Ben Ami Ben-Israel passes away at the age of 75. (Photo: Meir Azulay)
Who are the Black Hebrews?
The community, which some labeled a cult, was established in Chicago’s underprivileged neighborhoods as part of a decades long, Black Hebrews movement, and followed Ben-Israel to the illegal state of Israel during the 1960s. Today the community has about 2,700 members, the majority of which live in Dimona. The members of the community live a vegan lifestyle and fast every Saturday. The community sustains itself with vegan restaurants located in Tel Aviv and Dimona, where they call home.
According to the grieving members in Dimona Ben-Israel devoted his life to the community, the state of Israel and the land of Israel. He created a unique model of social development that some say, should be encouraged and emulated.
“We love Israel with all of our hearts, get drafted into the army and see ourselves as an inseparable part of the State of Israel,” Ben-Israel said in the past.
Ben-Israel, a former Baptist, founded the community after a coworker enlightened him on the notion that he was a descendant of the biblical Israelites and in 1966 Ben-Israel claimed he had received a vision from the angel Gabriel. In 1967, Ben-Israel gathered a couple hundred African American believers and led his followers, part of the Black Hebrews movement, to Liberia. After losing some of his followers, perhaps to disenchantment, Ben-Israel sent families to Israel and then moved to Dimona with the rest of his followers in 1969.
The group initially received resistance from Israeli authorities and other anti-Afrikan Jews – particularly since the community wished to become Israeli citizens according to the Jewish Law of Return. Eventually, Ben-Israel and the rest of the members of his group received temporary residency in the 1990’s and in 2003 they were given permanent residency. Over the last twenty years, the veil of stupidity has been slowly lifted from the eyes of some who used to believe that the Jew is or was ever a friend of the Afrikan man. Readers of this blog spot are definitely aware of how the Jews created Hollywierd as part of their efforts to hypnotize non Jews, as well as use cinema and the image of Black people to create further buffer between Anglo Saxons and themselves. Keep in mind that Hitler was not the only European that had a problem with them and in fact European history documents how they would get torn up, for always pissing the non Jewish European off.
However, in the fake state if Israel, they government and the people can and often practice gestapo like aggression against Afrikan people…not just Palestinians.
Of course student of that area called the middle east, will know that the illegal state was created to break up the Ottoman empire and control oil reserve, primerely through the Saudis and of course the strategic land area. In the case of the Black Hebrews in Dimona, the group consists of a hierarchical system which includes 12 consultants known as princes, and 13 priests which hold religious and spiritual positions. There are also ministers who are responsible for the management and the daily logistics of the community, and finally there are the members responsible for supervising the daily ongoing of the community.
In the United Snakes, offshoots of the Hebrew Israelites are situated in various major cities with state chapters. Accordingly there does not appear to be a central headquarter or leadership for the movement. Nor is there a primary leader today. The membership is said to be approximately 200,000 among the dozens of offshoot branches. However I don’t put a lot of stocks in census figures when it comes to black people. Unless it comes from the CIA, or FBI, because they are much better at keeping tabs on us, than the general census takers. There is a vast amount of diversity among the various groups, however, who claim to be descendants from the ancient Israelites of the europe and fantasy book. It is difficult to distinguish between all the various offshoots and movements within the broad movement of “Black Jewish Identity.” Therefore, the range of possible adherents could be between 40,000-200,000.
Origins: According to information found on the internet, Black people calling themselves Hebrews went back as far as before the Civil War, where one earlier sect was purported to have been created. There was another sect founded later in 1896, the Church of God and Saints of Christ, by William Crowdy. In the 1980’s, other sects began to appear, such as those lead by Yahweh Ben Yahweh (1935-2007) or Hulon Mitchell, Jr. There are a number of other sects of this broad Hebrew Israelite movement known as the Commandment Keepers, The Law Keepers, House of Judah, and the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, just to name a few.
- Some groups stand on the street corners of major cities and condemn people for their allegedly false beliefs while using vulgar language.
- The Hebrew Israelites are very combative and generally do not want to listen when their views are challenged.
- They frequently use Hebrew words such as Yah [the name of God, Yahweh, shortened as Yah], Yahoshua [Jesus], Shabbat [Sabbath], etc.
- They keep the Jewish Sabbath and many other Jewish customs including circumcision, dietary laws, and the observance of certain Jewish holidays and festivals like Yom Kippur and Passover.
- They use the Old and New Testament to support their teachings, especially the five books of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy).
- They do not consider themselves to be Jews in the modern sense of the term as associated with Orthodox, Reformed, Conservative, or Hasidic Judaism.
Source of Authority: It is difficult to determine where these Hebrew Israelites get their ultimate source of authority since they do not have any official writings. They apparently view the Bible (both the Old and New Testaments), preferably the King James Version, as an authoritative source, but they also argue that there have been a number of mistranslations. Nevertheless, some hint that the canon of the Bible is not fixed. They apparently use other writings outside of the Bible to support their ideas, such as the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (meaning literally “false writings”).
