not sure what the big deal is - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • dan
    • 31.08.10 | 10:07 (IDT)

    Not quite sure why this is a big deal. Saying that an ethnic group has a common genetic pattern is stating the obvious and nothing more. That is like saying that Japanese, Hindus, or Native Americans share genetic patterns. Europe and the liberal West want to turn Judaism into a "western religion" like Protestantism that can be picked and chosen, but at its core, Judaism is an ethnicity - something we are born into and born with. Unlike Eli Yishai's ignorant comments, converts (which are fully welcome) do not get any gene, and non orthodox converts are just the same. Any time you have a language/ culture/ religious group living together, marrying together and inhabiting a specific geographic region, they will continue passing on specific gene traits and only through intermarriage (which is frequent) and conversion (which is not infrequent) non- "Jewish" genes will be introduced. Also, many Palestinians have "Jewish" or "Cohn" genes because geographically / historically, they are the closest neighbors/ cousins to Jews, and its safe to assume that many Jews over the past hundreds of years or even before living in Israel and then Palestine / Ottoman empire converted to Christianity and or Islam and now live as Palestinians here in Israel. Lets take unhostile comments into proportion - if they weren't said in malice or to evoke hatred, lets not turn them into such.

    from the article: 'Jewish gene' theories make waves in Germany, go unnoticed in Israel
    First published 01:46 31.08.10 | Last updated 01:46 31.08.10
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