) The Jewish Community of Oporto has never commented the new nationality regulation, it is no longer interested in discussing any alterations to the law and has long since suspended the certifications that it carried out. The reason for this was the antisemitic campaign it suffered, which is already musealised (to be seen by schoolchildren and tourists). In the future, and when allowed by law, this anti-Semitism will be comprehensively documented with facts, documents, photographs and protagonists.

– ON THE SOVEREIGN STATE

5) The Portuguese State has the power to make any legislative alterations it deems convenient at any time. All the Jewish Community of Oporto ever did was make suggestions. This occurred both in 2020 and in 2021, when it suggested to the Justice Ministry that the regulation then being fine-tuned should include a more current connection to Portugal on the part of the applicants and that the certification process should occur on a platform accessible in real time by the Central Registry Offices who could participate in the decision-making process. The state would have the last word.

6) In 2022, the government published a new nationality regulation at a time when there was rampant suspicion, artificially created against the strongest Jewish community in Portugal, by agents of the State who wished the act to be approved without having to encounter the resistance of people engaged in the attempt to reconnect Portugal to its diaspora of Sephardic origin.

– FINALLY, THE VIDEO

7) The video mentioned in the CIL communiqué (made by alleged “descendants” of Jews who were never, nor could they ever be, certified by CIP/CJP) wrongly places the emphasis on the word “anti-Semitism.” This word is used literally in vain by those who comment legal alterations lawfully made by a legal state and which, strictly speaking, as regards acquiring Portuguese nationality, does not benefit from the legal regime pertaining to Jews of Sephardic origin, but rather from another specific law for descendants of Portuguese nationals in general.

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