Friday, January 08, 2010

Where Do Jews Come From?

Dear Harold:

Author is Jewish himself. If he can write it, can I say it?

Does this mean the label I get of being an anti semite is finished? The author knows that people are finding out about this and so by writing the article himself and then painting it as if it is “no big deal” he is actually doing damage control. Instead of getting caught in a lie, they are acting like this is no big deal and old information.

-Sannie Van Reenan

by Evan R. Goldstein

This much is known: In the mid-eighth century, the ruling elite of the Khazars, a Turkic tribe in Eurasia, converted to Judaism. Their impetus was political, not spiritual. By embracing Judaism, the Khazars were able to maintain their independence from rival monotheistic states, the Muslim caliphate and the Christian Byzantine empire.

Governed by a version of rabbinical law, the Khazar Jewish kingdom flourished along the Volga basin until the beginning of the second millennium, at which point it dissolved, leaving behind a mystery: Did the Khazar converts to Judaism remain Jews, and, if so, what became of them?

Enter Shlomo Sand. In a new book, The Invention of the Jewish People, the Tel Aviv University professor of history argues that large numbers of Khazar Jews migrated westward into Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania, where they played a decisive role in the establishment of Eastern European Jewry. (Just like Christian Identy has always claimed. - HAC)

The implications are far-reaching: If the bulk of Eastern European Jews are the descendents of Khazars—not the ancient Israelites—then most Jews have no ancestral links to Palestine. (My emphasis. - HAC)

Put differently: If most Jews are not Semites, then what justification is there for a Jewish state in the Middle East? (What justification indeed?) By attempting to demonstrate the Khazar origins of Eastern European Jewry, Mr. Sand—a self-described post-Zionist who believes that Israel needs to shed its Jewish identity to become a democracy—aims to undermine the idea of a Jewish state.

Published in Hebrew last year, The Invention of the Jewish People was a best seller in Israel. In March, the French translation, also a best seller, received the prestigious Aujourd'hui Award, which honors the year's best nonfiction book. Past winners include such intellectual titans as Raymond Aron, Milan Kundera and George Steiner. The Invention of the Jewish People is being translated into a dozen languages. Mr. Sand is delivering lectures this month in Los Angeles, Berkeley, New York and elsewhere.

What should we make of Mr. Sand's radical revisionist history? There is reason to be very skeptical. After all, we have been here before. In 1976, Arthur Koestler published The Thirteenth Tribe, which argued that Diaspora Jews were a "pseudo-nation" bound by a system of traditional beliefs based on racial and historical premises which turn out to be illusory. The genetic influence of the Khazars on modern Jews is, he wrote, "substantial, and in all likelihood dominant."

Koestler's speculations were not novel. The connection between the Khazars and the Jews of Eastern Europe had been debated by both scholars and conspiracists (the two are not mutually exclusive) for centuries. The Thirteenth Tribe was savaged by critics, and Mr. Sand's repackaging of its central argument has not fared much better.

"A few Jews in Eastern Europe presumably came from the Khazar kingdom, but nobody can responsibly claim that most of them are the descendents of Khazars," says Israel Bartal, a professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. We simply don't know enough about the demographics of Eastern European Jews before the 13th century to make such an assertion, Mr. Bartal says, adding, "Sand has not proven anything."

According to Peter B. Golden, a (Jewish) professor of history at Rutgers University, the Khazars are likely one of a number of strains that shaped the Jewish population in Eastern Europe. But, he stresses, DNA studies have confirmed that the Middle Eastern strain is predominant.

In The Invention of the Jewish People, Mr. Sand suggests that those who attacked Koestler's book did so not because it lacked merit, but because the critics were cowards and ideologues. "No one wants to go looking under stones when venomous scorpions might be lurking beneath them, waiting to attack the self-image of the existing ethnos and its territorial ambitions."

But Koestler was himself uneasy about scorpions. The Khazar theory, he knew, was an article of faith among anti-Semites and anti-Israel Arab politicians. Just a few months before The Thirteenth Tribe was published, the Saudi Arabian delegation to the United Nations declared Zionism illegitimate because it was conceived by "non-Semitic Jews" rather than "our own Arab Jews who are the real Semites." (An Israeli ambassador, wrongly, countered that Koestler's book had been secretly subsidized by the Palestinians.)

Perhaps more disconcerting, the neo-Nazi National States Rights Party in the U.S. declared The Thirteenth Tribe to be "the political bombshell of the century" because "it destroys all claims of the present-day Jew-Khazars to any historic right to occupy Palestine." Members of Stormfront, a self-described "white nationalist" internet community, have predictably reacted to Mr. Sand's book with glee.

