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Arabs of Jewish Ancestry

Arabs of Jewish Ancestry

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G-D dispersed the nation of Israel to the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:12, Ezekiel 34:13, Deuteronomy 28:64). As G-D has promised, all these descendants of Israel ( no matter what their race) will be gathered from all the parts of the world to which they have been dispersed and will be brought back to the land of their forefathers, Israel.
G-D dispersed the nation of Israel to the four corners of the earth (Isaiah 11:12, Ezekiel 34:13, Deuteronomy 28:64). As G-D has promised, all these descendants of Israel ( no matter what their race) will be gathered from all the parts of the world to which they have been dispersed and will be brought back to the land of their forefathers, Israel.

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Arabs of Jewish Descent in Israel
Arabs of Jewish Descent in Israel
Up to 85 percent of Arabs in greater Israel stem from Jewishancestors, it is estimated. Some of them want to become fullyJewish, but most are scared to even talk about it.
[Freeman Note: This does NOT mean 85% of Arabs, who are of adifferent genetic structure. The researcher is talking about Arabsliving in Eretz Yisrael during the various Moslem invasions and forcible conversions.]
 “In our search for the lost Ten Tribes in India and Afghanistan, weseem to have forgotten to look for their descendants in our veryown backyard.” So says the narrator in a new film about theeffortsof a former hi-tech pioneer named Tzvi MiSinai to searchout the Jewish roots of Israel’s Arab enemies – and to inform themof their Judaic heritage. [
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to see the video footage]MiSinai has spent about a half-million shekels, he estimates, onthese efforts. They include visiting dangerous places deep insidePalestinian Authority-controlled territory, hearing the stories oArabs who remember observing Jewish customs, and distributingliterature to Jews and Arabs alike.One Arab says his father told him the secret of his family’s Jewishness on his deathbed, while another one,onthebackdrop of a photo of the saintly Cabalistic sage Rabbi Abuchatzeira on his wall, says their roots have been known in his family for generations. Wrapping what apparently used to be kosher tefillinon his arm,he says, “My father used to do this, and he taught us to do it whenever someone wassick or in trouble.” 
Itis generally accepted that most Jews left the Land of Israel after the failed Bar Kokhba revolt in 135CE. Yet many remained, and of these, many are still here, after having been forced to convert to Islam. “Itturns out that a large part of the Arabs of the Land of Israel areactually descendants of forced converts to Islam over the years,” says Rabbi Dov Stein of the nascent Sanhedrin rabbinical council. “There are some studies that say that 85 percent of the Arabs in Israel are descended from Jews; otherssay there are fewer.” 
Ben-Gurion Agrees
The claims are not new. Early Zionist leaders David Ben-Gurion and Yitzchak Ben-Tzvi wrote in a book100 years ago: “If we investigate the origins of the Felahim, there is no doubt that much Jewish bloodruns in their veins.” The authors implied that these Jews loved the Land so much that they were willing togive up their religion. The reference is probably to an edict in the year 1012 by Caliph el-Hakim, whoordered the non-Muslims to either convert or leave the Land of Israel. It is estimated that 90 percent of the Jews chose the former, though many continued to practice Judaism in secret. The decree wasrevoked 32 years later – apparently too late for about 75 percent of the converts.Tzvi MiSinai continues to convince Arabs in Judea and Samaria that they are likely Jewish. The film showshim passing through the Gush Etzion checkpoint and distributing pamphlets both to Israeli soldiers – “sothat you’ll know who you’re checking here” – and to the Arabs waiting there – “so that you’ll know whothe majority of you are.” Asked by an Arab if he is from the peace movement, MiSinai answers, “Yes,yes, peace, so that we can live together as one nation.” 
The Sawarka Bedouin Jews
