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RELIGION vs FACTS vs DNA

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Submitted by Lydia (United States), Jan 11, 2012 at 01:36

You can quote from 15 different interpretations of the quran but archeologically and genetically there is no evidence of your claims.

It is incredibly selfish and self serving of muslims to discount every others religion's claims of Jerusalem being their Holy Land and they graciously share it with the world.muslim greed and disrespect is the main reason the world resents islam.You are neither superior nor have any more rights to the land than Jews or Christians.

"The Phoenicians were the Canaanites" was reported in the PBS description of the National Geographic TV Special on this study entitled "Quest for the Phoenicians" that ancient DNA was included in this study as extracted from the tooth of a 2500 year-old Phoenician mummy.The Phoenician gene in this study refers to haplogroup J2.

Interestingly, Nebel et al. (2001) found that the Cohen Modal Haplotype (CMH), considered the most definitive Jewish haplotype, was found among 10.1% of Kurdish Jews and 1.1% of Kurds. The CMH and the most frequent Kurdish haplotype (MKH) were the same on five markers (out of six) and very close on the other marker. The MKH was shared by 9.5% of Kurds, 2.6% of Sephardim, 2.0% of Kurdish Jews. The general conclusion is that these similarities result mostly from the sharing of ancient genetic patterns, and not from more recent admixture between the groups.

DNA analysis further determined that modern Jews of the priesthood tribe—Kohanim-share an ancestor dating back about 3,000 years.

In 2004, a team of geneticists from Stanford University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tartu University (Estonia), Barzilai Medical Center (Ashkelon, Israel), and the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center (Zerifin, Israel), studied the modern Samaritan community living in Israel in comparison with modern Israeli populations to explore the ancient genetic history of these people groups. The Samaritans or Shomronim trace their origins to the Assyrian province of Shomron (Samaria) in ancient Israel in the period after the Assyrian conquest 722 BCE. Shomron was the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Israel when it was conquered by the Assyrians and gave the name to the ancient province of Samaria and the Samaritan people group. Tradition holds that the Samaritans were a mixed people group of Israelites who were not exiled or were sent back or returned from exile and non-Israelites relocated to the region by the Assyrians. The modern-day Samaritans are believed to be the direct descendants of the ancient Samaritans.

Their findings reported the tribe of Ephraim and the tribe of Levi - All Samaritan families were found in haplogroups J1 and J2, except the Samaritan Cohen family which was found in haplogroup E3b1a-M78. The Samaritan Cohen family were Levites until the previous Cohen family died out around 1700, so the fact that they don't share CMH is expected. These findings may offer more proof that E1b1 was one of the founding lineages of the Levites.

The main haplotypes for ancient Jews are J and E.

Genetic evidence in support of historical records that show the majority of Muslim Palestinians descend from local inhabitants, Christians and Jews, who had converted after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century CE.They also found substantial genetic overlap between Muslim Palestinians and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, though with some significant differences that might be explainable by immigration of Arab tribes in the first millennium.

A large portion of muslim "arabs" are genetically Jews that muslims forced to convert on threat of torture and death.

J1 is an older semitic branch that evolved in the Levant - Israel .J2 is thought to be from the add mixture of ancient Jews and Greeks and E1b is the add mixture of ancient Jews and North Africans.

The National Geographic Genographic Project linked haplogroup J2 to the site of Jericho, Tel el-Sultan, 8500 BCE and indicated that in modern populations, haplogroup J2 is found in North Africa, Southern Europe, and the Middle East, with distribution among present-day Jewish populations (30%), Southern Italians (20%), and lower frequencies in Southern Spain 10%.

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