Thousands in Jerusalem protest abduction of Yemenite babies following disclosure some were experimented on

Israel/Palestine

Over 2,000 Israeli Yemenite Jews and supporting activists gathered in Jerusalem last Wednesday to mark an annual day of awareness for what families say was a state-sponsored program to abduct Yemenite Jewish infants and other Israeli children born to parents who were recent immigrants from Arab countries.

Known as the Yemenite Children Affair, in the first decade after the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948, there was a systematic kidnapping of newborn Yemenite children, carried out by Israeli hospitals and government institutions. Mothers, who often were in Israel for a short time and did not speak Hebrew, would enter hospitals or other state facilities to give birth. Once the child was born medical staff told the parents the child died unexpectedly. Yet none of the families were shown bodies or burial documents. Many of the families did not practice any mourning ceremonies because they believed their missing children were still alive.

The babies who went missing, parents claim, were given away to childless Ashkenazi families (Jews of European descent–the dominant ethnic group in Israel at the time), leaving the Yemenite families with no answers regarding their children’s fate. In most cases, the families were told the children died unexpectedly.

There have been a few national state committees tasked with investigating the matter over the decades, but they were previously accused of ignoring real evidence and helping government efforts to cover up the affair. Following recent pressure by the third generation of Jewish Yemenite activists, part of the national archives and state protocols were disclosed to the public.

Last year Benjamin Netanyahu had more than 3,500 government files on the investigation into the disappearance of the children published online.  A Knesset committee followed up by confirming earlier this month that Yemenite babies died during the 1950s after state medical institutions conducted experiments on them. Despite the disclosures, the families are still in the dark regarding their relatives, and the matter is still an open wound in the Israeli society.

Seeking more answers, the Israeli nonprofit Amram organized the protest in Jerusalem last week under the title “Recognition, Justice, Healing,” calling on the government to open all of the national archives, which could allow for family reunification. The demonstrators also want the affair recognized as a crime against humanity.

This was the largest protest on the topic in the history of Israel to date.

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About Shiraz Grinbaum and Yotam Ronen

Shiraz Grinbaum is an independent photographer and photo-editor, and a member of the Activestills Photography Collective since 2012. She is the co-editor of the book "Activestills: Photography as Protest in Palestine/Israel" (Pluto Press, 2016). Yotam Ronen is an independent photographer and a co-founder of the Activestills Photography Collective. He is a staff member for Walla!, an Israeli news outlet.

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  1. JosephA
    June 26, 2017, 6:31 pm

    Dear Shiraz, this story must be told, thank you. Diversity is the key to strength. Jews will be harmed if one group of Jews tries to discriminate against another (ex: “white/European Jews vs. dark/Arabic speaking Jews).

    • RoHa
      June 27, 2017, 3:56 am

      “Diversity is the key to strength.”

      How does that work?

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2017, 11:38 am

        “How does that work?”

        Sometimes the devil’s advocate is simply a nasty minor demon.

      • JosephA
        June 27, 2017, 10:12 pm

        I don’t know if your intonation is serious, or joking. Regardless, I will answer the question.

        Based upon my life experience, I have found that I am better off when surrounded by a diverse group of people in my life. This diversity (of age, sex, culture, religion or lack thereof, etc.) has resulted in my having benefited from different viewpoints and experiences.

        Sorry to be so vague, but that’s about as best I can describe it off the cuff.

      • echinococcus
        June 28, 2017, 6:51 am

        Joseph A,

        I see. So diversity is a key to strength. So that’s why all these people illegally invaded Palestine to start a strictly Jews-only state.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2017, 11:10 am

        Anybody who doesn’t think diversity is strength is free to marry their sister or first cousin.

