I understand anti-semitism well, much more than many people in the world because I am an Igbo who has studied both Hebrew, Igbo, and Jewish history. I have also studied anti-semitism, and how anti-semites have targeted the Jewish people. And, as an Igbo, not only have I experienced the illogical and insane hatred because my people have experienced all forms of it, from unprovoked pogroms, genocide, quota systems, crypto ghettoization, to subtle attempts to steal our identity, but our experience is also distorted and marginalized because we have been hidden from view as Israelites, because presently we are a part of the mass called “blacks”, and “Africans.”
This dangerous and insane hatred can only be defeated and destroyed when masses of humanity are made aware of what Israel, as a nation, a people, Torah, and the rest of the Hebrew Bible mean, and is saying. I doubt that we’ll see the back of this hatred before, “many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the temple of the G-d of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths. The law will go out from Zion.”
How do we get to this stage? A wise Jew, young, former publisher, American, but Israeli too, whom I will not mention his name, because it may not be favorable for a Jew to say what he told me privately, partially answered this question but while addressing another topic. His words were, “Jews and Igbos will sit down and have discussions about their shared future.”
As I see it, recognizable, identifiable, and ready- to- read/study- Bible Israelites today, are Igbos, and Jews. Igbos are the Israelites and Judaeans who moved to areas around the Niger River, and adjacent to the Atlantic ocean, after the great dispersions of Israel. Jews are the Israelites and Judaeans who broadly became known as Mizrachi, Sefardi, Ashkenazi, Beta Israel, and those they accepted into the Israelite religion known as Rabbinic Judaism.
The Igbos and the Jews together would be nearly 70million souls. My opinion is that both groups need to get together, sit down, and discuss how to first reach every Igbo and every Jew with the Torah; and also how to reach the rest of humanity with the message in Torah. I know the message of the Torah, and also the counterfeit messages that came to usurp Torah, very well, and I know that only an infinitesimal number of humans know anything about Torah. Yet there are billions of people who could accept this message of Torah which the true G-d Himself crafted if it is shared with them. Today there are Israelites in all countries of the world, as either Igbo or Jew. If all can find a way to work together, as messengers of Torah, we would begin to not only hope that anti-Igboism and anti-Semitism will die, but that the messianic era will come.
Remy Ilona is secretary-general HIN, a lawyer, scholar, and author of 10 books, which include the influential “The Igbos And Israel-An Inter-cultural Study of the Largest Jewish Diaspora”, and ‘Dissecting the Osu Institution…”