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Jews in Sri Lanka have had a presence on the island nation since at least the 9th century. In the 12th century, Benjamin of Tudela reported that there were 3,000 Jews in Sri Lanka. They either assimilated into the local population over the centuries, or, upon the arrival of the Portuguese in the early 16th century, succombed to the Portuguese Inquisition. Practising Jews or descendants of Jews seem not to be present in Sri Lanka, although Jewish lineages may be present in the "de Fonseka" surname in Sri Lanka. [January 2010]

Sri Lanka Chabad [January 2010]

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