      • MHughes976
        June 28, 2017, 11:29 am

        In impressionable youth I read a book about Eastern Europe by the leading U.K. authority of the time, Hugh Seton Watson. He had a certain respect and regret, I think, for the old monarchist days and made a point of drawing attention to the statement attributed (very dubiously) to Stephen of Hungary, King and Saint, that ‘regnum unius linguae uniusque moris imbecile et fragile est’, which really stuck in my mind. This does not seem to have been exemplified in Stephen’s actual treatment of those Hungarians of the 1030s who wanted to follow pagan customs. But I suppose that if you can get groups who ‘are not of one language and custom’ and might be in conflict to work
        together your economy and military power will grow and you may get a reputation for good and moderate government. On the other hand if you are for ever plagued by national and religious groups discontented with their share you may end up as ‘weak and fragile’ as Austria-Hungary turned out to be.

      • YoniFalic
        June 28, 2017, 11:38 am

        The RAMBAM recommended that a man marry his niece (i.e., his brother’s daughter).

      • YoniFalic
        June 28, 2017, 12:35 pm

        I doubt that Stephen equated mos with religion or faith. At that time period he might have been thinking of the various customary law systems: Magdeburger Recht and various other local non-Roman legal systems or Polish common law.

        In the thinking of the Middle Ages such heterogeneous legal systems and diffusion of authority prevented central government tyranny, which could only poison and destroy the state.

      • Mooser
        June 28, 2017, 3:44 pm

        “The RAMBAM recommended that a man marry his niece (i.e., his brother’s daughter).”

        “Yoni” you know how that goes, when you’re Jewish and single, everybody wants to play matchmaker.

      • RoHa
        June 29, 2017, 7:35 am

        Yes, it is a serious question. This “diversity is strength” claim seems to have become fashionable. Old lags on MW know that I start from the principle that all things fashionable (and most things unfashionable) are damned silly. And the phrase is being used as a propaganda slogan, which makes me doubly suspicious. The old slogan, “unity is strength”, turned out to be true in many cases (trade unions, for example), and so it seems unlikely that a slogan which, on the face of it, claims the opposite should be also be true.

        The important point seems to be the type of diversity that is being referred to. Genetic diversity, as Mooser points out, is usually a good thing. (I recall reading somewhere that the greatest improvement in the genetic health of England resulted from the invention of the bicycle.) And a diversity of ideas and cuisines certainly seems beneficial. (As long as Japanese cooking, and especially sushi, is excluded.) But when it is applied to society, the benefits are not ( pace King Stephen) so certain, for the reasons MHughes points out.

        The slogan has more than a whiff of political correctness about it, and, especially when used by Merkel, looks rather like a desperate attempt to allay public concern about the current migration crisis in Europe. Furthermore, when wearing a conspiracy hat I borrowed from Keith, I rather suspect that the aim is to support “identity politics”, and thus keep the public divided, weak, and incapable of effective protest.

        And so I ask my question. But you could well say that seeking a rational basis for a political slogan shows an optimism unbecoming to one of my age and experience.

      • gamal
        June 29, 2017, 1:14 pm

        “How does that work?”

        I don’t know what it means but Ibn Khaldun would agree with you, social solidarity he says is strength,

        I have worked in “integration” in two countries and no one knows what they are doing, it’s a vacuous municipal grant mining activity, if we eat Injera with Pho apparently all humanities problems are solved, once you institutionalise some groups as leading the integration of their communities firstly it divides the community establishes corrupt systems of patronage and then all the youth (in London) abandon it in favour of a fiesty surly cockney yardy cultural variant, I am all for that.

        I consciously became English because what choice did have I was alone with them in South London in ’70’s, also they were great and had Rugby ( I love it) I learned so much from them, I am a fully operating Surly South London Cockney, with a patois twist, diverse that.

    • Bont Eastlake
      June 27, 2017, 10:43 am

      Being a Jew won’t save you from white supremacy, if you happen to a Jew of color.

      • JosephA
        June 28, 2017, 6:38 am

        What could or would save anybody from white supremacy other than vigilance and a staunch belief (realized by actions) in universal human rights?

