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Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

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As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers.

Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies which show that both the Palestinians and Jews are descended from the Kurds of Iraq and Turkey.

That should astonish no one since both the Bible and the Koran say the Jews and Arabs are descended from a common ancestor, an ancient Caldean who the Koran calls Ibrahim. The Bible says he was named Abraham.

Perhaps more surprising, Oppenheim found the Ashkenazi Jews from Europe are genetically closer to the Palestinians than Middle East Jews.

Oppenheim also isolated and traced the chromosome for the “priestly” Cohen line.

“We find that Arabs also carry this chromosome,” she noted in a documentary film, which claims that some Palestinians are also Cohens, genetically.

The Palestinian city of Yatta, located south of Hebron in the West Bank, has a population of 50,000 to 60,000 people. The Israeli documentary states that 90 percent of the town has Jewish roots.

Furthermore, many of them practice ancient customs that are very Jewish.

“In some of the dry and dusty Palestinian and Bedouin villages, they still circumcise their boys after the seventh day,” writes Mark Ellis on the website “Godreports.” Hidden away in some Palestinian homes are Jewish mezuzahs and tefillin. Some older residents can recall lighting candles on the Sabbath.

“Many of the Palestinians know it, but it’s not politically correct to acknowledge this publicly among Muslims,” says Steve Hagerman, founder of Turkish World Outreach. “There are two houses of Israel in the Holy Land: one aligned with the West and primarily secular or Jewish and the other aligned with the East and primarily Islam.”

Anyone who is familiar with Hebrew history should not be surprised by the DNA results. After all, the Bible records that after King Solomon’s death, the Kingdom of Israel split into northern and southern kingdoms. When the northern kingdom of Israel was conquered and taken into captivity by the Assyrians in 745-702 B.C., most were sent to the east — never to return, Hagerman notes.

Centuries later after some from the southern kingdom returned from captivity in Babylon, they were dispersed throughout the world again through the Roman conquest — with many Jews carried away as slaves or choosing to flee the Holy Land.

“Many of the people in southern and central Italy are of Jewish origin, because so many slaves were carried away by the Romans to big estates in southern Italy,” reports Haterman.

Documentary filmmaker Nissim Mossek quotes Rabbi Dov Stein who claims, “It becomes clear that a significant part of the Arabs in the land of Israel are actually descendants of Jews who were forced to convert to Islam over the centuries. There are studies which indicate that 85% of this group is of Jewish origin.

Oppenheim’s genetic studies seem to confirm that connection.

Mossek filmed a Palestinian home where the Jewish mezuzah was hidden under a shelf, and the tefillin are hidden among the socks in a dresser. A mezuzah is a parchment of scripture placed on the doorpost by religious Jews. Tefillin, also known as phylacteries, are a set of small boxes containing scrolls of parchment inscribed with scripture, which are worn by observant Jews during morning prayers.

A Palestinian woman interviewed on the program says, “That is how I pray and everyone keeps the secret.”

“Will your little boy find out he is Jewish? an interviewer asks.

“He will find out eventually,” she says.

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  • oferdesade

    … and those who aren’t are descendants of laborers imported by the turks to build their railway.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment ousmane

    European jews are not related to the original hebrew people at all…… this report is a fraud…

  • Henry Butterfield

    Oh, so its a “family feud.” Should have known all along. I think I prefer the game show.

  • Peter Germain

    maybe the ppl behind the civil war is not Israel but Babylon ?

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  • Cchimudccha

    All life on Earth is related. If you’ve own a pet for long enough, and paid attention, you’ll discover that there is less and less difference between how they behave and how we behave, and how much familial love is shared between ‘man’ and animal. Man is an animal, and the animal is a man. There is little difference.

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  • Henry Butterfield

    That’s bringing me down. I need to think My opinions mean more than my Chihuahuas.

  • Henry Butterfield

    All kinds of spins, in any argument. For example, in America we still don’t know what marriage and torture mean. Working on that. Just a glitch in advanced civility. And, in any case, as in the past, if you don’t believe us we will destroy you. We are therefore different than cave men.

  • Cchimudccha

    I shouldn’t bring you down. Have you ever asked your dog’s, or even listened to his opinion on ANYTHING? And in the greater cosmic universe of creature opinion, what makes your opinion even matter? It matters for naught. Nada. Zip.

  • Cchimudccha

    Could be Southern slave owners, or, more likely, wannabe slave owners.

  • Cchimudccha

    Henry, you are grossly underestimating the intellectual capacity of your ancestors. You probably haven’t a clue where to find the proper stone to make an axe, nor how to make an effective stone tool with equivalent utility.

  • Henry Butterfield

    I agree. “Life is but a dream.” They taught me to sing that when I was a child. It’s a song called, “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” I sing it to this day. American Zen.

  • Henry Butterfield

    Point taken. Then I will simply have to begin living on discarded pigeon parts, bottled water, and do it in style.

  • John Juster

    Brothers, don’t you know. From Cain and Abel, Jacob and Esau, and now (mis)using religion as feudal opposites, which greatly serves an underlying agenda. This you should know too.

    But sure, gang on another gang warfare is so disingenuous and so easy! I can only remark on how sold-out to the news stories the same channel Family Feud surely airs.

  • John Juster

    Cchimudccha, I agree, but use an ever better name we all possess.


    Now, some Beings don’t like to think other Beings are as important as them.

    Hence the divisive divisions to judge one another accordingly. Here, it’s between animals and humans. Another time it’s between classes, races, colors, political beliefs, sexual orientation, religious beliefs (and non-beliefs), all those nice dividing factors all up and down our twisted human existence.

    We are Beings, as one and all. No ifs, ands or buts, but for the lame and their pathetic excuses for superiority over another.

  • Yougo

    Henry, I’m certain your Chihuahua thinks his opinion means more than yours. I happen to agree with him. So there you have it. But don’t feel bad, he feels the same way about my opinion, too.

  • Henry Butterfield

    I’d be curious to learn more about this, ahem, “agenda.”

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