A bizarre stabbing and shooting mix-up involving three Jews in Israel who all thought that the others were Palestinians—has highlighted the common racial origins of both Jews and Arabs, and the fact that they have only fallen out with each other over the issue of Zionism.
Shlomo Pinto, left, attacked Uriel Razkan, right, in the belief that he was an Arab, not a fellow Jew. Pinto was himself then targeted by another Jew in the belief that he himself was an Arab.
The conviction on attempted murder charges this past week in Israel of one Shlomo Pinto, a Jew from the city of Kiryat Ata, brought the bizarre circumstances of the case—and the underlying reality of the relationship between Semitic racial groups—into focus.
Pinto decided in 2015 that he would attack a Palestinian with a knife as part of the ongoing tit-for-tat attacks between Jews and Arabs.
Pinto went to a local Ikea furniture store, and, after spotting a potential victim who, as the Times of Israel reported, he “concluded from his appearance” was an Arab, he stabbed him several times in the torso with a knife, losing his yarmulke in the stabbing frenzy.
Unfortunately for Pinto, his victim was not an Arab, but another Jew named Uriel Razkan.
As Razkan later recounted, Pinto had shouted at him during the attack, “You deserve it; you deserve it, Arab bastards!”
Razkan said that he had turned around and saw a “Haredi man” (an orthodox Jew).
“I shouted to him, ‘I’m a Jew,’ but he tried to continue. I just ran away; otherwise I would have been killed,” Razkan said.
Then Pinto, the knife man, tried to run away, but a Jew working as a security guard thought that he was a Palestinian, and opened fire on him with a handgun.
The guard missed his “Arab” target, and Pinto was brought to the ground outside the shop by passersby, and then arrested when police arrived.
Photographs of both Pinto and Razkan reveal quite clearly why all these Jews thought the others looked like Arabs—because they do.
The close relationship between Jews and Arabs comes as no surprise to anyone familiar with genetics or history.
Jewish DNA has long been the source of much scientific study, with the most comprehensive overview yet published by Dr. Harry Ostrer in his book Legacy: A Genetic History of the Jewish People.
That book summarizes studies in genetics over the past 20 years, and concludes that all major Jewish groups share a common Middle Eastern origin. DNA studies show that Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews have roughly 30 percent European ancestry, with most of the rest from the Middle East.
Ostrer’s work noted that Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews “seem very similar to each other genetically, which is unexpected because they have been separated for so long,” and “the shared genetic elements suggest that members of any Jewish community are related to one another as closely as are fourth or fifth cousins in a large population, which is about 10 times higher than the relationship between two people chosen at random off the streets of New York City.”
In this regard, the “Khazar” theory origin of Ashkenazi Jews—a favorite of many in the “right wing”—has been conclusively disproved. A 2013 study (“No Evidence from Genome-Wide Data of a Khazar Origin for the Ashkenazi Jews,” Human Biology Open Access Pre-Prints. Wayne State University) revealed that “Ashkenazi Jews share the greatest genetic ancestry with other Jewish populations,” and that Ashkenazi Jews share “no particular similarity with populations from the Caucasus,” and there is “no indication of a significant genetic contribution either from within or from north of the Caucasus region.”
The most dramatic evidence of the similarity of Jews and Palestinians—or, as the studies cited above call the “Middle Eastern” origin, came in 2015 in an extensive review of Palestinian and Jewish DNA which showed that “Jews break down into three genetic groups, all of which have Middle Eastern origins—which are shared with the Palestinians and Druze.”
The common ancestry is also clear from an understanding of history. For most of the past 1,000 years or more, the overall trend of Jewry has been to ally itself with the Muslim invaders of Europe—be they the Moors who attacked and occupied Spain, or the Ottoman Turks who attacked and occupied much of the Balkans.
The close cooperation between Jews and the Moors in Spain was one of the primary causes of the expulsion of the Jews from Iberia in 1492. After being expelled from Spain, many Jews fled to Constantinople, which had fallen to the Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1453.
Constantinople—the former capital of the Christian Middle Eastern lands which had fallen to the Muslim attacks, and which was later renamed Istanbul—then went on to become the largest Jewish city for hundreds of years.
The close cooperation between the Jews and the Muslim world was only broken by the advent of Zionism—the demand for a Jewish ethnostate which emerged in the mid-1890s.
Once the Zionists had decided on Palestine as a Jewish homeland, the ire of the Muslims—Palestinians—already living there was raised, and when Israel was finally proclaimed in 1948, that state had only become possible after most of the Palestinians living in the region had been forcibly ethnically cleansed out of the region.
It was from this time on that the hostility between the Muslim world and Jewry dates—and not before. This also explains why bizarre misidentifications such as the Pinto-Razkan battle, outlined above, can take place.