      • Bont Eastlake
        June 29, 2017, 9:31 am

        First line of defence against white supremacy is radical self love and pride of your ancestry, heritage, culture as you see them. Followed by strong loyalty to family values especially towards the mother, and unconditional love towards all members of your family. Lastly, white supremacy is the absence of self-identity. Surrounding oneself with those who genuinely accept and embrace us as we are, building relationships that empowers mutually, and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable are critical steps in finding and developing an identity thats true to ourselves.

        We are social creatures but we are not nationalistic by nature. Nothing wrong with being nationalists but healthy and rational social conditioning is imperative for all humans. Most people who are victims of white supremacy are conditioned from birth to be “white” over being human. White in this context refers to an artifical identity set overlaid onto the base human conciousness for political purposes.

  2. Tom Suarez
    June 27, 2017, 12:28 am

    Hello Shiraz Grinbaum and Yotam Ronen,
    Is there anything more known about these alleged “experiments”? This would be such a horrific revelation, and warrants far more than the simple mention of it.
    Is it possible to supply what the Knesset committee said? Or any other credible information?
    Many thanks.

    • David Gerald Fincham
      June 27, 2017, 9:05 am

      Hello Tom.

      There was a recent story on this in the Times of Israel: http://www.timesofisrael.com/when-israeli-doctors-allegedly-tested-yemenites-for-negro-blood/

      There were two types of experiment carried out: (a) blood samples tested for the presence of sickle-cell anemia, which would be an indicator of negro descent; (b) the harvesting of hearts during postmortem examinations for research into the very low rate of heart disease amongst Yemenis.

      • Elizabeth Block
        June 27, 2017, 11:07 am

        You don’t die from having a blood sample taken. We need to know more.

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2017, 12:04 pm

        “You don’t die from having a blood sample taken”

        No doubt every sterility protocol; was rigidly followed. No doubt the tests were administered with the best of medical intentions.

      • Jackdaw
        June 29, 2017, 4:23 am

        A blood test is not an experiment. It is a test for something that is already there.

        Harvesting organs is not experimental either. Harvesting organs is research.

        To put it another way, these claims that Israel experimented on Yemeni babies is ‘fake news’ and pernicious left wing anti-Zionist agitprop.

      • Emory Riddle
        June 29, 2017, 11:02 am

        To put it another way, these claims that Israel experimented on Yemeni babies is ‘fake news’ and pernicious left wing anti-Zionist agitprop.

        I know. Israel just tested them for “Negro blood” and stole their children.

      • Jackdaw
        June 29, 2017, 11:47 am

        @Emory

        No Emory, they tested the Yemenis to see if they were carriers for sickle cell anemia, a fatal blood disease. A doctor is supposed to do that.

      • Talkback
        June 29, 2017, 12:47 pm

        Jackdaw: “A blood test is not an experiment. It is a test for something that is already there.

        Harvesting organs is not experimental either. Harvesting organs is research.”

        Yes, yes and “systematic kidnapping” is collecting data.

        And an “unexpected death” is an unintended opportunity for harvesting organs. But when it comes to Israel’s former chief pathologist Yehuda Hiss it’s a fantastic business, too.

        Jackdaw: “To put it another way, these claims that Israel experimented on Yemeni babies is ‘fake news’ and pernicious left wing anti-Zionist agitprop.”

        Yes, yes that’s what all claims from Knesset commitees are. You’re the truth, Jackdaw!

      • Jackdaw
        June 29, 2017, 3:03 pm

        @Talkback

        Do not put words in my mouth. I specifically referred to experimentation, and only experimentation.

        Mondoweiss is a trough of lies.

      • Mooser
        June 29, 2017, 3:50 pm

        “Mondoweiss is a trough of lies.”

        It can’t be. Mondo get hundreds of thousands, if not millions of “hits”, and/or views on the Internet and every one is positive. There’s not a single negative hit.

      • echinococcus
        June 29, 2017, 6:21 pm

        That Jackass, pardon, Jackdaw, is something else now. He wasn’t told in his Zionist bubble that human experimentation without consent is exactly what his forerunner Dr Mengele did –not that I would ever insult Jacksomething by supposing he has any idea of medicine– and thatá why it is banned by international convention, including them in crimes against humanity.

