The evidence that Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews both descend from common Israelite ancestors is not only genetic. We also learn this from studies of documents, archeology, linguistics, physical anthropology, architecture, and personal names. Sand's book is not a proper, objective evaluation of these topics, but a politically motivated work. I disproved Sand's contention that Jews are an "invented" people. Chapter 10 and Appendix D in my book "The Jews of Khazaria, Second Edition" present the evidence for the common Israelite ancestry of most living Jewish populations. Haaretz should review my book, which just came out this month in softcover format. Yes there were conversions to Judaism, and yes modern Jews descend in part from Khazars and other non-Jews, but that doesn't explain everything.
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