Micah Ben David Naziri
Ha'Shem is a Verb.

18 Points DESTROYING Kanye’s ‘Fake Jews’ Ignorance

Recently, catalyzed by Kanye West’s recent obsession with the Jewish people (following a patrilineally Jewish man – Pete Davidson – being chosen over him as a partner by Kim Kardashian), a gentleman approached me with a challenge. It was made with apparent respect and so i responded accordingly, with respect. Thus, i responded in kind.

It should be noted that the individual being responded to below is a Shi`i Muslim, and convert from Nation of Islam. Accordingly, many references in the responses that follow are to things already known by the gentleman in question, due to his being familiar with those sources as a Shi`i Muslim.

Without further ado, he declared:

“There are no caucasian Israelites. Ashkenazi’s are from the lineage of Jepeth and not Shem, so you or any other Ashkenazi’s are not semitic people. Jepethites roamed in the Caucasus region. Jew is not a lineage, its a religion.. Ashkenazi’s and Khazarians created the term “Jew-ish” and hid under the lineage of Bani Israel. I say this with truth and respect.”

My response is as follows:

As well, i say this with truth and respect… i will number them for ease of making points that each need responses if we are to be intellectually honest with each other. Accordingly, i will respond to each point you raise, without fail:

1. If we take the Noach/Nuh myth at its literal face value then there is no statistical way that the sons of Noah would to this day have separate lineages that did not intermix. In fact, the Torah tells us that “Yaphet will dwell in the tents of Shem” to foretell of this very thing. To imagine that three families from 5,000 years ago, with a common heritage, would not have mixed is not only illogical, it is contradicted by what we know from every historical record.

2. The Children of Yaphet roamed the Caucus regions, the European regions, Russia, Asia, that includes India. There are still, nevertheless, Indian Jews and Chinese Jews, who migrated to those regions and intermixed with local folks who converted upon marriage. They can still, very much trace their ancestry to the Middle East – just as lost tribes in Africa claim as well.

3. When you imagine that Shem, Cham and Yaphet are color-coded individuals, you are buying into a false myth sold by Christianity, not by Islam (and certainly not by the Torah). These same folks who advanced this idea of color-coding Israelites also say that Black people in America, descended from the Igbo (“Heebo”) tribe, cannot be Bani Isra’il because of your region and color. After all, most Semites don’t look like West Africans, can we agree? Furthermore, most Semites historically live no where near West Africa. So by the same argumentation you use to say that Jews in the region of Ashkenaz cannot be Semites, anti-Black Jewish arguments can be used against you. I don’t agree with either argument. Jews come in all hues.

4. Ashkenazi means “Jews living in the land of Ashkenaz” which is to say the Rhineland. It is no where near where the Khazarim lived.

5. “Ish” is an English suffix. It is the English form of the yud/ya Semitic suffix. I know this because my ancestors preserved knowledge of the Hebrew language. Only Ashkenazi and Sefardic peoples did this. No African tribe, no European non-Jewish group, no Arab tribe, no one anywhere else did this but the people adhering to Yahadut (a term which means both “Judaism” and “Jewry” because they are inseparable concepts). Thus, “Jewish” is the English – not Khazari, nor Germanic – way of writing “Yehudi.” It is the same as saying “Moorish” to refer to a Moor. You don’t say that “Moor-ish” means you’re “sorta like a Moor, but not really” do you?

6. Yahadut, meaning “the praising of God through the performance of the Commandments,” or mitzvot, is a term that was used for the Prophets of the Bani Isra’il in the Tanakh – the Hebrew Bible. Again, we preserved that Hebrew Bible. No other group of people, including Lost Tribes, did this. Why? Because we were not lost. When you are lost, you lose things from your origins. When you have never strayed from your home, it is easy to keep track of things. In this case it is things like the Semitic language of Hebrew, as well as Aramaic, the Torah and the understanding of nuance in the Torah’s Hebrew.

7. You seem to acknowledge the fact that my Sefardic ancestors are Semitic. That is good i suppose, but why did no Sefardic Jew IN HISTORY – EVER – make such a claim as what you are making about Ashkenazim not being Semitic or ancestrally Jewish?

8. Why did no historians of ANY background EVER say what you are saying? Literally, every Arab and Muslim historian who spoke of the Khazarim described them as a mix of “black” and “white” peoples who intermarried. They say that the `Isawiyah Jews gave da`wah to them about their Lost Tribe status and roots as lost Bani Isra’il. Why would these historians lie and say that? They weren’t Jewish. They had no dog in the fight. Why would they claim this? They weren’t European. They weren’t Khazari. Why would everyone make this up?

