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Ephraimite Forum no.90
8 december 2009, 11 Kislev 5769
1. UN Witchunt After Israel: Heathen Nations Hungry for Blood
2. Many Captive Jews in Spain or Simply Phoenicians, Arabs, and Others?
3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of  Explorator 11.33


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1.UN Witchunt After Israel: Heathen Nations Hungry for Blood
UN's obsession is grotesque and Orwellian
By Jeff Jacoby
THE PRESIDENT of the UN General Assembly, Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann of Nicaragua, has denounced the policies of a certain Middle Eastern nation. They are "so similar to the apartheid of an earlier era," he said, "that the world must unite against them, demanding an "end to this massive abuse of human rights" and isolating the offending nation as it once isolated South Africa: with a punishing "campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions."
Of which country was he speaking?

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2. Many Captive Jews in Spain or Simply Phoenicians, Arabs, and Others?
From: Joan Griffith
This is a blog on the Middle East. Cole is head of some institute.
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Juan Cole <>
Date: Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 12:02 AM
Subject: [infoco] [Informed Comment] Spanish Arab and Jewish Genetic Heritage

Geneticists are now estimating that the Spanish Inquisition led to large amounts of intermarriage between nominally converted Muslims and Jews with Catholics in Spain after 1492.

From that date, the Spanish state forbade all religions but orthodox Catholicism in Spain, making Jews and Christians who chose to remain convert.

A new study finds that 1 in 10 of Spanish men has haplotypes (genetic patterns) on the y chromosome identical with that of North Africans (i.e. Moroccans, Algerians, Tunisians). And this study suggests that 1 in 5 have haplotypes identical with Jewish males.

The evidence with regard to Spanish women is inconclusive. (This article doesn't seem to realize it, but this is because only a minority of Jewish women have 'Palestinian' patterns in their mitochondrial DNA; male Jewish merchant communities established around the Mediterranean from about the 800s AD took local wives and converted them, so the majority of Jewish women don't have distinctive genetic markers.)

I'm not so sure that the Inquisition can explain these results, since the numbers seem incommensurate with the result.

There were about 100,000 Marranos or forcibly-converted Jews in Spain after 1492 (many Iberian Jews fled to Holland, North Africa or Istanbul to retain their faith).

There were initially some 315,000 Moriscoes or forcibly-converted Muslims in the 1500s. But at the beginning of the 1600s, these were expelled, as well. By 1609 it is estimated that all but 10,000 to 15,000 of these Catholic secret Muslims had been expelled (France, Italy, and North Africa were the major destinations of the victims of this ethnic cleansing).

Spain's population in the 1500s was about 8 million.

So I don't see how 50,000 Marranos males could produce a situation where 1/5 of the present-day male population is descended from them. And, the huge Arab and Berber population of medieval Spain and even the 300,000 there in the 1500s, with whom there would have been intermarriage, should have left a larger genetic heritage in Spain than just 1/10. Moreover, I would challenge the idea that most of the mixing only came after the conversions post-1492. People sleep with each other across cultural boundaries and don't tell the historians about it. And, people convert from Islam to Catholicism and pretend they'd always been Catholics, something that could have been going on surreptitiously all through the centurie of the Reconquista.

Anyway, the haplotypes distinctive to Sephardic Jews are indistinguishable from those of Palestinians and Lebanese. So my guess is that the geneticists are finding descendants from the Phoenicians and from Arab populations that invaded North Africa and then Spain, along with descendants of Jews.

Work on the genetic history of the Phoenicians in the Mediterranean is now also being pursued.

Posted By Juan Cole to Informed Comment at 12/05/2008 12:02:00 AM

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. ~ C. G. Jung

3. Archaeology: Brit-Am Version of  Explorator 11.33
From: david meadows <>
explorator 11.33                                December 7, 2008
Another high tech look at the DSS:

... somewhat similar:

A Byzantine-era bathhouse from Zikhron Ya?aqov:

A report on the 2008 excavations at Old Nisa:

... and Khuzistan:

More coverage of the Khirbet Qeiyafa excavations:

A study of stalagmites in a Jerusalem cave is being used to link
climate change to the decline of the Roman Empire:

Not sure how 'new' this is, but we appear to have more precise
dating for the Thera eruption:

Fair bit of coverage of the 'first credit crunch' in 88 B.C.:

Visit our blog:

A Bronze age amber necklace from Mellor:

Not sure where to classify this rock-cut tomb from Malta find:

The search is on for a treasure-laden Armada shipwreck:

Review of Piers Brendon, *The Decline and Fall of the British

A petroglyph might be evidence of a hitherto unknown species of
bat (reading a lot into this one, no?):

Joseph Smith's journals are being published:

Interviewish sort of thing with James McPherson about Lincoln
during wartime:

Interesting slave-trade database project:

Review of George Herring, *From Colony to Superpower*:
Dental evidence suggests ancient folk in Peru ate well:;_ylt=AhNeu33l5WuE0q_h2Wib5nQiANEA

This week's DNA focus looks at the Etruscans (but seems to have
some dating problems?):

... and the Moors left their DNA traces on the Iberian Peninsula:

A bit out of our time period, but a nice use of ground penetrating
radar to find some WWII graves:

... and a bit out of our subject matter, but folks might be interested
in the origins of the cold virus:

... and the water levels in Venice:

Review of five tomes debunking 'pseudohistory':

Review of Barry Cunliffe, *Europe Between the Oceans*:


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