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re: Study: close genetic connection between Jews, Kurds Dear List, It is very easy to take a scientific finding and twist it to suit one’s agenda. This has been done all the time in history, and the manipulation of the genetic research here is no exception. I do not doubt the results of the study; that Kurds and some Israelis, as well as Armenians, Russians and Polish are genetically connected. My comments relate to the conclusions drawn from the study. First of all, the study confuses two concepts: Kurds as an ethnic group, and Jews as a religious group. Zionism has endeavored through its history to convince people, especially in the European West, that the Jews constitute a nation and that Judaism is a national identity. They have tried to base their occupation of Palestine on the myth that since the Jews came from Palestine, they should therefore claim it. Zionism was assisted by colonialist Britain which promised the “Jews” Palestine as their “national homeland”… And so to talk of “Jews” and “Kurds” on the same level is like talking of “Serbs” and “Muslims”. In both cases the analogy is faulty and, for a scientific study, very “unscientific”.. The study groups most definitely had common ancestors, but they DID NOT originate from the northern half of the Fertile Crescent, where northern Iraq and Turkey are today. The study is based on assumptions that lack in scientific proof; that “Jews” all came from Palestine and that they are all Semites. It furthermore contradicts previous Zionist claims.. Scholars have long disputed the Zionist myth that ALL Jews are of Semitic origin, and have in fact concluded that most Jews are non-Semites. Professor Philip Hitti writes in his book “History of the Arabs” the following: “In Europe and America the word “Semite” has come to possess a primarily Jewish connotation, and that on account of the wide dispersion of the Jews in these continents. The “Semitic features” often referred to, including the prominent nose, are not Semitic at all. They are exactly the characteristics which differentiate the Jew from the Semitic type and evidently represent an acquisition from early intermarriages between the Hittite-Hurrians and the Hebrews”. The Sephardic Jews are in all likelihood mostly, but not all, descended from the people of the actual Diaspora. The European Jews on the other hand, especially the Jews from Central and Eastern Europe, are far more likely to be descended from the Kazars which were a tribe from the Crimean area of Russia who converted to Judaism in the twelfth Century. The people who refer to themselves as Ashkenazi Jews are not Semites because they do not descend from Noah's son Shem. They are an Ashkenazi Khazar people group, who descend from Noah's son Japheth. Approximately 90 percent of the Jews in the world call themselves Ashkenazi Jews. The Jewish Encyclopedia describes the Kazars or “Chazars” as they are also called as: “A people of Turkish origin whose life and history are interwoven with the very beginnings of the history of the Jews of Russia. The kingdom of the Chazars was firmly established in most of South Russia long before the foundation of the Russian monarchy by the Varangians (855). Jews have lived on the shores of the Black and Caspian seas since the first centuries of the common era. Historical evidence points to the region of the Ural as the home of the Chazars. Among the classical writers of the Middle Ages they were known as the "Chozars," "Khazirs," "Akatzirs," and "Akatirs," and in the Russian chronicles as "Khwalisses" and "Ugry Byelyye." In the year 740 A.D. the Khazar kingdom in Eastern Europe officially converted to JUDAISM. A century later, they were crushed by the incoming Slavic people and were scattered over Central Europe where they became known as Jews. It is from this group that most of the German and Polish Jews came and they make up the predominance of Jewish people found in America. What this study does is add proof to the theories that Ashkenazi Jews have NOTHING to do with Palestine or with Semitism. It certainly does not provide any proof that today’s Jews, mostly Ashkenazi, came from the shores of the Mediterranean. Several studies agree that most of the Kurds probably descend from Indo-European tribes which settled, as far back as 4,000 years ago, among the original inhabitants in the mountains on the frontier of what is now Iraq, Iran and Turkey. The Kurds themselves maintain that they are descendants of the Medes, but no proof exists. In the long history of the area, Kurds are relatively new comers to the northern half of the Fertile Crescent. They are not indigenous to the land of Mesopotamia and are furthermore not Semitic people. The majority of the Kurds speak a language originating in north-west Iran. One can safely conclude that today’s Jews have no claim on Semitism and no claim on Palestine. They have all the right to claim the shores of the Black and Caspian seas as a land on which to dwell and establish a Kingdom, but not on the land of Palestine.. HZ __________________________________ Do you Yahoo!? Protect your identity with Yahoo! 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