        So it’s only a huge crime –don’t put words in his mouth. He only referred to legit crimes.

      • Talkback
        June 30, 2017, 3:52 am

        Jackdaw: “Do not put words in my mouth. I specifically referred to experimentation, and only experimentation.”

        Yes, yes. It wasn’t “experiments”. It was just kidnapping, testing and dying unexpectedly. Israel has the most moral research teams of the world. That is after 1945. You should make a trip to their Gaza Test Site where they are testing depleted Uranium, D.I.M.E, White phosphorous, croud control, large scale landscape transformation and calories calculations.

        Jackdaw: “Mondoweiss is a trough of lies.”

        Yes, yes, Mondoweiss is the name of the Knesset committee that confirmed this month that Yemenite babies died during the 1950s after state medical institutions conducted experiments on them.

        You’re the truth, Jackdaw.

      • Mooser
        June 30, 2017, 11:50 am

        “He wasn’t told in his Zionist bubble that human experimentation without consent…”

        “Echin”, everybody knows that medical consent is a very important concept to Judaism. Forced medical procedures are not encouraged. For instance, no one can force a man to have rhinoplasty or Botox if he doesn’t want to.

      • echinococcus
        June 30, 2017, 12:21 pm

        Mooser,

        How right you are. What was I thinking!

        Informed consent R us. Forget Helsinki, it had already been implemented when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth.

        So much so that circumcision, with the subject’s fully informed consent no doubt, is called “The Covenant”!

    • Annie Robbins
      June 28, 2017, 3:37 am

      tom, i was sort of taken aback by how little information was in this article. i recalled reading (and tweeting) about it just a few weeks ago… https://twitter.com/anniefofani/status/875026142633185280

      80% died while in their custody“! Shocking Photos Show Medical Experiments Conducted on Missing Yemenite Children http://hamodia.com/2017/06/14/shocking-photos-show-medical-experiments-conducted-missing-yemenite-children/

      MK Amir Ohana said that hospitals reported that 80 percent of the Yemenite children died while in their custody. “That’s not a medical error or disease, that’s murder,” ….the missing Yemenite children – an exact number has never been determined, but previous investigations have uncovered at least 1060 cases, with as many as 3,430 files said to exist – the children were either farmed out to Ashkenazi families who could not have their own children, experimented on at hospitals, or even shipped to the United States for use as subjects in tests that measured the effects of radiation.

      iow, they experimented on the children.

      horrid photo alert: http://www.israelhayom.com/site/newsletter_article.php?id=43119

      doctors carried out an experimental treatment on four undernourished babies in which they injected dry protein into the babies’ veins, a treatment that killed them.

      The protocol records attorney Drora Nahmani-Roth attempting to jog the memory of Dr. George Mendel, the former head of the children’s hospital at Rosh Haayin in central Israel.

      When pressed, Mendel said, “I remember one or two cases in which Dr. Matot gave instructions to give an injection of dry protein that we would separate. Serum, dry plasma … and the results were not good.”

      The protocol includes a letter from Dr. Kalman Jacob Mann, deputy medical director of the hospital, to Mendel, dated Nov. 21, 1949, saying: “I visited our hospital in Rosh Haayin, and found that that morning four babies who had received active treatment had died. These babies were in more or less balanced condition according to their physio-pathological condition, but after they were injected with various solutions, the balance was upset and they died.”

      • Edward Q
        June 28, 2017, 5:27 am

        “…or even shipped to the United States for use as subjects in tests that measured the effects of radiation.”

        Any details about this?

      • Marnie
        June 28, 2017, 10:07 am

        “…and the results were not good.” They all died; what would they consider horrible results?

  3. Qualtrough
    June 27, 2017, 12:58 am

    Experimenting on stolen babies? More evidence that Zionists learned at the foot of masters.

