Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I come from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico

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Genetic study finds widespread Sephardic ancestry in Latin America
by Cnaan Liphshiz
December 27, 2018

In a genetic study of 6,589 people from five Latin American countries, about a quarter displayed traces of what may be Sephardic Jewish ancestry. Geneticist Juan-Camilo Chacón-Duque and his colleagues published their findings last week in Nature Communications magazine, in an article titled “Latin Americans show wide-spread Converso ancestry and imprint of local Native ancestry on physical appearance.” Converso is the Spanish-language word for people who converted from Judaism to Christianity during the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. READ MORE

JERUSALEM POST Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I come from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of 435 members of the incoming US House of Representatives, said on Monday that members of her family were Sephardim who were forced to flee to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition.

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