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Journal axes gene research on Jews and Palestinians
A keynote research paper showing that Middle Eastern Jews and
Palestinians are genetically almost identical has been pulled from a
Academics who have already received copies of Human Immunology have
been urged to rip out the offending pages and throw them away.
Such a drastic act of self-censorship is unprecedented in research
publishing and has created widespread disquiet, generating fears that
it may involve the suppression of scientific work that questions
'I have authored several hundred scientific papers, some for Nature
and Science, and this has never happened to me before,' said the
article's lead author, Spanish geneticist Professor Antonio Arnaiz-
Villena, of Complutense University in Madrid. 'I am stunned.'
British geneticist Sir Walter Bodmer added: 'If the journal didn't
like the paper, they shouldn't have published it in the first place.
Why wait until it has appeared before acting like this?'
The journal's editor, Nicole Sucio-Foca, of Columbia University, New
York, claims the article provoked such a welter of complaints over
extreme political writing that she was forced to repudiate it. The
article has been removed from Human Immunology's website, while
letters have been written to libraries and universities throughout
world asking them to ignore or 'preferably to physically remove the
relevant pages'. Arnaiz-Villena has been sacked from the journal's
Dolly Tyan, president of the American Society of Histocompatibility
and Immunogenetics, which runs the journal, told subscribers that the
society is 'offended and embarrassed'.
The paper, 'The Origin of Palestinians and their Genetic Relatedness
with other Mediterranean Populations', involved studying genetic
variations in immune system genes among people in the Middle East.
In common with earlier studies, the team found no data to support the
idea that Jewish people were genetically distinct from other people
the region. In doing so, the team's research challenges claims that
Jews are a special, chosen people and that Judaism can only be
Jews and Palestinians in the Middle East share a very similar gene
pool and must be considered closely related and not genetically
separate, the authors state. Rivalry between the two races is
therefore based 'in cultural and religious, but not in genetic
differences', they conclude.
But the journal, having accepted the paper earlier this year, now
claims the article was politically biased and was written using
'inappropriate' remarks about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its
editor told the journal Nature last week that she was threatened by
mass resignations from members if she did not retract the article.
Arnaiz-Villena says he has not seen a single one of the accusations
made against him, despite being promised the opportunity to look at
the letters sent to the journal.
He accepts he used terms in the article that laid him open to
criticism. There is one reference to Jewish 'colonists' living in the
Gaza strip, and another that refers to Palestinian people living in
'Perhaps I should have used the words settlers instead of colonists,
but really, what is the difference?' he said.
'And clearly, I should have said refugee, not concentration, camps,
but given that I was referring to settlements outside of Israel - in
Syria and Lebanon - that scarcely makes me anti-Jewish. References to
the history of the region, the ones that are supposed to be
politically offensive, were taken from the Encyclopaedia Britannica,
and other text books.'
In the wake of the journal's actions, and claims of mass protests
about the article, several scientists have now written to the society
to support Arnaiz-Villena and to protest about their heavy-
One of them said: 'If Arnaiz-Villena had found evidence that Jewish
people were genetically very special, instead of ordinary, you can be
sure no one would have objected to the phrases he used in his
This is a very sad business.'
Editorial comment: Middle east Hebrews (& Palestinians) are not to
confused with the (Zionist) Khazars, who are not "genetically
jewish". 90%% of the people who claim to be 'of Jewish descent' call
themselves Ashkenazi "Jews" but are not really Jews at all. They're
from the Khazarian lineage, which is Turkic. Their homeland was
Khazaria, not Palestine or the middle east. http://www.apfn.net/khazaria.gif
"The Khazars, during the Byzantine era, were an aggregation of
tribes who, it is conjectured, must have sprung from Hun or Turkish
stock... With dramatic suddenness the Khazars entered the orbit of
Jewish life. One of their khagans (kings), called Bulan, was
to Judaism about the year 740 C.E. and with him went the Khazar
"In 867 AD, Vikings from Scandanavia, who called themselves
Rus," appeared near Kiev (north shore of the Black Sea), and
eventually took the city from the Khazars. For some years the
lived side by side with the Khazars, but thereafter they put the
Khazars to flight, at roughly which time the phrase, "Ashkenazi Jew,"
was heard for the first time in the regions of Germany and Hungary.
Arthur Koestler and some other researchers believe that the ruling
Khazars were not true Hebrews, but instead Turks who had converted to
Judaism. For this reason, Koestler and others suggest that the
Ashkenazi Jews--over 90 percent of those who claim to be Jews today--
are Turks who wrongly believe to be Jews."