Once Aryan Skynet Goes Live It Doesn't Matter Who Pulled The Switch
Look Homeward, Ashkenazi.
A cherished rallying cry among the more gullible and intellectually undiscriminating white nationalists and anti-Zionists is the claim that the Jews of today are not the authentic descendants of the Israelites of the Bible. The Ashkenazim, this story goes, are actually Khazars, a Turkic people of Central Asia who are supposed to have been converted to Judaism by their king. Scholarly antecedents of the theory, which took off in the early twentieth century, can be found in nineteenth century works; but the idea that today’s Ashkenazim are actually these Khazars was popularized by anti-Zionist Jew and Christian convert Benjamin Freedman, whose 1961 speech on this subject has received tens of thousands of hits on YouTube.
Benjamin Freedman, Grand Old Man of Anti-Khazarism
Another authority frequently cited in defense of the Khazar theory is Arthur Koestler, whose 1976 book The Thirteenth Tribe attempts to furnish the legend with a respectable academic veneer. The trouble with this is that Koestler himself has discredited his scholarship by revealing his ulterior motive for writing the book. “Should this theory be confirmed, the term ‘anti-Semitism’ would become void of meaning,” Koestler admitted. Biographer Michael Scammell explains that Koestler “was convinced that if he could prove that the bulk of Eastern European Jews were descended from the Khazars, the racial basis for anti-Semitism would be removed and anti-Semitism itself could disappear.”
More recently, historian Shlomo Sand threw his hat into the ring with his book The Invention of the Jewish People, a work with a large anti-Zionist following. But “Sand is a fraud,” says The Elder of Ziyon, who notes that Sand “is not a historian of the [relevant] time period – his courses are on ‘French Intellectual History, Political History of the 20th Century, Cinema and History, Nation and Nationalism, History and Theory.’ His books prove that he is an ideologue more than a researcher.”
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Haaretz quotes skeptical Hebrew University professor Shaul Stampfer, a specialist in the area of Jewish demography, on Sand’s argumentation and motivation:
Stampfer, an expert in Jewish history, analyzed material from various fields, but found no reliable source for the claim that the Khazars – a multiethnic kingdom that included Iranians, Turks, Slavs and Circassians – converted to Judaism. “There never was a conversion by the Khazar king or the Khazar elite,” he said. “The conversion of the Khazars is a myth with no factual basis.”
As a historian, he said he was surprised to discover how hard it is “to prove that something didn’t happen. Until now, most of my research has been aimed at discovering or clarifying what did happen in the past … It’s a much more difficult challenge to prove that something didn’t happen than to prove it did.”
That’s because the proof is based primarily on the absence of evidence rather than its presence – like the fact that an event as unprecedented as an entire kingdom’s conversion to Judaism merited no mention in contemporaneous sources. “The silence of so many sources about the Khazars’ Judaism is very suspicious,” Stampfer said. “The Byzantines, the geonim [Jewish religious leaders of the sixth to eleventh centuries], the sages of Egypt – none of them have a word about the Jewish Khazars.”
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Stampfer said his research had no political motives, though he recognizes that the topic is politically fraught. “It’s a really interesting historical question, but it has political implications,” he said. “As a historian, I’m naturally worried by the misuse of history. I think history should be removed from political discussions, but anyone who nevertheless wants to use history must at least present the correct facts. In this case, the facts are that the Khazars didn’t convert, the Jews aren’t descendants of the Khazars and the contemporary political problems between Israelis and Palestinians must be dealt with on the basis of current reality, not on the basis of a fictitious past.”
The proof that the ancient Khazars were actually Aryan supermen!
West Hunter, the blog of anthropologist Henry Harpending and evolutionary biologist Gregory Cochran, authors of The Ten Thousand Year Explosion, reports the results of the most recent studies of Ashkenazi genetic makeup and finds an approximately half-European and half-Semitic mixture. Cochran relates that “the European admixture was mostly Italian, with some southern French” and notes in passing that “Koestler and Wexler are both wrong, by the way – the genetic evidence is quite clear.”
@billmcferson Fear of Jews? What Jews? All I see is Rev. 2:9 Khazars masquerading as Semites. Keep your 39¢ psychoanalysis to yourself.
— Michael Hoffman (@HoffmanMichaelA) December 21, 2014
Revisionist historian Hoffman should know better.
Stampfer is correct to suggest that political disputes ought to be settled in the realm of current reality as opposed to some rarified sphere of convenient mythology; but Christian Identity zealots and other anti-Zionist partisans, who are determined to discredit Israel while also holding onto the Jew-cult in which they were indoctrinated as children, will no doubt continue to tout The Thirteenth Tribe despite whatever contradictory information comes their way. All of this, however, is just as unnecessary as it is self-defeating. For ammunition with which to delegitimize the Israeli regime, one need only open a typical issue of American Free Press, peruse the news stories featured at Mark Glenn’s Ugly Truth website, or follow Ry Dawson’s YouTube channel. No war was ever won by willfully imbibing disinformation.
Oy vey. Enough with the Khazars already.