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Submitted by Turckce konusanamerikali (United States), Nov 3, 2011 at 19:08

Merhaba Havas Bey,

The post that just got sent was sent by accident. So it contains no response to your comments. All it said is that I have many very positive feelings about Turkey and the Turkish people. For example I have Turkish friends who I see all the time. I had a graduate student named Pelin. I am now corresponding with a lovely girl named Seyma who a junior in one of the best Turkish universities. We are exchanging E-mail's since she wants do an internship with me. (Cogunlukla Turckcesi yazariz, cunku bazen Seyma 'nin Ingilizini anlamadim.).

Unfortunately, I can't open your note. So I will have to respond to what you said from memory.

1. Concerning the genetic relation between Kurds and Jews, Google Jewish genetics and find the Wikipedia page. What you will read is as follows. First European Jews are NOT descended from Khazar Turks. This "theory" is often promoted by Muslims in order to discredit the legitimacy of the Jewish "return" to Israel and thus the existence of Israel itself. Jews worldwide are genetically more closely to each other than to all non-Jewish ethnic groups combined. This clinches what is obvious anyway, that today's Jews are the mainly the descendants of the people of ancient Israel. It also says the that non-Jewish people most closely related to the Jews are the Kurds and that, moreover, the relationship is close. Maybe it's only the 6.5%. The article didn't say what Kurdish populations the DNA was taken from.

The treatment of the American Indians (more properly Native Americans) was and still is horrific. But very few Americans then and probably far fewer now were involved with this crime. I don't live in the West so I hardly ever meet native people, and I wouldn't know one if I saw one.

The notion that Turks are related genetically to Native Americans is preposterous. The only reason that it is worth noting is that it sounds like the ridiculous Nazi-like beliefs of Turkish superiority of Turkish ultra nationalists. For example, the claim that today's Turks are nearly pure descendants of Central Asian Turkic warriors (why else are names like Attila, Cengiz, and Timur ) is nonsense. Geneticists have found that modern Turks are mainly descended from the native people of Anatolia. One study shows 11% Turkic and 6% Mongoloid ancestry for Turks, not much to brag about considering that all non-African humans, us included, have a 4% Neanderthal genetic component.

More later Havas. Iyi kasimlar.

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