Tudor Parfitt, Emeritus Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, fellow at the Hutchins Centre, Harvard College, Distinguished Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs, President Navon Professor of Sephardi and Mizrahi Studies at the Florida International University, and Director of the Center of Global Jewish Communities at FIU, created a documentary in 2008 entitled Quest for the Lost Ark. In this quest Parfitt investigated the now famous Lemba tribe. This tribe claims to have descended from Jewish Priests at the time of the Assyrian Invasion who escaped to Africa to avoid slaughter. Then through thousands of years of mixing with the native African population became black in their ethnicity.

Parfitt states at 1:20 of our video,

“When I first came here there were still Lemba elders alive who would refer to their people as the white men who came from Sena.”

Parfitt goes on to show that the Lemba display the Y-chromosomal Aaron a.k.a. the Cohen Modal Haplotype and this Haplotype is distinct from the DNA of African peoples, who are of the Haplogroup E1b1.

The same conclusion was reached by the History Channel series Digging for the Truth with Josh Bernstein. In the episode The Lost Tribes of Israel, starting at  39:30, we see that the genetic identity of the Lemba, regarding the Y-chromosome pattern, is  “non-african”, but is “common in people who identify as Kohanim or the Jewish Priests”. The same Y-chromosomal Aaron-Cohen Modal Haplotype was identified.

Now the significance here is plain. The Black Hebrew Israelite movement  maintains that the original Jews were black, when in fact, the real Black  Hebrew Israelites admit themselves that they descend from “the white men who came from Sena.”

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