I recently called Mr. Sand in Paris, where he is on sabbatical, to ask if he is concerned that The Invention of the Jewish People will be exploited for pernicious ends. "I don't care if crazy anti-Semites in the United States use my book," he said in Israeli-accented English. "Anti-Semitism in the West, for the moment, is not a problem." (Yeah, well, granted, we need to work on that.)

Still, he is worried about how the forthcoming Arabic translation might be received in the Muslim world, where, he says, anti-Semitism is growing. I ask if the confident tenor of his book might exacerbate the problem. He falls quiet for a moment. "Maybe my tone was too affirmative on the question of the Khazars," he reluctantly concedes. "If I were to write it today I would be much more careful."

Such an admission, however, is unlikely to sway the sinister conspiracists who find the Khazar theory a useful invention.

—Mr. Goldstein is a staff editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Whatever the hell that is.)


http://www.northwestfront.org

6 Comments:

Anonymous Mel said...

"What justification is there for a Jewish state in the Middle East?"

Well, where do you want to put them? Sending them to Mozambique or far east Asia seems gratuitously cruel. On the other hand, many Jews would be willing to go to Israel if the heat turned up on them in the West. That's what the country is for, right? My point: anti-semites ought to be zionists, or at least in favor of Jewish nationalism.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do _we_ have to put them anywhere, Mel?!? What's it to _us_ where they end up? The Hmong people of Vietnam lost their "homeland" after our war in Vietnam, I dont see international organizations like the one ZOG uses tooling up to get it back for them. Maybe _WE_ should care about the Hmong as much as the Jews... or perhaps leave BOTH of them alone.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mel said...
"Well, where do you want to put them? Sending them to Mozambique or far east Asia seems gratuitously cruel."

"Gratuitously cruel"? After what these demons have done to the White Race for the 5,700 years that have passed since Cain's birth resulted from Satan molesting Eve, the big-shot kikes deserve to be fed feet-first into wood-chippers! The rest of them deserve to be dumped in the middle of sub-Saharn Africa after the bush niggers have been given an education in just who it was who stole their fellow cannibal chimps from Africa to use as slaves and who still uses nigger slaves in the Jew-run diamond mines of Sierra Leone! God already sentenced the Israelites whose identity the kikes stole to spending 40 years wandering the desert. Let the identity-thieves themselves spend 40 years trying to outrun pissed-off and hungry cannibal coons!

5:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm. If I were a Turk, I'd feel insulted...I believe Golden is right about this. Sure, Khazar is part of modern Jewry, but certainly not the majority..
I find it hard to believe that an entire population of subjects would retain the force-fed Jewish religion, especially when Christianity and Islam were far more dominant in the region after the Khazar Empire fell, over a thousand years ago. No, because saying most Jews today are Khazars would be saying that any etnicity would retain "jewness". I find it hard to believe that.

6:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Sure, Khazar is part of modern Jewry, but certainly not the majority..
I find it hard to believe that an entire population of subjects would retain the force-fed Jewish religion, especially when Christianity and Islam were far more dominant in the region after the Khazar Empire fell, over a thousand years ago. No, because saying most Jews today are Khazars would be saying that any etnicity would retain "jewness". I find it hard to believe that."

I've always thought of Roma Gypsies as kikes without the Yamulkes and Talmudic imperative to impersonate children of the true God. They act like kikes, pulling off swindles on anyone gullible enough to buy the worthless junk and shoddy 'work' they offer! Their "religion" (if you can call it that) is the same Phallic-worship and Black Magick superstition that the Khazars practiced before they adopted the Talmud. The evilo of the Gypsy "religion" was, I'm convinced, what has defamed the faith of Old Believers in the eyes of Christians who haven't looked deep enough into the two to spot the obvious differences. The cunning Gypsies calculated the appearance of their "religion" from the surface to accomplish exactly that, to confuse people who didn't bother looking beyond outward appearance.

--WhitePride65

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Empires country's and boarders have always been in a state of flux.
The khazars live in a part of Palestine they call Isreal now but they know their history and where they came from. They used scripture and loss of their own khazar culture and political to claim an indigenous right to lands that most of their ancestors did not farm or cultivate. In time to come boarders and countries will disappear and reappear and more cultures will be lost and the map of the world will change. There is only so much rope they can take till they hang themselves what is done is done and cannot be undone and what will be will be. From a purely pragmatic point of view they will not be in control or live in those lands forever that's just not the way it works based on history and sooner or later regardless of what you believe it will end and people will move on, global warming raising see levels what ever even nuclear holocaust if a part of the world becomes uninhabitable. What they gonna do semite or non semite find a reason to go live somewhere else. I can the indigenous right the Arctic and all its lands my people lived there before the last ice age anyone want to go to war over it joking aside maybe that will be the issue in 300 years time.

9:37 AM  

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