One place where MiSinai has apparently found very strong Jewish roots is in the Bedouin tribe known asthe Sawarka. There are about 3-4,000 of them throughout the Sinai and the Negev, and they “are allJewish,” says a tribal leader in perfect Hebrew. With his face camouflaged for the cameras, the Bedouinsays, “They had no choice but to convert; this was centuries ago… I remember my mother andgrandmother wouldn’t light fire on Sabbath, and they had a special mikveh…” Others, in a Bedouin village east of Hebron, also remember burning a small piece of dough (reminiscentof the Biblical command to separate a small piece of dough when baking bread), lighting candles atgraves, and tearing clothes and sitting shiva for seven days, and not three as is Muslim practice.Even today, ritual circumcisions are carried out after the seventh day of birth. Many homes in some of the Arab villages have doorpost indentations for a Mezuzah, with a scroll placed in some of them.In another village just south of Hevron, Muhammed Amsalem – a descendant of Spanish Jews – toldAharon Granot of 
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magazine that everyone in town knows he and his clan are Jews: “Ourelders tell us that our forefathers came to this land during the [15th century] Spanish Inquisition, viaMorocco. They settled in Ramle. Then the Mamluks forced them to convert to Islam, and they moved to
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the South Hevron area.” Amsalem says they decided to reveal their Jewish roots after the 1967 Six Day War when they learnedthat a Jewish community had been reestablished in Hevron. “But the Jews saw we had no knowledge of their religious practices and refused to accept us… If the Jewish community would be willing to receive ustoday, we would join them with great enthusiasm.” In the area of the South Hevron Hills, half of the Arabs are aware of the Jewish origins. They used to talkabout it openly, though no longer. One man who recently publicized a silver Chanukah menorah that hadbeen passed down to him from his father and previous generations was hung by terrorists by his feet forsix weeks, leaving him with permanent injuries.
Genetic Studies Back Claims
At the Hadassah Medical School labs, Prof. Ariela Oppenheim of Hebrew University performed aninternational genetic study that backs up conclusions of Jewish-Arab genetic similarities. “We found thatdespite the dispersion of Jews around the world for 2,000 years, they essentially kept their Jewishcontinuity,” Oppenheim said. “In addition, we found that the Jewish population is surprisingly close,genetically, to the Arabs living here in Israel.” She said that the study shows that both the Arabs of Israel and the Jews are descended from the Kurdsof Aram in Babylon – the birthplace of the Patriarch Abraham. “It’s clear that we’re all from the same family,” Oppenheim concludes. “Most unfortunately, however,there are conflicts even within families, and sometimes brothers fight as well. I wish this is what will bringthe Redemption, but I’m very sad to say that I don’t think so.” 
Some Want to Return to Observant Judaism
South of Hevron, in Yatta, there is a large formerly-Jewish presence – and some even want to return toactive Judaism. It is widely known there that half the residents are of the originally-Jewish Mahamra clan– a name that means “winemaker,” a trade that is forbidden according to Islam. “The people in theseareas converted to Islam later in history,” MiSinai says, “and therefore more customs and knowledge andartifacts have been preserved.” These include Jewish stars over the entrances to homes, while in at leastone house, the family has hidden a mezuzah and tefillin in creative hiding spots. One man pulled out asmall Hebrew booklet of Psalms and Tanya with which he says he continues to secretly pray.Miro Cohen, a Jew from Tekoa, in eastern Gush Etzion, is very friendly with the Arabs in a nearby villageknown as Kawazbe – a name that he and they agree is merely a corruption of Kuzeiba, the original nameof the famous Bar Kokhba. “These people are the descendants of Bar Kokhba,” Cohen declares. One Arab sitting with him can counthis ancestors eight generations back, ending with a grandfather named Kawazbeh. Another village eldersays openly that his grandfather was a Jew who converted to Islam. Some of the residents want toreturn to Judaism; they don’t call it converting, because they are “already Jewish.” On the other hand,Arabs with the name Kawazbeh have been arrested for terrorist activity against Israel.Other areas where Arabs of Jewish descent reside are Kfar Anzah in Samaria, Samoa in southern Judea,villages in the Tel Arad area, and more. Rabbi Stein says, “We know that up to about 200 years ago, theGalilee village of Sakhnin was a Jewish town, with an active synagogue. The Turks pressured them toconvert to Islam, but the people there know that they are of Jewish origins.” www.IsraelNationalNews.comAv 20, 5769, 10 August 09; by Hillel Fendel© Copyright IsraelNationalNews.com
 
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