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This Week's Guest Is:
Shalomim Halahawi is a
Natural Healer, Educator
and Herbalist, a researcher
and Student of Oriental
and Naturapathic Medicine.
He is a Reseacher and fan
of biblical Archaeology.
Kohan is a Hebrew word
meaning "Levite" which
Dr. Kohan Slalomin
Halawawi, descendant of
Cherokee Indians and
Hebrew Priests from
Palestine before it was "Israel",
is the Spiritual Leader of
Ha' Yisrayli Torah Brith Yahad,
the Israelite Torah Covenant
Community in the United States,
and is closely associated with
similar Hebrew communities
in Israel and many other
Chances are, everything
you were ever taught about
the Children of Israel, the
"Hebrews" IS WRONG!
In this interview you will
learn the shocking truth
about the Hebrews and their
& WITCC Radio
Dr. Kohan Shalomim Halhawi
In 1969-70 several hundred dark-skinned Israelites
from the United States - after spending 2 1/2 years
in Liberia to purify themselves - arrived in Israel and claimed
Israeli citizenship under the original "Law of Return" which at that time
only required that one claim to be of Israelite extraction - and
not requiring conversion to Orthodox Judaism or that one's mother was
When word of their arrival got out of the airport, there was jubilation in
the streets - because the "True Israelites" had returned, as had been
But the people of Israel were overwhelmingly Ashkenazi Jews -- european peoples
of Gentile stock who had converted to Judaism only a few hundred years previous,
and were predominantly light-skinned.
The government of Israel was somehow put off by these people, so
they put these 200 into an apartment complex designed for 20 families - next
to a garbage dump in Demona, by a Nuclear Plant. Some of these people left,
but most stayed, and literally turned the dump into a paradise.
Today, these True Israelites are no longer ignored and resented by the Israeli
governent, and ae sought after for theor advice - and well funded by
grants from American sources.
And the Egyptian Arabs - many of them dark-skinned - took notice,
because they had some years before announced their vehement disbelief
of the claims of the post WW2 occupants of Palestine, because they had the
cultural memory that the "Children of Israel" were dark
skinned when they left anciently and having been carried away into
slavery - but were light skinned when they returned afer World War Two!
Kohan Shalomim Halahawi, whose relatives on his father's side were also of
Cherokee blood because his Grandfather Josef came to the United States and
married a Cherokee Indian. His relatives on his mother's side are also Cherokee
descendants. He has great respect and love for the Cherokee culture
also - and the striking similarites between ancient Cherokee beliefs, dress,
burial practices, and language and those things correspondingly of the Anciently
of the Hebrews are certainly not lost on him!
He is a graduate of the Rabbinical schools in Jerusalem. He is an internationally
known speaker for the cause of non-Jewish Hebrews. He is the spiritual leader
of The Israelite Torah Covenant Community, a Restoration Israelite
Ministry - a group of dark-skinned Israelites here in the United States
- closely associated relatives of their brothers and sisters in
Unless Blueotter misses his guess, Kohan will make more sense out of the
Hebrew scriptures than anyone you have ever heard!
He will certainly convince you that the well known stereotype of "the Jew"
has little to do with the attitudes of "The Israelite."
Read More on his website while
you listen to the interview.
THE BLACK HEBREWS OF DEMONA
It is not necessary to retrace all the steps that led Ben Ami-Carter and
his followers to claim themselves as heirs to the land of historical Israel.
The popular media has exhausted that topic since their arrival in Demona.
It would be grossly unfair not to examine their resilience for the past 15
years. They started coming to Israel from the United States in the mid 70's
and upon their arrival, they destroyed their documents of identification.
After nearly two decades, they still haven't been granted a status by the
Israeli government (This
changed in August of 2003
- they were granted reidency). The United States is steadfast in its'
decision not to allow them to return there. Today the commune and the Israeli
authorities remain embroiled in the conflict that deals with their lack of
status and documentation. They have managed to survive by opening several
vegetarian restaurants. The Black Hebrews have also organized a gospel group,
and jazz and reggae bands that tour the country, bringing in additional revenue.
There is also a garment and jewelry factory located within the commune.
Also see these articles
Interview: Ben Ammi Ben-Israel discusses the African Hebrew Israelites of
Ben Ammi Arrives from Israel with a Message of Deliverance...
Black Hebrews to represent Israel in song contest despitecontradiction.
Kingdom in search of a home
Transplanted Black Hebrew leader mulls bid for Israeli office.(WORLD)
visit Ben Ammi Ben Israel's
Also listen to the National Public Radio story
"Ben Ammi Ben-Israel Tours America
The very words cause many people to grin at what appears to be simply a play
on words. No one reads about such people in european authored history books
and there are only a few references to "Ethiopian Jews" in white Jewish sources.
Yet Black Hebrews have existed since biblical times. In fact, they are the
original or proto-typical Hebrews.
Their story begins with the Patriarch Abraham (2117-1942 B.C.), a native
of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia. Archaeological discoveries
have proven that the earliest inhabitants of southern Mesopotamia were members
of the "Brown Race," i.e., the Negroid branch of humanity.
It has been confirmed that the ancient Sumerians were akin to the modern
Black Dravidians of India. The Sumerians also had an affinity with a people
known as the Elamites, the very first Semitic group mentioned in the Bible
(Gen. 10:22). The Elamites were a black-skinned and woolly-haired people
as the colorful glazed artwork on the royal palace walls of the ancient Persian
city of Susa clearly show.Thus Abraham, the native of Sumerian and the founding
father of the Israelite nation, was a black man. The black racial origins
of the Patriarchs is not based on mere conjecture, it is in complete agreement
with the picture one gets from examining the identity of the earliest inhabitants
of southern Mesopotamia.
This truth is grossly neglected, suppressed, and distorted in most European
and American historical texts which are flavored with race prejudice.
Fortunately, however, there are enough well authored and highly researched
works by Black historians that challenge the Eurocentric revisions of history
and correct the various erroneous views regarding the ethnic identity of
Biblical history relates that the descendants of Abraham, namely Jacob (Israel)
and his twelve sons and their wives, 70 in all, migrated from Canaan to Egypt
around the year 1827 B.C. During their sojourn in Egypt the Children of Israel
multiplied from being a family of 70 souls to a nation of over 3 million
people at the time of the Exodus which took place in 1612 B.C.
This astounding number of people in so short a time can only be adequately
explained by intermarriage between the family of Jacob and the native Egyptian
populace. It is an established fact that the ancient Egyptians were a black
African people. Thus, even if the Hebrews were not black before they arrived
in Egypt, which is unlikely given Abraham's background, they were definitely
black by the time they left Egypt under Moses
The biblical Hebrews were indistinguishable from native Egyptians and Ethiopians.
The Bible is full of examples which demonstrates this, and even ancient secular
historians remarked of the physical appearances of the Hebrews. The historian
Tacitus, for example, stated that it was a common opinion among the Romans
that the Jews "were an Ethiopian race." In Roman times PalestinianIsraelites
were classed among Black Africans because it was almost impossible to tell
Hence, the Eurocentric notion of the Black Hebrew as a kind of
Johnnie-come-lately in Hebraic history does not accord with the facts. On
the contrary, the historical record is abundantly clear that the majority
of white European Jewry are not Hebrews in the biological sense but are actually
the descendants of converts to Judaism during Greco-Roman and Mediaeval times.
Professor Roland B. Dixon states emphatically that: "The great majority of
all Jews [Ashkenazi] to-day are 'Semites' only in speech, and their true
ancestry goes back not so much to Palestine and Arabia as to the uplands
of Anatolia and Armenia, the Caucasus and the steppes of Central Asia, and
their nearest relatives are still to be found in these areas to-day" (Racial
History Of Man, p. 175).
Caucasian Jews are not the lineal descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Nor do they constitute a separate race but rather a religious fraternity
which adheres to the ethnic tradition of a people whose origins are inextricably
linked to Black Africa.
But if the original Hebrews were black where are their descendants in the
world today? Are all black people Hebrews? The answer to the latter question
is obviously no. The Israelites were only one of several black people existing
in ancient the ancient world. Nevertheless, it is certain that the ancient
Hebrews customs and practices who's legacy orginated in Africa, were adopted
by that of white Jews in Europe. Very little is heard about the hundreds
of thousands of Black Hebrews living in various parts of the world such as
Africa, Asia, India, Arabia, the Caribbean islands, South America, and North
The history of Black Hebrews in North America is perhaps one of the most
important chapters in US history which has yet to be fully written. The ancestors
of African Americans came from West Africa during the era of slavery. That
particular region of Africa was once home to a number of Black Hebrew tribes
that migrated from North and East Africa over many centuries. In speaking
of these migrations, Dr. Yoseph A. A. ben-Yochannan writes that: "In North
Africa, just before the period of Christianity's legal entry into Rome -
due to Constantine "the Great" conversion in the 4th century - there were
many Hebrew (Jewish) 'tribes' that are of indigenous African (the so-called
These African Jews, as all other Romanized-African of this era, were caught
in a rebellion in Cyrene (Cyrenaica) during 115 C.E. against Roman imperialism
and colonialism. This rebellion also marked the beginning of a mass Jewish
migration southward into Soudan (Sudan or West Africa) along the way of the
city Aer (Air) and into the countries of Futa Jalon and Senegal (Sene-Gambia)
which lie below the parabolic curve of the Niger River's most northern reaches,
where the City of Tumbut (Timbuktu, Timbuctoo, etc.), Melle (Mali) presently
stands." ("African Origins of the Major Western Religions," 1970, p. 76).
Dr. Ben goes on to relate that Black Israelite immigrants from northern and
eastern Africa merged with indigenous groups in western Africa to become
the Fulani of Futa Jalon, Bornu, Kamen, and Lake Chad. They also formed the
parent-stock of groups such as the Ashanti, the Hausa, the B'nai Ephraim
(mentioned in earlier posts), and the Bavumbu (Mavumbu or Ma-yomba). All
of these groups suffered tremendous population decreases during the years
the Atlantic slave trade was in operation, others were completely eliminated.
