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'Lost tribe' of Israel Faces Summer Evac
WND ^ | July 5, 2005 | Aaron Klein

Posted on 07/05/2005 6:12:42 AM PDT by Esther Ruth

FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU 'Lost tribe' of Israel faces summer evac Group believing it descended from Joseph among those targeted for ouster in August

Posted: July 5, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Aaron Klein © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com

NEVE DEKALIM, Gaza -- They claim to have been forcibly exiled from Israel 2,700 years ago. Following intense lobbying, hundreds recently arrived in the Jewish state from India to settle in what they believe to be their homeland. Now residing in the Jewish communities of Gaza, the group is once again facing exile, this time at the hands of the Israeli government. Meet the "Lost Tribe of Menashe."

"It has been a long journey for all of us. This is our land. Jewish land. Now they want to kick us out and we will be forced from our homes and our lives once again," said Shimon Kolney, a resident of Gush Katif, the slate of Gaza's Jewish communities scheduled for evacuation Aug. 15 as part of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's withdrawal plan.

Kolney is also a member of the "B'nei Menashe," a tribe from India who believe they are the lost descendants of Manasseh, one of biblical patriarch Joseph's two sons, and a grandson of Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel.

According to B'nei Menashe oral tradition, the tribe was exiled from Israel and enslaved by the Assyrians 2,700 years ago. They later escaped to the east, eventually settling in the border regions of China and India, where most remain today.

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TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; history; losttribes; menashe; simchajacobovici; tenlosttribes
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In the 1950s, Konley's father, Tchelah, the chief of an Indian village, said he had a vision, which he shared with his people, that his community was the lost tribe of Menashe. Most in his town had customs very similar to Jewish tradition, but they couldn't explain why. He told his villagers to return at once to Israel and embrace the Jewish faith.

Several thousand of Tchelah's followers set out on foot to Israel, but were quickly halted by Indian authorities.

Undeterred, many in the village started learning Jewish tradition, and began practicing Orthodox Judaism.

Over the last decade, with the help of Shavei Israel, an organization founded to bring the B'nei Menashe to Israel, the first batch of the tribe arrived in the Jewish state, settling in Gush Katif.

"We came here because of the beauty of Gush Katif, and because there was work for us in local greenhouses. We could sustain ourselves here, so we built a community," explained Allenby Sellah, one of the first B'nei Menashe members to immigrate.

There are now about 800 tribe members in Israel, 60 of whom reside in Gush Katif. The remainder settled in Jerusalem and several West Bank towns.

On March 30, Israel's Sephardic Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Amar, formally recognized the B'nei Menashe as "descendants of Israel," and is planning to send a rabbinical court to India to oversee the conversion of the remaining members of the community. Even though B'nei Menashe believe they are Jewish by birth, the tribe members must undergo traditional Jewish conversion to satisfy Israel's immigration laws.

Here in Gush Katif, B'nei Menashe members lead full Orthodox Jewish lives, studying the Torah regularly, praying three times per day, observing the Sabbath and keeping strict kosher laws.

Most work in greenhouses as supervisors and laborers.

Gaza features thousands of Jewish-owned greenhouses, which provide Israel with nearly 70 percent of its produce and feature some of the most advanced agricultural technology in the world, including high-tech temperature regulation and insect-free produce.

The B'nei Menashe here live in a cluster of apartments and houses in Neve Dekalim, a large Katif community. They have mostly integrated with the rest of the local Jewish population.

"We go to synagogues with everyone else. Our children go to the same Jewish schools as everyone else. We're treated just like brothers and sisters. It's a beautiful way of life," said Sellah, who lives here with his wife.

But after 10 years in Gush Katif and a journey of nearly 3,000 years to arrive here, the tribe is now slated to be expelled next month with the rest of Gaza's Jewish population.

"It is very painful," said Kolney. "My father envisioned us returning to our homeland. Of all the things we were expecting once we got to Israel, the one thing we could never imagine was to settle down only to be expelled again."

Michael Freund, Shavei Israel founder and chairman, told WND, "The B'nei Menashe have already gone through so much to return to the land and people of Israel, that it is simply unthinkable that the Israeli government would now consider throwing them out of their homes."

Like most Katif residents, Kolney and Sellah said they made no plans to move elsewhere.

"We have faith in God. Whatever is meant to be will be. But I don't believe the evacuation will take place. I hope it won't," said Sellah.

They say recent events have hit the B'nei Menashe here hard.

Hamas now fires an average of three rockets or mortars per day at Gaza's Jewish communities. As the August evacuation draws closer, the rocket attacks are expected to increase exponentially so Palestinian terror groups can claim to their supporters they drove Israel from Gaza, security analysts contend.

Critics worry the Gaza evacuation will be seen as a reward for Palestinian terrorism and argue territories evacuated by Israel will be used by Hamas to stage attacks against the Jewish state.

"It's not easy now with all the rockets and mortars," said Daniel Hmar, 68, a resident of Neve Dekalim for 6 years.

One B'nei Menashe member, Donald Benyamin, 26, was hit in December by a mortar.

"I was in my room, typing on my computer, when a mortar burst through the roof and landed right next to me," recalls Benyamin. "I was knocked unconscious and spent four months in the hospital with pretty bad wounds, but now I am all right."

Benyamin suffered mostly flesh wounds and returned home in May. He now has a few scars, but has made a complete recovery.

"It was a total miracle," said Benyamin of his recovery.

When asked if the experience has made him bitter about living in Gaza, Benyamin replied, "Not at all. This is my home."

