Kyrie Irving, Black Hebrew Israeli and “True Jew”

NBA superstar Kyrie Irving has never been one to shy away from controversy. He prides himself on being against grains and “making people think.”

In addition to his otherworldly basketball skills, Irving is also known for his puzzling views on the flatness of the earth, he told New York Times In 2018, “I do research on both sides. I’m not against anyone who thinks the Earth is round. I’m not against anyone who thinks it’s flat. I just love hearing the debate.” He continued: “You can admit publicly that you know Is the Earth round in nature? Like, surely you know that? Like, I don’t know.”

Irving’s views on the shape of the Earth are not entirely innocuous. Science teachers are having trouble teaching their middle school students basic science because it goes against what they hear from their favorite basketball icons.

Irving’s latest controversy is undoubtedly more dangerous and disturbing. He posted a link to his 4.6 million followers on his Twitter account to a documentary called “Hebrews to Negroes.” The film and the book on which it is based contain classic anti-Semitic rhetoric, such as the notion that 6 million Jews were killed during the Holocaust as “one of the five main lies,” as well as references to the agreement between Elder Zion and Adolf Hitler .

Irving refused to apologize for his anti-Semitic post and denied anti-Semitism and was suspended for five games by the Brooklyn Nets.

The central focus of the documentary, which seems to have attracted Kyrie Irving, is its description that it “reveals the true identities of Israeli children.” The documentary states that “Jews today are Europeans whose ancestors converted from paganism to Judaism”. In short, Jews today are not “true Jews”. Irving refused to apologize for his anti-Semitic post and denied anti-Semitism and was suspended for five games by the Brooklyn Nets. Nike also suspended its relationship with him.

Kanye West made the same claim recently, saying he can’t be an anti-Semitic because black people are real Jews.West said that when he refers to the Jews, he means “the lost 12 tribes of Judas, the blood of Christ, the true identity of those who are called black [sic],”.

Fans wear combat anti-Semitism shirts during a Brooklyn Nets game.

Who are the real Jews?

Today’s Jews are real impostors, and the idea that African Americans are “real Jews” stems from the Black Hebrew Israeli movement.

Black Hebrew Israelites originated in the late 19th century, when both Frank Cherry and William Sanders Crowdy claimed to have received visions of African-Americans being of biblical Hebrew descent. Cherry, in particular, promoted extreme anti-Semitic sentiment, vilifying white Jews as interlopers and fraudsters.

at 20the th century, many independent organizations were formed under the banner of the Black Hebrew Israelites. Everyone’s beliefs are slightly different, and some are more extreme than others. But they all share the belief that blacks are the true descendants of Israel’s twelve tribes, and that whites or traditionally accepted Jews are not descendants of tribes.

The more extreme Black Hebrew Israelis assert that Jews enslaved blacks to steal their identities, and that Jews are Satanists, and Judaism is often referred to as “Satan’s synagogue.”

The more extreme black Hebrew Israelites assert that Jews are liars and false worshipers of God, while blacks are racially superior and the only true “voters.” They accuse Jews of enslaving blacks to steal their identities, and claim that Jews are Satanists, and Judaism is often referred to as “Satan’s synagogue.”

These extreme views have led to deadly violence. In December 2019, two followers of the Black Hebrew Israeli extremist faction killed a police officer and three people at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, New Jersey. Social media belonging to one of the killers linked to black Hebrew Israelis and anti-Semitic beliefs, including messages calling Jewish impostors and Satan worshippers.

To be clear, black Hebrew Israelis are not the same as black Jews or Jews of color. The vast majority of blacks who identify as Jewish have nothing to do with these groups; they adhere to Jewish historical, cultural and religious aspects.

hatred from all sides

The slur that Jews are imposters is not the only legacy of black Hebrew Israelites. Traditional white supremacist anti-Semitism also stemmed from the claim that Jews were deceptively pretending they were not. In Charlottesville in 2017, white supremacists chanted “Jews will not replace us!” Some held banners that read “Jews are the children of Satan.”

One of the core beliefs of the Nazis was that the goal of the Jews was to dilute the pure Aryan race through intermarriage. As part of the Nuremberg Laws of 1935, Nazi Germany banned sexual relations and marriages between Germans classified as so-called “Aryans” and Germans classified as Jews.This relationship is marked as Larson Shand (“racial profiling”), and could be punished by imprisonment—often followed by deportation to a concentration camp.

The core claim is that Jews are deceptively evil and either steal the identity of others (in the case of black Hebrew Israelis) or are designed to do so (in the case of Nazis and white supremacists).

Answer question

Behind all these accusations of hatred and deceit against Jews, there seem to be a variety of anti-Semitic reasons at work—from accusations of disproportionate wealth and control, to jealousy, to being an easy target.

With anti-Semitism intensified and mainstreamed, now more than ever, Jews need to understand what it means to be Jewish and to stand up for Jews proudly.

There is no doubt that our first response must be to stand up against hatred and to defend the Jewish people. But Judaism always pushes us to look deeper.

Perhaps this challenge to the core identity of a “true Jew” will stir up a question in the minds and hearts of Jews around the world: What does it actually mean to be Jewish? If they call us impostors, then our response should be to ask ourselves, “What is my Jewish identity? What’s the point of being the Twelve Tribes, King David, Biblical patriarch and descendant of patriarchs?” If other People challenge us in this regard, and perhaps our answers are not strong enough.

With anti-Semitism intensified and mainstreamed, now more than ever, Jews need to understand what it means to be Jewish and to stand up for Jews proudly.

!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s)
{if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod?
n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)};
if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′;
n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0;
t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,’script’,
‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’);
fbq(‘init’, ‘210578756180592’);
fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);

!function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s)
{if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod?
n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)};
if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n;n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′;
n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0;
t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];
s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,’script’,
‘https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’);
fbq(‘init’, ‘1083534352481304’);
fbq(‘track’, ‘PageView’);

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *