” Some of the Berbers followed the Jewish religion, which they received from their powerful neighbors of Syria. Among the Jewish Berbers were the Djeraoua, inhabitants of Aures, the tribe of Kahina, who were killed by Arabs in their early conquest ”
- Ibn Khaldun, History of the Berbers, 1396
” It is even possible that my ancestry might not move in the direction of ancient Israel at all … After 965, the Khazars were through as an organized power, but Judaism may have remained, and it may well be that many East European Jews are descended from Khazars and the people they ruled. I may be on of them. Who knows? And who cares?
– Isaac Asimov, It’s Been a Good Life, 2002
Source: The Invention of the Jewish People, by Shlomo Sand, page 190
” The local population in Palestine is racially more closely related to the Jews than to any other people, even among the Semitic ones. It is quite probable that the fellahin in Palestine are direct descendants of the Jewish and Canaanite rural population, with a slight admixture of Arab blood. For it is know that the Arabs, being proud conquerors, mingled very little with the populations in the countries they conquered … All the tourists and travelers confirm that, except for the Arabic language, it is impossible to distinguish between a Sephardic porter and an Arab laborer or fellah … Hence the racial difference between the diaspora Jews and the Palestinian fellahin is no more marked than between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. ”
Source: The Invention of the Jewish People, by Shlomo Sand, page 184
in other words: The Palestinians are local people who converted from Judaism to Islam (partly to avoid taxes) – according to the same Book.
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