Ashkenazi Jews are no Jews, it is said
In the search of some people for their past, they may come across most surprising discoveries. I recently heard that someone had discovered that he is a descendant of the African Igbo tribe and that this was originally a lost tribe of Israel. I’m always happy for someone with such a discovery. Although it is clear that there is no evidence for this. Another theory is that Ashkenazi Jews were not originally Jewish.
Repulsive and shocking
Such a theory belongs to fake writings such as the Chronicles of the Sages of Zion, an anti-Semitic document; and to the fairy tale about Jews who would slaughter Christian children to process their blood in matzot. All untrue, repulsive and shocking.
Something of this situation seems to correspond to the text of an article from the ‘Jerusalem Report’ of 6 January 2020 by Tibor Krausz. He discusses the book ‘The Lion’s Den’ by Susie Linfield. Among other things, he writes that there is an intellectual deception going on in the world, with respectable scholars such as Noam Chomsky, a famous professor of linguistics, and other scholars presenting themselves as ‘connoisseurs of the Palestinian conflict’. They are therefore seen as ‘truth experts’ and also believed as such.
A number of Khazars
By these self-proclaimed social commentators Israel is seen as an extremely sadistic and ugly community of criminality and racism. In this way, Chomsky and other left-wing intellectuals mislead the young generation who often know nothing about the Middle East and the problems there. Furthermore Krausz writes that in anti-Jewish circles there are also popular teachings from people like Arthur Koestler, who claim that Eastern European Jews are not descending from ancient Israel but are descendants of the Khazars, a pagan tribe of Turkish-Mongolian descent. A small number of these Khazars allegedly became Jewish in the eighth century and established a kingdom between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. They disappeared in the 10th century.
Neo-Nazis and other Jew haters
Among other things, this doctrine is used by Jew haters to deprive Eastern European Jews their right to Israel. The book by Koestler is praised by the neo-Nazi magazine ‘The Thunderbolt’ and by followers of the Christian Identity movement. Koestler used his teachings to encourage Ashkenazi Jews to assimilate in their host countries in order to make their – what he calls – fairy tale evaporate.
A study by Nedel and others, based on Y-chromosome polymorphic markers, shows that Ashkenazi Jews are closer to other Jewish and Middle Eastern populations than the population group they live in in Europe. Of the male Ashkenazim it was discovered that 11.5 percent of them belong to Haplogroup R1a, the dominant Y chromosome (male chromosome) haplogroup in Eastern Europeans. This suggests a possible shift of genes.
A small number
Nedel mentions the book ‘The Thirteenth Tribe’, which talks about the mysterious Khazars. Their kingdom would have perished in the 10th century of the current era. And converts of the remaining Khazars are said to have converted to Judaism and to have been included in the increasing Ashkenazi Jewish community in Eastern Europe. But the scientist Nedel concludes that if these chromosomes (R-M17) in Ashkenazi Jews already indicate the presence of these mysterious Khazars, then this addition was limited to a single founder and not a small number of closely related men.
Not more than 12 percent
And then this addition is no more than 12 percent of the current Ashkenazim. In the renowned journal Science, Michael Balter writes that Koestler’s thesis ‘contradicts several recent studies that show that being Jewish has its deep genetic roots, including the Ashkenazi. He refers to a study by the geneticist Harry Ostrer who has found that Ashkenazi Jews are more part of people in the Middle East and Sephardic Jews. That is why the idea of the Khazars conflicts with this. All three Jewish groups, from the Middle East, Sephardic and Ashkenazi, share genetic markers throughout their genomes that make them different from all other population groups worldwide.
Their heart was drawn to Zion
These kinds of teachings are deliberately used to discredit the State of Israel, since many founders of the State of Israel, such as Ben Gurion and Herzl, were Ashkenazi Jews. It was their heart that was drawn to Zion and that led to the foundation of the modern State of Israel. We are grateful to them and see in it the prophetic miracle of G-d. A storm of criticism to this book has come from the academic world of scientists and also a renowned magazine such as Time Magazine breaks it down as worthless. Professor Gershon D. Hundert (specialist in the field of Polish-Jewish history) wrote in 2006 that there is no evidence at all that would prove this theory.
Lion and Elze Erwteman