    • Bont Eastlake
      June 27, 2017, 11:01 am

      Zionists were racists no different from any other European power at that time, and possibly even now. They coopted mainstream European racist worldview, internalized it, and made it part of their idealisation of Jewish identity. What they did with the Yemenite children were not much worse than what was done to Aboriginal children in Canada, or black women and children in the US.

      Religion in this instance, like Christianity was for the slaveowners and colonizers, were self-prescribed to legitimize their delusions with a divine mandate. When did Moses ever say its ok to kill babies and steal their organs? When did Jesus say it was ok to sell bombs to dictators and despots? It doesn’t matter, these people decide what Jesus or Moses meant as long as they can act upon their delusions.

      • genesto
        June 27, 2017, 11:50 am

        Beautifully said. Thank you for this post.

  4. RoHa
    June 27, 2017, 3:55 am

    “…a state-sponsored program to abduct Yemenite Jewish infants and other Israeli children…A Knesset committee followed up by confirming earlier this month that Yemenite babies died during the 1950s after state medical institutions conducted experiments on them.”

    Israel is the country where all Jews can be safe from oppression, right?

    “The babies who went missing, parents claim, were given away to childless Ashkenazi families”

    But would it not be a bit embarrassing for those Ashkenazi families to have children who were rather more heavily shaded in than Ashkenazis usually are?

    • Citizen
      June 27, 2017, 9:12 am

      Israel as the state of Dr Mengele?

    • Bont Eastlake
      June 27, 2017, 11:04 am

      Israel is the country where white European Jews can also partake in racist hatred against colored people in peace.

      • echinococcus
        June 27, 2017, 12:56 pm

        Comment of the month, Eastlake.

    • echinococcus
      June 27, 2017, 1:00 pm

      But would it not be a bit embarrassing for those Ashkenazi families to have children who were rather more heavily shaded in than Ashkenazis usually are?

      I don’t know about your corner of the White-English-Speaking-World, but in ours it has become very fashionable (as it already was in Europe) to adopt, ehm, colored babies and adapt them to our culture. The Ashkenazi Zionists are from the same world.

      • YoniFalic
        June 27, 2017, 1:33 pm

        Just as the Polish children kidnapped by German Nazis for Germanization were selected for meeting the standards of superior German appearance, the kidnapped Jewish Balkan and Jewish Arab children were selected for meeting the standard of “the new man” of the Zionist revolution especially if their parents appeared to be racially inferior according to Zionist ideology.

      • echinococcus
        June 27, 2017, 3:04 pm

        Well said, Falic.
        I should have written “and adapt them to our Kultur”.

      • RoHa
        June 27, 2017, 7:35 pm

        Fashionable now, but not in the 1950s. Not even in Europe.

        In Australia it is currently fashionable to adopt children from SE Asia. Of course the parents “adapt them to our culture”*. That is, they bring them up to be Australians. It would be wrong not to.

        (*”Culture” is not a term easily associated with Australia.)

  5. gamal
    June 27, 2017, 8:48 am

    Yemeni Jews are genetically identical with Yemenis, as Israeli scientists can confirm, they tested them to find out, so not so bad then, at least no precious genes were squandered, I mean Arabs there’s hundreds of millions of them.

    • Elizabeth Block
      June 27, 2017, 11:06 am

      I trust you are being ironic.

      • genesto
        June 27, 2017, 11:52 am

        Of course he is!

      • Mooser
        June 27, 2017, 12:07 pm

        “I trust you are being ironic.”

        “You don’t die from having a blood sample taken.”

  6. Hatim Kanaaneh
    June 27, 2017, 9:59 am

    This all brings some sick thoughts to mind. I can’t help but think of the endless possibilities in terms of the accepted and widely practiced racist profiling of the time, the 1950s and 1960s. Some of the relevant discussions of this matter mention the injurious x-ray treatment of Tinia Capitis used for children of Oriental (Arab) Jews. I distinctly recall my elementary school classmates who were pulled out repeatedly for this treatment. Later, as a physician, I provided medical certificates for some of those who developed cancer and applied for compensations.  I mention that to illustrate the fact that we, locals, were often lumped together with Jewish immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa for negative profiling (even though we didn’t qualify for their many advantages as Jewish immigrants.)

