Today, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center is being celebrated in countries around the world including America. In response to this attack, the US declared war on terrorism while attacking Afghanistan. A few days ago the Taliban captured Kabul and announced the Islamic Emirate government in Afghanistan. In such a situation, these days Afghanistan has been a topic of discussion all over the world for months. It is now being claimed that the majority of the Pashtuns who are included in the Taliban are related to Israel. However, these radical Islamic terrorists hate Israel more than any other country.
Claims to be Israel’s lost relatives
The question that has arisen from time to time over the past two decades is whether the Pashtun tribes are really long-lost relatives of Israel. Who were exiled by the Assyrian Empire 2700 years ago. Although the possibility of such a relationship may seem hypothetical to some, there is some evidence that supports this claim.
Who are the Pashtuns?
Pashtun or Pathan is a Muslim tribe. Due to living in difficult geographical conditions and the climate there, the people of this tribe are fighters from birth. The Pashtuns, or Pathans, number in the millions, most of whom live in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India. They are made up of several hundred clans and tribes and have firmly preserved their heritage amidst waves of foreign invasion and occupation. Before the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in the region, many Pashtuns referred to themselves as Bani Israel (sons of Israel).
Historians’ report cited
As the Jerusalem Post reports, Bani Israel was mentioned by various Islamic travelers and historians by the 13th century. Over the next 400 years, other Islamic scholars and writers noted the persistence of the tradition. In the 19th century, many Westerners who visited the region became convinced that the Pashtuns were actually descendants of the Israelis.
The Bible written in Hebrew was given to the Persian Shah
Historian Joseph-Pierre Ferrier wrote in 1858 in the History of the Afghans that the head of one of the main Pashtun tribes, Yousefzai (Joseph’s son), wrote a Bible in Hebrew to the Persian Shah Nader Shah Afshar, and many others. Things that were used in their ancient worship and which they had kept were presented to him.
British military officer also claimed
Similarly, Major Henry W. Bellew, an officer in the British colonial Indian Army, wrote about the Pashtuns in The Lost Tribes in 1861 that the naming of their tribes and districts in ancient geography and into the present day, confirms this universal natural tradition. . Not only this, evidence has also been found from the arrival of Israelis to Afghanistan and India.
The former President of Israel has also done research
More recently, the late President of Israel, Yitzchak Ben-Zawi, in his 1957 study on far-flung Jewish communities in the book The Exiled and the Redeemed, devoted an entire chapter to Afghan tribes and the traditions of their origin. Based on his scholarly research, as well as interviews with exiled Afghan Jews in the 1950s, Ben-Zawi wrote that the Afghan tribes, among whom Jews have lived for generations, are Muslims who out of ten communities still hold their own wonderful Keeping up with the tradition.
Pashtuns and Jews have similar religious beliefs too!
Modern scholars have greatly increased our stock of knowledge on this subject. Dr. Navraj Afridi, an Indian educationist in Kolkata with a Pashtun background, has written extensively about evidence of an Israeli connection. Dr. Eyal Beri, a prominent Israeli scholar regarding Pashtuns, has recorded a series about their customs and traditions which are similar to those of Jews. These include practices such as circumcision on the eighth day after birth, abstaining from mixing meat and milk, lighting candles on the eve of the Sabbath (the day of religious prayer), and even tying the knot.
[Attribution to NBT]