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Migrations To And From Sicily

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The transition from Angevin to Aragonese rule was not accompanied by the flight abroad of part of the population, including Jews, as had happened in earlier centuries at times of regime change. Spain and North Africa were not the only countries from which Jews immigrated to Sicily. The persecutions of 1391, the conquest of Constantinople by the Ottomans and similar events were accompanied by Messianic hopes and increasing migration of Jews to Palestine. The prohibition to transport Jews to Palestine, issued in 1428 by the governments of Venice, Naples, Germany, the Papal States, and others, made things difficult for Jewish travellers wishing to visit the Holy Land or settle there. A pardon was granted the Jews of Syracuse, the surrounding queen's demesne, Palermo, Messina and Catania, who were arraigned for wanting to travel to Jerusalem without permission, and therefore had forfeited their lives and property.

Keywords: Jerusalem; Jews; Messina; Palermo; Sicily; Syracuse



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