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    • Lebanese Admirer
    • 26.11.06 | 10:02 (IST)

    If you walk around Jerusalem you will see Jews who look like Arabs, and Jews who are easily recognised as of Eastern European decent although they dress as the most recognisable of Orthodox Jews - with pale skins and myopic eyes. Modern youngsters with blonde hair and blue eyes are easily recognisable as newly immigrated from Russia - whether truly Jewish or not. By absolute contrast are the Ethiopian Jews who are obviously of African geneology, whether Jewish or not. And now Indian blood will join the cosmopolitan Jewish community in Israel. No wonder Israel has to stick to the 'Inheritance' theory in order to make a claim to Palestine. Look around the rest of the Middle East - Arabs who have continued their ancestral line without having left or watered down their gene pool. Conversion is as much a part of the Jewish faith as any other and weakens any claim that Judaism to be a race not just a religion.

    from the article: Black Box / A passage from India
    First published 00:00 23.11.06 | Last updated 00:00 23.11.06
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