Every so often, we come across a “theory” that is so over the top that its only true merit is its entertainment value. It seems there exists a group of black Americans who believe that only American blacks and Hispanics are true Jews…
The other group that calls itself the Jews, and are not, are the Ethiopian Falashan Jews. The real Jews are not Ethiopian or any other kind of African. The Negroes of the Americas are not Africans, they are the real Jews, and are a completely separate family of people than the Africans. The only reason our people were on the West Coast of Africa during the slave trade is because they fled from our homeland Israel during the times of their persecution.
It seems that some folks so disdain their own heritage that they feel the need to try to steal that of others. Especially disturbing, to me, are the so-called “black Hebrews” who have squatted near the town of Dimona in Israel. No good can come of their presence; Africa is not very far from Israel. That would be a better place for them to be.
But the “black Hebrews” are only the latest in a series of wannabe Jewish groups. There are the Lembe of Zimbabwe, who some have claimed have “Jewish genes”, whatever those might be. I hope they do not “discover” that Robert Mugabe is Jewish. Some groups, such as the “Bene Israel” of India and the Falashas of Ethiopia show clear signs of having been in contact with Jews a long time ago. I do not claim to know whether their ancestry is substantially Jewish or not. There was some controversy when the State of Israel forced the Ethiopians to undergo conversion in order to be considered full Jews.
Some people claim that the British are descended from the ten lost tribes of Israel. Needless to say, their claims are tenuous, but their belief is based, in part, on the word “BRIT-annia”, as in “B’nai BRIT” (“berith” means covenant in Hebrew). Specifically, it is claimed that British royalty is descended from the House of David and, at one point, they even practiced circumcision.
More credible is the claim that the Pathans, of Pakistan and Afghanistan, have Jewish origins. At least they are in the right part of the world (more or less) to be descended from the ten lost tribes. If claims of their Jewish practices are accurate, then I would say that their story is more credible than that of the Falashas. Does this mean most of the Taliban are actually Jewish? Maybe they should move to Zimbabwe, a former British colony, so that they can reunite with their brethren the Lembe, and be ruled over by Robert Mugabe. In deference to their kinsmen in America, let them put feathers in their heads as well.
Of course, through all this intricate web of genes, claims and traditions, it is difficult to discern truth from fiction. Wishful thinking from legitimate history. It appears that some of the more primitive groups, such as the “black Hebrews” are no more than cargo cults. When natives of Melanesia encountered modern technology for the first time, during World War Two, they were awe-inspired. They reasoned that the airplanes must be gods, or sent by the gods. So they built mock airports in the hope of luring the gods back to them – along with their precious cargo. Just as the Melanesians built mock airports, so too do the “black Hebrews” build mock Jewish pedigrees. It is no different than another black claim: that they are descended from ancient Egyptians. I wonder if the two groups ever fight (“your imaginary ancestors enslaved my imaginary ancestors!”).
Things would be so much simpler if people would just be happy with who they are.