'Lost Tribe' of India Jews Return to Israel
Bnei Menashe say they were banished in 8th century BC
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 24, 2012 12:32 PM CST
Relatives bid farewell as a Bnei Menashe Jewish woman leaves Churachandpur, India, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Bnei Menashe claim to be descendants of one the 10 lost tribes of Israel.   (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

(Newser) – Dozens of Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe have emigrated to Israel from their village in northeastern India. The Bnei Menashe say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century BC. An Israeli chief rabbi recognized them as a lost tribe in 2005 and about 1,700 moved to Israel before the government stopped giving them visas.

Israel recently reversed that policy, agreeing to let the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe immigrate. Fifty-three arrived today. Nearly 300 others are expected to arrive in the coming weeks. Twenty-six-year-old Lhing Lenchonz arrived with her husband and 8-month-old daughter. She said that "after waiting for thousands of years, our dream came true."

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jgarbuz
Dec 25, 2012 9:06 AM CST
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kokuaguy
Dec 25, 2012 5:00 AM CST
The population growth resulting from this sort of emigration provides the rationale for continued occupation of the West Bank and the expansion of illegal settlements in the occupied territories of Palestine. @RockyPneumonia:twitter
Spudsy
Dec 24, 2012 10:34 PM CST
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