Striking another historical blow

By GIL STERN STERN ZOHAR
October 22, 2015 18:39

Knesset establishes Bnei Anusim caucus.




Yaffah Batya da Costa-Sacks

Representing the tens of millions of Bnei Anusim: Yaffah Batya da Costa-Sacks. (photo credit:JEFFREY P. WORTHINGTON)

More than half a millennium after an infamous Dominican monk (1420-1498), one of the most feared and reviled men in history, founded the Spanish Inquisition to purge his country of “heresy,” the Knesset officially established a caucus to reach out to the descendants of those Sephardi Jews converted to Roman Catholicism under compulsion and encourage them to openly return to Judaism.

The first meeting of the body, officially known as the Knesset Caucus for the Reconnection with the Descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities, was held on October 13.

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