The news of the arrival of 235 displaced Jews to Israel via Ben Gurion Airport on 13 October went straight over our heads. These immigrants arrived from the city of Manipur in India, claiming that they were Jews descending from the lost biblical tribe of Menashe. Their Judaism was discovered coincidentally by Michael Freund. He is an active member of the office of the former Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. As for how he discovered they were Jewish, he employs a unique technique of merely noticing they observe Sabbath, keep kosher, and follow the Jewish laws of purity.
The new arrivals will join their community who were brought to Israel years ago, their numbers are estimated at 5,000 today. Israel is planning to bring the rest of the tribe to Israel soon, most of whom, especially the youth, will be forced to join the army to suppress us. They will be deployed at the checkpoints. The rest will become settlers who take over our land.
The discoverer, Michael Freund, founder of the Shavei Israel association, claimed that the members of Bnei Menashe tribe are descendants of the Jews exiled by the Assyrian Empire 27 centuries ago.
This "astonishing" discovery is not based on any science, but on the demographic calculation in Israel, which is a calculation based on changing the indigenous people of Palestine by bringing in other nationalities and sects, claiming they have a biblical right. This is without a doubt ethnic cleansing!
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This act is not limited to Michael Freund and his association, Shavei Israel, but was supervised by most of the ministries in Israel, the Ministry of Aaliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency, the Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Housing, in addition to financial supporters, at home and abroad.
This policy may be acceptable in a country that lives on its own legally-recognised land, but instead, it is occurring in a state that has occupied our land, making it a crime against humanity. We are being stripped of our rights so that new immigrants are granted them. At the same time, the Israeli Interior Ministry refuses to grant the indigenous people who were born on their own land humanitarian and legal reunification permits. Not only this, but it is also displacing the residents of the Negev, demolishes their villages, expels the residents of Jerusalem and the Galilee, seizing their homes, and demolishes the villages of the indigenous people in the Jordan Valley.
Unfortunately, this file no longer gains media attention. Most of the Palestinian media does not even monitor these daily racist immigrations from all over the world. There is no law in the world that justifies the expulsion of indigenous people because their occupiers claim to be descendants of a lost Jewish tribe, who lived in the area 27 decades ago.
I would like to remind readers that there are ten Jewish tribes that are still lost out of a total of 12 Jewish tribes.
There are only two tribes in Israel: Benjamin in the north, and Judah in the south, and even they are not complete.
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As for the ten tribes still missing as of the date this article was written, they are: Reuben, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Joseph, Ephraim, and Manasseh.
There are those who pave the way for the displacement of large numbers of the world's population, not only rabbis, as Ovadia Yosef did when he issued a ruling that the Falashas are the descendants of the Jewish Dan tribe in 1972, but also researchers and politicians who have claimed that the Romans are also among the lost tribes.
Israel genetic researchers have previously noted that gypsies are among the lost tribes as well!
The series will continue and will not end, because the Prime Minister of Israel is a settler leader, named after the lost Jewish tribe of Naphtali. He and his party will remain in a constant search for his lost tribe!
This article first appeared in Arabic in Al-Ayyam on 20 October 2021
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