John: More Proof Of Jewish Middle Eastern Origins - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 09.01.10 | 23:29 (IST)

    Yes Judaism is a religion, but the original practitioners of the religion were tribes from the land of Israel. They managed to keep their genetic lines relatively pure, which over thousands of years made them into a distinct ethnicity. Sephardic, Mizrachi, and Ashkenazi Cohens all have a specific genetic marker indicating a common origin. As to why Ashkenazi are white, it should be obvious that this is a result of the environment (I know brothers and sisters with drastically different skin color, and those people come from the same parents!) Also, why assume the ancient Israelites were Arab looking? After all Israel is closer to Greece than some parts of the Arabian peninsula. Also John, 50% of Israeli Jews are Sephardic.

    from the article: How has a small Portuguese Jewish community retained its genetic identity?
    First published 10:42 09.01.10 | Last updated 22:59 09.01.10
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