"And less than half the Jews in Israel are Ashkenazi.. Juadaism is a religion, it accepts and embraces converts. Israel has immigrated thousands of Somali Black African Jews and others from around the world. Ashkenazi Jews are just one subsection, like Irish Catholics."We're talking about European Jewry. After Sephardic Jews were expelled from Spain, Ashkenazi became a predominant European Jewish group and constitute about 80% of the Jews worldwide. Until the mid-late 19th century and early 20th century they lived apart from and virtually did not intermarry with the ethnic populations of nations where they lived. Converts were few and a superminority. In the medieval times in some communities it was found out that a Christian converted to Judaism, it was punishable by death and the entire Jewish community would face persecution. Judaism accepts, but does not seek, solicit or encourage converts.
I'm not sure what youre talking about. Before 1100 AD 97 % of Jews were not Ashkenazi, and today over half of Jews in Israel are either Sephardic or mixed (a majority of imigrants to Israel came from the mid east or elsewhere).
The fact that most of the Jews originating in Europe have similar gene content is no surprise given that they lived in ghettos for centuries (possibly originating before that from the Caucususes) This is similar in circumstance to the Finnish and the gypsies and the Basque, gene-wise
This doesent make German Jews less "German", and it doesent mean being Jewish means people having the same "blood". Thats just absurd.