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    • Gilad
    • 27.11.09 | 16:42 (IST)

    Hi there. I must disagree with the concepts as articulated in this article (since I have not read the original). Genetic studies have demonstrated Israelite traits within MOST Ashkenazim, and a greater degree of similarity of genetic isotopes between Mizrahim and Ashkenazim than either population and their native lands (Europeans and Arabs). Does that, actual science, not prove that many have origins in the land? Even if some conversions were rooted along the way, they have ancestry from the Jewish people. Furthermore, as the Jews are a 'nation' (umm Israel/umm ha yehudi, not dat), it becomes irrelevant as a convert takes on the role of a true local. This is bordering on the same concept as the citizenship in many respects, since obtaining citizenship by passing a nations requirements is (although usually easier and mostly dependent on time rather than effort) akin to converting. Between these two points I have concerns about such a book. Although I base it on this article.

    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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