The Gaza withdrawal plan has also affected some B'nei Menashe financially. Benyamin's uncle, Sharon Benyamin, 42, owns greenhouses and says his business is going downhill.

"I am losing a fortune because of the evacuation. I can't afford to put the money down this year to plant all the vegetables if we're going to be uprooted from our homes in August."

Benyamin says he only planted chives this season, and not his usual array of fruits and vegetables, including cucumbers and tomatoes, which take longer to harvest.

According to community leaders, most Katif greenhouse owners this season planted their usual quotas of produce.

"I planted it all," said Anita Baker, one of the pioneer farmers of Gush Katif. "I'm not going anywhere. This is Jewish land and it will always be Jewish land. There have been so many plans to give up Gaza, but they never go through."

Unlike most others, Benyamin says he is making plans for the evacuation. "We're still in the process of working out the logistics. I'll have a place to go. You have to think practically. I hope it doesn't happen, but I have a family. I need to prepare for the worst."

Editor's note: "ISRAEL BETRAYED?" – the July issue of WND's acclaimed monthly Whistleblower magazine – is devoted entirely to an in-depth exploration of the controversial forced removal of thousands of Jewish residents from Gaza planned for August, and the likely creation of a Hamas-run terror state many believe will follow. Read more about "ISRAEL BETRAYED?"

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Aaron Klein is WorldNetDaily's Jerusalem bureau chief, whose past interview subjects have included Yasser Arafat, Ehud Barak, Shlomo Ben Ami and leaders of the Taliban.

1 posted on 07/05/2005 6:12:43 AM PDT by Esther Ruth
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To: Esther Ruth

1 Chronicles 21:1 "And Satan stood up against Israel..."


2 posted on 07/05/2005 6:15:17 AM PDT by Esther Ruth (Gen 12:3 I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee...)
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To: Esther Ruth

So are these the same guys who are always yelling at people as they exit the Subway in Times Square?


3 posted on 07/05/2005 6:21:21 AM PDT by gridlock (ELIMINATE PERVERSE INCENTIVES!!)
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To: gridlock
These are God's Chosen who where spoken of in Ezekiel 36:24

Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Jeremiah 16:15 As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of the north and from all the countries where He had banished them. For I will restore them to their own land which I gave to their fathers.
4 posted on 07/05/2005 6:30:56 AM PDT by Esther Ruth (Gen 12:3 I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee...)
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As the August evacuation draws closer, the rocket attacks are expected to increase exponentially

"Exponentially"? I don't think that word means what you think it means.

5 posted on 07/05/2005 8:00:35 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Have you visited http://c-pol.blogspot.com?)
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6 posted on 07/05/2005 8:09:08 AM PDT by SJackson (Israel should know if you push people too hard they will explode in your faces, Abed. palestinian)
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A Jovial Cad; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; adam_az; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; ...
In biblical times, the tribe of Menashe lived on the East Bank. They should claim a "right of return" to Jordan.

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7 posted on 07/05/2005 8:43:55 AM PDT by Alouette (The only thing learned from history is that nobody ever learns from history.)
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To: Esther Ruth

"Critics worry the Gaza evacuation will be seen as a reward for Palestinian terrorism and argue territories evacuated by Israel will be used by Hamas to stage attacks against the Jewish state."

It is a reward for every rock thrown, every lie told, every lie repeated.

As we are speaking of lost tribes, has everyone seen "Quest for the Lost Tribes" by Simcha Jacobovici (sp? - not sure) He does a marvelous piece on the Menashe as well as his search for the others. Some if it is breathtaking. There is an especially poignant part at the end where one of the Menache is wearing his IDF uniform and praying at the Wall. Discovery Channel in Canada airs it once in a while.


8 posted on 07/05/2005 8:50:33 AM PDT by timsbella
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To: Alouette

Until Israel, and for that matter, the United States, fights "chaya with chaya" there will be many troubles. Terrorists should be planted like onions, with their heads in the ground!


9 posted on 07/05/2005 9:37:15 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

From 3 a day to 27 a day.... that's exponential, no?


10 posted on 07/05/2005 10:15:06 AM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: gridlock

LOL!


11 posted on 07/05/2005 10:15:56 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: sheik yerbouty
" Terrorists should be planted like onions, with their heads in the ground!"

Plus all of their teeth should fall out except one, and that should remain for a toothache. Beets should grow in their stomachs and they should p**s borscht.
12 posted on 07/05/2005 10:35:27 AM PDT by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: Esther Ruth

Isa 11:12 And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
Jer 31:7 For thus saith the LORD; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O LORD, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
Jer 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
Jer 31:9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.


13 posted on 07/05/2005 10:48:46 AM PDT by patriot_wes (papal infallibility - a proud tradition since 1869)
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To: Alouette; All

OH REALLY

I got better idea get this tribe ask UN let them move to Jordan see how Jordians feel about it OHHHH

I am so bad today


14 posted on 07/05/2005 11:08:05 AM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: monkeyshine
I guess I was imagining more of a compounding increase (e.g. number squared in one month, then squared again the next month, etc.). The way you describe it makes sense.
15 posted on 07/05/2005 11:48:51 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Have you visited http://c-pol.blogspot.com?)
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To: Alouette

Heh, heh, heh! I like that idea.

:-)


16 posted on 07/05/2005 2:36:00 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Raaargh! Raaargh! Crush, Stomp!)
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17 posted on 09/29/2005 9:30:28 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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18 posted on 09/29/2005 9:39:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Down with Dhimmicrats! I last updated by FR profile on Sunday, August 14, 2005.)
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