After Millennia in India, Lost Tribe Returns to Israel
Report; Posted on: 2006-09-30 20:48:18

The presumed descendents of the Bnei Menashe, one of the 10 lost biblical tribes mentioned in the Bible, are about to leave India after 2,700 years. They will reside in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

A group of 218 people from a mountainous area of north-eastern India are about to be welcomed in Israel. These are the presumed descendents of the Bnei Menashe tribe, one of the 10 lost biblical tribes lost after the exodus from the Promised Land, mentioned in the Bible. The news was confirmed yesterday by Israeli government sources.

Michael Freund, founder of Shavei Israel [an association assisting "lost Jews" to return to Israel], described this as a “turning point”. He said: "This is a major historical event, because these members of a lost tribe of Israel can return home after 27 centuries.”

Members of the tribe have already undergone official conversion in India despite protests – even at diplomatic level – in New Delhi. The rabbis sent to the Indian states of Mizoran and Manipur by Israel's Sephardi Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Amar, followed the conversions of the tribal people and declared them "descendants of the Jewish people."

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The Bnei Menashe are as ethnically Jewish as the cat, which the Israelis themselves know, hence the "official conversion" to Judaism of this supposedly lost group of Jews. In fact the Bnei Menashe are genetically related to the Burmese and other Southeast Asians. Jewish proponents of the project were even accused of cooking up fake DNA tests to legitimize these people. They are being used by the Zionists as a colonist population to shore up the shrinking Jewish population in occupied Palestine and reinforce the illegal West Bank settlements. The Bnei Menashe have already been burned by Israel: an advance group of them formed the largest "Jewish" population in Gaza at the point of Sharon's pullout.

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