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    • Rebbe Goyman
    • 28.11.09 | 20:45 (IST)

    There is no genetic argument upon which the Jewish national claim to Palestine is predicated. The genetic argument is to rebut claims such as those found in Sand that the Jews descend not from Jews of antiquity, but almost wholly from Asian Turks or north African Berbers. The genetic argument shows that: 1. the major rabbinical diaspora populations are substantially more related to each other than to their host populations, and more than the respective host populations are related to each other, and 2. In light of the above, and in light of the haplotype diversity of Jews, and in light of the genetic similarity to others of the Levant (namely, the Lebanese), rabbinical Jewish populations of today are primarily descendant from the Jews of antiquity

    from the article: Shlomo Sand's 'The Invention of the Jewish People' is a success for Israel
    First published 15:30 27.11.09 | Last updated 15:42 27.11.09
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