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‘Jewish gene’ myth finally exploded

Bravo to the Israeli geneticist Eran Elhaik, who has finally exploded the racist consensus created by “Jewish geneticists” (read: hasbara scientists) that there is a unique Jewish gene.

He also apparently finds conclusive evidence showing that European / Ashkenazi Jews are not descended from the Middle East, as the “Jewish geneticists” have long claimed. He believes they are descended from the Khazars, a people that lived in the area from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea in the medieval period. Experts have proposed for some time that the Khazars converted to Judaism centuries ago, but were always dismissed as anti-Semites for doing so. Now an Israeli expert is saying the same.

Israel’s supporters are made extremely uncomfortable by this for an obvious reason: it undermines their claim to a tie, both Biblical and genetic, to the Promised Land. Their justification for dispossessing and oppressing another people vanishes in a puff of air.

The article in Haaretz is really worth a read:

“The various groups of Jews in the world today do not share a common genetic origin. We are talking here about groups that are very heterogeneous and which are connected solely by religion.” The bottom line, Elhaik claims, is that the “genome of European Jews is a mosaic of ancient peoples and its origin is largely Khazar.”

Of the scientists who claimed to have found the Jewish gene, he says:

“It is my impression that their results were written before they began the research. First they shot their arrow – and then they painted the bull’s-eye around it.”

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