9. Why did literally NO Muslim historian nor theologian – no `alim – ever say what you are saying until this modern myth of non-Semitic origins of Ashkenazim was made up in the 20th century? I challenge you to find me any claim like this in the historical record. If you can’t find such a claim, then you need to answer why that is. Why would no one EVER have known about this and saw it fit to document this huge Jewish lie that you speak of? It would seem that the Nazis would have, no? But they didn’t. They very much believed and documented the Semitic origins of the Ashkenazi Jewish people.

10. Like Sefardic Jews made no distinction between Ashkenazim and Sefardim in Semitic origin, neither have ANY enemies of the Jewish people… until now, when this ridiculous story was created by a FICTION author – Author Koestler.

11. Koestler was an atheist and secular, Israeli-nationalist who wanted to de-Jewify Israel and instead make it a European satellite colony. Koestler is not your friend, nor is he a friend of the Palestinian people. He created this fictional fantasy because he was uneducated and didn’t know Al-Kuzari was itself a fictional account of Judeo-Arabic literature. This means he never read the Kuzari, as it was widely-known to have been fiction. But had he read it, he would have known that this historical-fiction account acknowledged what Muslim and Jewish historians alike knew – that the conversion of the Khazarim was due to their status as a Lost Tribe of Israel.

12. Just as tribes can be lost in Africa and have originated from the Middle East, so too can they be lost in Asia Minor like the Khazarim, or in India for that matter, or China like the Kai Feng Jews, who are just as pale as Ashkenazim and look entirely Chinese.

13. That is because everywhere Jews go, we mix. That is what Hitler hated so much about us. We made it impossible to have racial categories and clearly-definable facial features for Nazi pseudoscience to pigeon-hole people. Again, if Hitler wanted to get public support for opposing the Jewish people, all he would have had to do is say “look my Christian brothers and sisters, these are not even really the Jews of the Bible, they are Khazarians – imposters!” and yet he didn’t? Why? The only reason we can conclude is because Koestler had not made this myth up yet, and it had not occurred to Hitler to make it up (as Germans were fairly educated and knew that such things could not be backed up by the historical record).

14. If Muhammad said that “whosoever is raised speaking Arabic is an Arab” then how can you imagine that people raised speaking Hebrew and practicing the commandments of the Torah are not Semites? Arabs are Semites. So Salman al-Farsi – a Caucasian from the Caucasus region of Persia – can be a Semite by Muhammad’s definition and even be counted among the Ahl al-Bayt, but when it comes to the preservers of the Hebrew language and Torah, then that’s a different story? Why? Who told you so? 15. The term “Anti-Semite” originated in German scholarship, to describe anti-Jewishness. Why did none of these scholars say “Anti-Khazarite”? How can you sincerely believe that NO ONE knew about this “truth” until fiction-author and racist Israeli-nationalist author Koestler wrote about it? The simplest “Occam’s Razor” explanation is that Koestler was wrong because he was not a historian, he was a science fiction author.

16. You say that Jew is merely a religion and not a lineage. But, again, with all due respect, as a self-identifying non-Jew, why do you get to define who is a Jew and what it means to be Jewish? Should non-Black people get to define who is Black and if mixed Black folks count as Black? Shouldn’t Jewish definitions of who is a Jew that go back thousands of years be what determines who is a Jew? The reality is that Yehudi means that someone is of Yehudah and Yahadut. Yehudah means Judah and it means Judea. We have two words in English for what there is one word for in Hebrew. Similarly, Yahadut has two English words: Judaism and Jewry. That means that the Jewish religion and the Jewish people are one and the same. You cannot separate the Bani Isra’il from the eternal commandments of the Torah. They are obligatory upon the Bani Isra’il for all time – a statement attested to by the Torah, Injil and Qur’an. As such, there is no one of the Yehudi lineage who cannot also be bound spiritually to those commandments (whether or not they fulfill them all). What is an Arab? It is a lineage and a culture and a language that is part of that culture.

17. What is a Hebrew or a Jew? Someone of that aforementioned Hebrew culture and language and lineage. But someone can be of that culture and language and still be adopted in. We have adopted in converts since day one and regarded them as “Israel in every respect” as was taught thousands of years ago. Thus, we have the wave of Erev Rav who came as a “Mixed Multitude” from Egypt. They were not originally Bani Isra’il but became Bani Isra’il in the Torah. This is how tribal identity has always worked, whether in the Middle East or in Africa for that matter. Semei Kakungulu, the founder of modern Buganda, switched tribes three times in his life – finally founding the Abayudaya Jews. Though he claims they have no Israelite roots and are converts, i suspect that like the Igbo peoples from which you descend, the Abayudaya too have such lost roots which is what caused them to collectively yearn to rediscover. Indigenous tribes in the Americas did this too. We adopted African people, intermarried with them, and they became Indian upon adoption. We didn’t keep them segregated and say no one can marry them – the intermixed freely. Same is true when converts came into Yahadut.