    Now that this ugly monster has raised its head again, I cannot but consider the thought that if this was what the system and its legitimate practitioners did to their Mizrahi brothers and sisters, what could they have done to us, the remnants of the Palestinian enemy? How come no one has ever raised the issue? Do we dare to even ask the question if similar practices towards our babies took place? And if yes, then how come it has never been addressed.

    As long as the suspicions were about abduction of babies for adoption, one might reason that religious and ethnicity considerations might have led to the exemption of the children of Palestinian citizens of Israel from consideration. Could it be that we were so fully excluded from the healthcare facilities in the new state that we gave birth to children, raised them and, if they got sick and died, we buried them in total isolation from the new state’s Zionist medical care system of the time? Could it be that we were so low on the totem pole that we were not even considered for such experimentations? How do we go about answering such questions if we were to dare ask them in the first place?

  7. Misterioso
    June 27, 2017, 12:25 pm

    For the record:

    Once they arrived in Israel, the Mizrachim were treated little better than animals. Those from Yemen were shorn of their side locks and sprayed with DDT to “disinfect” and “delouse” them and then crammed into unsanitary overcrowded camps.

    A physician advised Israel’s Immigration Department that conditions in the transit camps for North African Jews in Marseilles France were deplorable: “The immigrants from North Africa arrive here utterly destitute, and almost without clothing. During the passage to Marseilles, which lasts three days, they receive no food. Conditions on board are very bad…. In two of the camps there is a great shortage of blankets. People sleep in concrete barracks, on army camp beds, without mattresses, and only a single blanket each. As a result of the bad housing conditions and the recent decline in nutrition, twelve children have died in these camps…. There is a shortage of soap and clothing…. I can’t understand why in all the European countries the immigrants are provided with clothes while the North Africans get nothing….” (Quoted by Segev, “1949: The First Israelis,” New York, The Free Press, 1986, p. 169)

    After a short while the Mizrachi immigrants were ordered to leave the camps and earn their keep by working at menial tasks in nearby large Ashkenazi settlements. No wonder Ben-Gurion compared them to the Africans who were brought to America as slaves. (Tom Segev, “1949: The First Israelis,” p. 157)

    Hundreds of Yemeni infants who became ill as a result of the dreadful conditions in the transit camps were taken to hospitals by Israel officials and upon recovery, instead of being returned to their families, they were secretly given up for adoption to childless Ashkenazi couples. The parents, who had been denied hospital visitation rights, were then told their children had died. Many Yemenite parents petitioned the police to investigate the fate of their sons and daughters, but they received no reply and the public did not learn of the loathsome affair until the 1980’s.

    Israel’s media could be especially cruel to Mizrachi immigrants. On 22 April 1949, Haaretz published an article by journalist Arye Gelblum in which he described them as “…people whose primitivism is at a peak, whose level of knowledge is one of virtually absolute ignorance, and worse who have little talent for understanding anything intellectual. Generally, they are only slightly better than the general level of the Arabs, Negroes and Berbers in the same regions. In any case, they are at an even lower level than what we knew with regard to the former Arabs of Eretz Yisrael…. These Jews also lack roots in Judaism, as they are totally subordinated to the play of savage and primitive instincts.” (Ha’aretz, 22 April 1949, quoted by Joseph Massad in “Zionism’s Others;” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXV, Number 4, Summer 1996, pp. 57-58.)

