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Till Kingdom Come

Northeast emigre Jews are having to prove their credentials in Israel

Till Kingdom Come Till Kingdom Come

Who Are The Bnei Menashe?

  • Mizos and Manipuris claim they are descended from the ancient and “lost” Manasseh tribe of Israel
  • Some 1,700 have migrated to Israel, another 7,000 are waiting to join them
  • One of Israel’s top rabbis ruled that they may “return” only after conversion to a most orthodox stream of Judaism
  • Their return has been controversial in Israel, especially as many have been settled in the ‘occupied’ West Bank


“If there is a need to live in the occupied territories, we will do it,” declares Rabbi Yehuda Gin  Vaiphei. He lives in Kiryat Arba, a volatile illegal settlement near Hebron on the West Bank, whose residents routinely clash with Palestinians. “World opinion,” he tells Outlook, “changes with human cycles but the truth of the Bible remains. The Palestinians say they belong here but I also belong here. Where was the Palestinian nation for 2000 years? Israel did not invade her.”

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