18. As for Yahadut as a religion? Muhammad in fact said that the Jewish people and the Muslims are of the SAME religion. In the Qur’an, time and time again, the phrase “Ummatan Wahidatan” is used to mean “one religious nation” or “one religious brotherhood” in translation. There is no translation of the Qur’an that does not have these connotations when translating the phrase. And yet that is what Muhammad said in the Constitution of Medinah the Jewish people and Muslims are. That is because Islam is one aspect of practicing that religion. It is the most universal – for all the nations. The version of that religion for the Bani Isra’il is called Istislam – and it requires additional commandments to be followed, like keeping the Sabbath. There is a reason why it is foretold that the Imam Al-Mahdi will come telling the Muslim world truth that they violently reject, and come praying to Allah in the Hebrew Name. These are not separate religions. They never have been. We have been lied to. But now, as it is written, “Truth has come and falsehood has vanished, for verily falsehood is a vanishing thing [by nature].”

About the Author
Dr. Micah Naziri was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The son of a multitude of peoples, Micah has Ashkenazi Jewish, German, Native American and Melungeon Sefardic background. Micah has often said he has “one foot in the masjid and the other in shul.” Spiritually, Micah considers his understanding of Judaism to be “Judeo-Sufi,” or “Istislam” as described by Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paqudah, in his Medieval Judeo-Arabic work “Guide to the Duties of the Hearts” (Al-Hidayat ila Fara`id al-Qulub), which quoted Muhammad and his son-in-law `Ali profusely – reference each as being “a great chasid” – while fully embracing the Torah as the framework of religious practice for the Jewish people. Dr. Naziri is the founder of the Martial Sufi Tariqah alternatively known as the Taliyah al-Mahdi (2001) and the Jamat al-Fitrah (2005), as well as Hashlamah Project Foundation (2012), and the White Rose Society “reboot” (2016). As the founder of the Hashlamah Project Foundation, Micah uses his education in Near Eastern Languages, Religions and historical models of building bridges between Jewish and Muslim communities, to help reconcile and unite Jews and Palestinian Muslims. He is a prolific author who has penned numerous academic articles, donating 100% of the proceeds to charities working towards social justice. He has also authored a science fiction novel fused with history and politics. His Master’s thesis on the religious milieu of Judaism in Muhammad’s life time, in Arabia, has been published by New Dawn Publications and is available on Amazon, with all proceeds similarly going to charity work. He has served as an editor for written works on Martial Arts and Eastern Medicine, transcribing and creating numerous titles for some of his teachers. He has himself authored several martial treatises using the pen name Seng, Hern-Heng – his Taoist lineage name given to him in 2006 by Huang, Chien-Liang. On that front, he is currently working on a new Taoist translation of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) based on the original Mawangdui manuscripts. Micah became well-known for activism confronting an anti-Muslim protester peacefully and reasoning with her outside of a Dublin, Ohio mosque. After nearly 45 minutes of debate and reconciliation, the woman embraced a Muslimah woman from the mosque, and went into the mosque with her and Micah for bagels, coffee and a tour of the house of worship. When she left, the Muslims there gave her a gift bag. Micah became somewhat infamous – loved by some, hated by others – not only for several high-profile, viral protests, but also for teaching free self-defense classes available to all interested parties from historically oppressed communities. Law enforcement, however, have without question been the most hostile to Naziri, as he became a regular protester against police brutality and murder of unarmed African-Americans. Micah has been equally as virally-known as an avowed anti-rape activist, who confronted the Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner at his home in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio, after he was released from his mere three-month jail sentence for raping an unconscious woman. Today, Micah continues activism in the areas surrounding Yellow Springs, and abroad, focusing on weekly protests and vigils supporting families of innocent, unarmed African-American youths, gunned down by local police or vigilante citizens attempting to hide behind gun culture and the Second Amendment, such as in the recent case of Victor Santana – who was recently arrested, charged with murder, and convicted after months of pressure put on Montgomery County prosecutor Matt Heck by protests Micah organized in conjunction with Donald Dominique of the New Black Panther Party. Micah is currently coordinating expanded work with international Hashlamah Project chapters and the Jam`at Al-Fitrah, the name used in the Palestinian Territories for the Sufi Martial Tariqah known as the Taliyah al-Mahdi. He is seeking grant-writing partnerships to grow the Hashlamah Project organization’s efforts – particularly in the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.