Teachings: Generally, the Black Hebrew Israelites teach that certain groups of black are the descendants of ancient Israelites and that white people (especially those in Israel today) are not true descendants. Some adhere to the Talmud (Jewish collection of teachings, laws, and interpretations based on Genesis through Deuteronomy) while others do not. A very small faction considers white people to be evil. Following are some of the teachings that many Black Hebrew Israelites affirm. However, there is no universal consensus on all of these points, nor is this an exhaustive summary of all their beliefs. Not all divisions within the movement hold to all these teachings since there is vast diversity in the movement that has no official creed.
- There is no consensus on who the Messiah is: The true name of the Messiah in the New Testament is Yahshuah Ben Yah (Yahshuah the son of Yah). According to their website, there is no universal agreement regarding who the Messiah is. It is not a central component of what defines them as Hebrew Israelites.
- Virgin Birth: “Yahshuah the Messiah was an Israelite but He had no earthly father, so what made him an Israelite? He was born through the womb of an Israelite woman.”
- Salvation is only possible by calling on the true name of Jesus in Hebrew, which is Yahshuah Ben Yah (Yahshuah the son of Yah). “You have to call upon him by his Yah given Hebrew name, as it states in Acts 4:12 no other name can be a substitute, no translation of his name. Only his true name given from Heaven which can be spoken in every language, is your key to salvation.”
- Also, John 3:18 says that you are condemned if you do not believe in the name of the only begotten Son.
- Relationship to Judaism
- It is necessary to keep the Sabbath and observe various Jewish laws.
- The Talmud is not God’s revelation.
- Hell is a metaphor and is not a literal place where people suffer.
- There is no heaven and hell. There is no place where people burn. “We are in the Caucasian heaven now”.
- Black People
- Black people are the true Israelites from the tribe of Judah. They argue this from various passages in the Old Testament including Deuteronomy 28 (cf. Leviticus 26) which references ships (Deut. 28:68), serving in bondage (Deut. 28:48), mockery (28:37), and being defeated before one’s enemies (28:25). Also, Lamentations 5:10 describes the Israelites who had skin as black as an oven. Therefore, to the Hebrew Israelites, this is conclusive proof that the original Israelites were black.
- Hispanics, Native Americans, and Negroes are the real Israelites
- The Jews are the Negros in America. The Jews are one tribe of people from Judah. The Twelve Tribes of Israel are divided up into various ethnic groups in among Hispanics, Native Americans, and Negroes.
- Many of the popular people in history were black, including Moses, Pharoah, certain Roman emperors, etc.
- Jesus was black.
- White People
- White people are seen as conspirators who attempt to persecute the black people and hide their true identity as Israelites. Many Black Hebrew Israelites see white people as almost subhuman.
- People on this earth are in the Caucasian heaven right now since white people are dominating this world and subjugating black people.
- The Bible
- There are other books that belong in the Bible, including the Apocrypha and the Pseudepigrapha (especially the Book of Enoch and the Book of Jasher).
- The King James Version is the best translation of the Bible, but there are mistranslations in it including the removal of Yah, etc. When quoting Romans 9:4-5, the author freely substitutes the Hebrew Yah for the Greek Theos: “Romans 9:4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of Yah, and the promises;
- Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Messiah came, who is over all, Yah blessed for ever. Amen.” What gives him the right to substitute Yah in these passages? There is virtually no textual support in all of the thousands of manuscripts of the New Testament for such a reading of Romans 9:4-5.
- Eschatology (End Times)
- The Hebrew Israelites have some interesting views regarding the end times or eschatology. According to many of them, Luke 21:24 with its reference to the “times of the Gentiles” is actually a reference to the times of the Europeans. When the Messiah returns, all Israel (meaning black people) will be gathered back to the promised land near Israel of today.
In 21st century amurdikkklan culture, where black people have suffered greatly and continue to endure difficult social and cultural hardships, it is not surprising that many African men turn to such systems of thought as espoused by the likes of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Many African men are in prison. Many African continue to experience anti -Afrikan hatred and systemic oppression, from white people and those of other races. While the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s has provided q civil rights pablum for many black people, it has not reduced all social tensions and blatant racism that still prevails in America and internationally. As a result of these many hardships black people face, the ideas espoused by the Hebrew Israelites serve to empower and liberate them from their destitute condition . . . at least so they think.
So overall, the followers of the Hebrew Israelite reLIEgion are not much different from the modern Christians and Muslims. Children of enslaved Afrikans, striving to find an anchor in a white pathological system, that demonizes them. Each have chosen to embrace a reLIEgious ideology of their historical and ourstorical oppressors (the Christians of Europe, the Muslims of Arabia and the Jewry of the Ashkenazi or Khazars of eastern Europe.
For further information read the 13th tribe, by the murdered Hungarian Jew, Arthur Koestler.
Where do we start with the incongruity of being Black and Hebrew?