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Hebrews Israelites ... Returning to the Holy Land!
From the teachings of The Anointed One; Ben Ammi
The terms Black Hebrews and Black Israelites refer as a categorical whole to several independent sub-sects whose unifying characteristic is that their members are of black African descent who claim Hebrew / Israelite ancestry.
Members of The Original African Hebrew Israelite Nation of Jerusalem (or, the African Israelites for short) believe that following the Roman expulsion of the Jews from the land of Israel, many Jews migrated to West Africa. From there their descendants were transported by slave ship to the United States.
"We, who are the descendants of slave parents, did not choose to come to America, but were forcibly brought here in chains against our will to fulfill a greater purpose and promise in our prophetic journey and return to Almighty God. This is the truest and highest meaning of the expression of returning to the Holy Land. The Holy Land means to be in the Divine Presence of God in His Divine Unity anywhere and everywhere we go on the Planet Earth and in the exploration of our Universe and environment in space."
Black Hebrews adhere in varying degrees to the religious beliefs and practices of mainstream Judaism. They are generally not accepted as Jews by the greater Jewish community, and many Black Hebrews consider themselves and not mainstream Jews to be the only authentic Jews. Many choose to self-identify as Hebrew Israelites or Black Hebrews rather than as Jews.
Dozens of Black Hebrew groups were founded during the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. In the mid-1980s, the number of Black Hebrews in the United States was between 25,000 and 40,000. In the 1990s, the Alliance of Black Jews estimated that there were 200,000 African-American Jews, including Black Hebrews and those recognized as Jews by mainstream Jewish organizations.
While Black Christians traditionally have identified themselves with the Children of Israel, they never claimed to be descendants of the Israelites. However, in the late 19th century among some African-Americans, an identification with the ancient Hebrews developed into an identification as ancient Hebrews. One of the first groups of Black Hebrews, the Church of God and Saints of Christ, was founded in 1896.
The Israeli government ruled in 1973 that the group did not qualify for automatic citizenship, and the Black Hebrews were denied work permits and state benefits. However, in 2003 the agreement was revised, and the Black Hebrews were granted permanent resident status.
The Black Hebrews have become well-known for their gospel choir, which tours throughout Israel and the United States. The group owns restaurants in several Israeli cities. In 2003 the Black Hebrews garnered much public attention when singer Whitney Houston visited them in Dimona. In 2006, Eddie Butler, a Black Hebrew, was chosen by the Israeli public to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest.
In 1998, doctors visited the community in Israel and found that only 6% of the members suffered from high blood pressure, compared to 30% of African Americans. Furthermore only 5% of their members were obese, compared to 32% of black men and half of black women in America. The doctors concluded, "These changes in lifestyle might prevent chronic disease in American blacks, but would be hard to achieve without the unifying power of community and spirituality."
Yes We Can
"Yes, we can. Yes, we can change. Yes, we can."
President Barack Obama
"Barack Obama used it to get into the White House, and Shas, the ultra-orthodox Sephardi party, has recently "borrowed" it, translated it into Hebrew ("Ken anachnu yecholim!") and plastered it all over buses, posters, and bumper stickers."
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I know a change gonna come
"...It's been a long, a long time coming but I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will..."
"we, as a people will get to the promised land"
"But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land."
I See the Promised Land - the last speech of
Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Change Has Come
The change has come! - We, as a people, have made it to the Promise Land!
Ben Ammi Ben Israel
African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem
Ben Ammi Ben Israel established the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem in Chicago, Illinois, in 1966. In 1969, after a sojourn in Liberia, Ben Ammi and about 30 Hebrew Israelites moved to Israel. Over the next 20 years nearly 600 more members left the United States for Israel. As of 2006, about 2,500 Hebrew Israelites live in Dimona and two other towns in the Negev region of Israel, where they are widely referred to as Black Hebrews. In addition, there are Hebrew Israelite communities in several major American cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Washington, D.C.
Purpose: In route to the Promised land to establish the long awaited kingdom of Yah! "Since our arrival in Dimona, in 1969, it has been our objective to be the foundation for the establishing of God's Kingdom on Earth."
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