Thus, every so-called African American has Israelite ancestry in their family
tree whether he or she knows it or not. Even in the very crucible of slavery
the descendants of West African Hebrew captives in America struggled to keep
their heritages from being obliterated by forced assimilation and acculturation.
Their distinctive traditions became submerged in Christianity but always
remained a part of the oral tradition via the so-called Negro Spirituals
which praise the memory of ancestors and kinsmen like Moses, David, Joshua,
Since the African-American conviction of having Israelite ancestry antedates
the Civil War it is not surprising that the earliest Black Hebrew congregation
to be established in North America was founded in the 1880s in Chattanooga,
Tennessee by F. S. Cherry (the group later moved to Philadelphia). Cherry
was a railroad worker and seaman who was fluent in both Yiddish and Hebrew.
He adamantly preached that so-called American Negroes are really the lost
sheep of the House of Israel whose true legacy was stolen from them during
slavery. He urged his hearers to investigate their history in order to rediscover
this truth and reclaim their heritage.
In 1896, a man by the name of William S. Crowdy established another Hebrew
congregation in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1899, Leon Richlieu established the
Moorish Zionist Temple in Brooklyn. To date there are literally hundreds
of uncharted Black Hebrew congregations in North America. They do not exist
because of an aversion for mainstream American Protestantism or an attraction
to white Jewish culture. As stated earlier, Black Hebrews have always been
in the world; and they repudiate the notion that they are usurpers of the
heritage of white Jews.
The great proliferation of Black Hebrew groups occurred after World War I
during the Great Migration of Blacks from rural areas in the South to urban
centers in the North. There were at least nine Black Hebrew congregations
in New York in the early 1900s, one of which was founded by a West Indian
named Arnold Josiah Ford called "Beth B'nai Abraham Congregation." In 1918,
another West Indian born Israelite named Wentworth Arthur Matthews founded
the "Commandment Keepers," and emerged as one of the leading Black Israelite
rabbis in Harlem. Born in 1892 of African Hebraic parentage in Lagos, West
Africa, Matthews moved with his family to St. Kitts in the West Indies before
coming to America in 1911.
Branches of the "Commandment Keepers" exist in many American cities such
as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia,
and New Jersey. In 1965, the "House of Judah" was founded by William Lewis
in Wetumpka, Alabama. The group later purchased a twenty-acre tract near
Grand Junction, Michigan where they practice a communal life-style. Black
Hebrews feel that by reclaiming their Israelite identity they have also recovered
an important part of their ancestral heritage. They hold to the conviction
that their "Hebrewness" is directly traceable to their African forebears
of Israelite extraction who were brought to this country during slavery.
They are cognizant and proud of their non-Hebrew African heritages but like
many other people with mixed backgrounds they opt to give certain of their
forebears a more pronounced place in their identity.
Black Israelite groups in America are decentralized and varied in ideology.Unlike
white Orthodox Jews, Black Hebrews reject the Talmud, a collection of
commentaries, as being on a par with the Bible and so they do not conform
to rabbinical judgments which emphasize the need of conversion to Talmudism
in order to be considered "truly" Jewish.
Since the Bible recognizes patrilineal as well as matrilineal descent, Black
Hebrews (like Reform Jews) do not place any special significance on having
a "Jewish" mother as do Orthodox Jews. Another major reason why the Talmud
is rejected is due to its role in creating the so-called Hamitic Myth which
is the doctrine that teaches that all black-skinned people are the cursed
descendants of Ham in the Bible.
It was the promulgation of this erroneous myth, passing under the guise of
"Jewish" talmudic scholarship, which provided the moral pretext for European
slavery of Africans. The Talmud was not the product of ethnic Hebrews but
of proselytized Babylonian sages who worked on editing it from the 3rd to
in the 6th century A.D. It should not be used as the litmus test on Hebrew
identity, particularly since it was of men who were clearly prejudice of
Blacks, Israelites or otherwise.
A major dilemma facing many Black Hebrews who wish to settle in Israel has
to do with the Talmud and the fact that conversion is a mandatory prerequisite
for gaining Israeli citizenship. The Black Jews from Ethiopian were not allowed
to immigrate to Israel until they agreed to undergo a ceremonial conversion
to white Judaism (which was tantamount to a denial of their own Hebrewness)
and embrace the Talmud. However, many Ethiopian Jews, particular in the aftermath
of the recent blood scandal in Israel, are seriously rethinking their decision
to adopt the Talmud because it has not given them equal status with other
Ethiopians Jews occupy the bottom rung of Israeli society today because they
are black and are not considered "true" Hebrews because of their blackness.
American Black Hebrews wanting to join their Ethiopian brethren feel that
the Israeli Law of Return is unjust because it forces recognition of a racist
text (the Talmud) in order to be considered eligible for citizenship It is
truly ironic that the descendants of the original Hebrews are not considered
to be Hebrews even in their own land because they happen to look like their
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