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Yet an entry prior to the Berlin Congress found in the diary of Leon von Bilinski, later Austrian Minister of Finance, makes it appear that Disraeli had sent to the British Ambassador in Vienna, Sir Andrew Buchan, the English draft of his essay The Jewish Question in the Oriental Question for translation and anonymous publication. Translated by Baron Johann Chlumecky, a well-known Austrian political writer, the essay was published in Vienna in 1877 as a pamphlet under the title Die judische Frage in der orientalischen Frage, von... under the direction and participation of Perez Smolenskin, the famous Hebrew author and champion of Jewish renascence. Chlumecky presented Bilinski with a copy of the pamphlet and informed him that Disraeli originally intended to raise the question of Palestine on the agenda of the Berlin Congress but had abandoned these efforts due to the opposition of Bismarck and the Austrian Foreign Minister, Count Andrassy, and instructed the Embassy to stop the distribution of the pamphlet and to destroy all available copies.
Laurence Oliphant lost no time in approaching religious leaders and, above all, responsible statesmen. The atmosphere appeared to have been never more favourable in the history of the Restoration Movement. Oliphant was even allowed to explain his scheme to the Prince of Wales -the future Edward VII -and received much encouragement from him. ...Thus Oliphant obtained from the two Western Great Powers a semi-official mandate to negotiate with Turkey. With high hopes he started out in the spring of 1879 for Beirut. From that point of vantage, with a single companion and a few attendants he set out on his adventurous reconnaissance of Palestine. He chose Gilead in what is now Jordan, "the most fertile part of Palestine", and felt that he had found the future Land of Promise. His book, The Land of Gilead, published in 1880, contains a detailed description of the country and the people. His project envisaged the foundation of an Ottoman Chartered Company with the object of colonising a million and a half acres.
A modest handbill was distributed in the streets of London in the same year. Its author was the Rev. William H. Hechler, born (1845) in South Africa of German Parents, Rector of the Holy Trinity Church in Kilburn (London). Calling himself "Lover of God's ancient people" he engaged, like Oliphant, in an intensive activity to help the victims of the Russian pogroms by collecting money for their settlement in Palestine. He went to Russia and the Holy Land and, in 1882, carried a personal letter from Queen Victoria to the Sultan Abdul Hamid....
....the great Canadian-born naturalist John William Dawson in his Modern Science in Bible Lands, published in 1888. Among the many Palestine travellers from England, the famous geologist was one of the best qualified to judge the country and its future. His verdict on the dire neglect of the once flourishing land was devastating:
<<.. No nation has been able to establish itself, as a nation in Palestine up to this day, no national union and no national spirit have prevailed there. The motley, impoverished tribes ... have held it as mere tenants at will, temporary landowners, evidently waiting for those entitled to the permanent possession of the soil.
Dawson left no doubt as to the identity of those whom he considered the rightful owners.
Sexual Immorality, violence, and disregard for the truth are the downfall of Israel. The religious leaders of Israel have been chosen for their task by Divine Providence and they have responsibility for how Israel behaves. This applies even when the relgious conceptions to which they are attached are based on idolatrous sources. Judah is warned not to go in the pathway of Ephraim. Sin brings its own punishment and in some degree is itself punishment.
Dear Dr. Yair Davidiy:
I read a statement attributed to you on the internet to the effect that some of those with Viking and/or Scottish ancestry may in fact have Jewish antecedents.
While this is a fascinating theory, how can one tell, conclusively, whether or not the theory has merit?
In addition to the general historical and genealogical question, are you aware of any DNA or other rather conclusive scientific confirmation(s) that could, for example, prove such ancestry in a specific, particular instance?
In my case, for instance, my father's recent ancestors, with the family name ..., are from Sweden. My mother's ancestors, with the family name ..., are from Scotland....
My mother told me that her grandmother's maiden name was Rhinehart or von Rhinehart, and that she was Jewish, a claim that I haven't confirmed.
Are you aware of any connection to possible Jewish roots related to these two countries and/or surnames?
Thank you for your interest and response.
I don't remember when but I believe that it was several months back that you visited with a Rabbi(?) who had written a book on who the tribes of Israel are. I believe that his understanding leaned toward the Burmese direction. You said that the two of you exchanged books. I was just wondering if you had read his book yet, and whether or not you have had further contact with him on this subject. If you have, what does he think of Brit-Am's position? Is it possible that he will become friendly toward Brit-Am's position?
I was just wondering what came of the meeting.