    The fair-skinned Ashkenazi immigrants, however, were welcomed with open arms as equals and housed in the homes of dispossessed/expelled Palestinians. As Soviet immigrants arrived during 1969-70 Prime Minister Golda Meir greeted them at the airport saying “you are the real Jews. We have been waiting for you for twenty-five years…. You are a superior breed – you will provide us with heroes.” (Quoted by Joseph Massad, Zionism’s Others …Journal of Palestine Studies, Summer 1996, pp. 61-62)

    • eljay
      June 27, 2017, 2:34 pm

      || Misterioso: For the record: …

      … Israel’s media could be especially cruel to Mizrachi immigrants. On 22 April 1949, Haaretz published an article by journalist Arye Gelblum in which he described them as “…people whose primitivism is at a peak, whose level of knowledge is one of virtually absolute ignorance, and worse who have little talent for understanding anything intellectual. Generally, they are only slightly better than the general level of the Arabs, Negroes and Berbers in the same regions. In any case, they are at an even lower level than what we knew with regard to the former Arabs of Eretz Yisrael…. These Jews also lack roots in Judaism, as they are totally subordinated to the play of savage and primitive instincts.” (Ha’aretz, 22 April 1949, quoted by Joseph Massad in “Zionism’s Others;” Journal of Palestine Studies, Vol. XXV, Number 4, Summer 1996, pp. 57-58.) …

      ||

      It’s shameful (and perhaps even anti-Semitic) that citizens of the “Jewish State” could be so cruel to their fellow ancient Israelites – members of the Jewish tribe, culture, ethnicity, people, nation and civilization.

      • Misterioso
        June 27, 2017, 3:36 pm

        Prior to Islam most Arabs were nomadic and pagan. Many, however, had adopted Judaism when Jewish travelers – especially during the two centuries before Christianity – were energetically proselytizing in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa, e.g., the Falasha of Ethiopia and the “black Jews” of Malabar. (Max L. Margolis and Alexander Marx, A History of the Jewish People, Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1927, p. 525, cited by Alfred Lilienthal, What Price Israel?, p. 6)

        The Himyarites, ancestors of the Yemenite Jews, were converted from paganism to Judaism in the late fourth century C.E. by itinerant Jewish missionaries.

        Eager converts to Judaism were also found in North Africa, mainly among the Berbers and as a result, “In all the great cities strung out along the southern Mediterranean littoral, Jewish communities were numerous, powerful, rich and highly cultured. From this rich stratum the later communities in Muslim lands and in Europe were to draw abundantly.” (Michael Rice, False Inheritance, Kegan Paul International, London and New York, 1994, pp. 62-63)

      • gamal
        June 27, 2017, 7:41 pm

        “Prior to Islam most Arabs were nomadic and pagan”

        perhaps but do recall that the Arabs have one of longest Urban histories of any one how about Dilmun, which the Canaanites said they came from, derided until some one unearthed Eden, now called Dilmun

        “Dilmun is mentioned in some of the earliest Sumerian and Babylonian cuneiform records from 3rd millennium BC”.

        “In the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, probably written in the 2nd millennium BC, Dilmun is described as a paradise, where people lived after surviving the Great Flood.”

        https://www.thoughtco.com/g00/dilmun-mesopotamian-paradise-trading-culture-170732?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.uk%2F

      • Misterioso
        June 27, 2017, 10:35 pm

        gamal

        Greetings.
        Thank you for the link to Dilmun. Very interesting. I remember hearing about it some time ago, but thanks to you, I can learn much more.

        Incidentally, archaeological evidence found at ancient sites such as Jericho, founded by the Natufians, indicates that communities well advanced in agriculture as well as arts and crafts were thriving in Palestine as far back as 7000 BCE. These first settlers were joined by migrants from the Arabian Peninsula around 3500 BCE, (John Quigley, Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice, Duke University Press, Durham and London, 1990, p. 68)

  8. Talkback
    June 29, 2017, 12:54 pm

    Wasn’t it Golda Meir who once said : “We cannot forgive them from forcing us to to experiment on their children. We will only have peace with [them] when they love their children more than they hate us.”

  9. mondo
    July 3, 2017, 9:32 am

    Add to that 10000 newborn babies kidnapped from the hospitals in Serbia during Yugoslavian era. Yugoslavia and Serbia were ruled by the Zionist dictator Tito (Albion anti-Serbian agent) at the time. Serbian parents are still asking questions and investigation on that!

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