Saturday, March 4, 2017

Pashtos of Afghanistan and Pakistan and DNA

Nadene Goldfoot                                              
Tribal and religious leaders in
Southern Afghanistan
We have good reason to believe that some of these Pashtun tribes were descended from the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel, taken away by the Assyrians in 722-721 BCE, almost 3,000 years ago.  They believe this as well as the reference below shows.

I've met several Pashtos online in discussions about DNA.  My father's line is Q, which makes
up 5% of the Jewish male population of today,  and first was 
labeled as Q-M242, or Q1b1a, then with further testing now is called QBZ67.  One of his
matches with the 1st test  was a Pashto.  I then figured we had a connection through DNA.  
Charles Goldfoot, brother
also Q  (M-242)/Q1b1a
Maurice Goldfoot,
fighting under "Billy Meshke"
of Q1b1a (Y haplogroup) DNA

updated to: QBZ67

 My father is related by DNA with about 16% of the Pashtuns!  This shows we were connected most likely before 721 BCE when the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel were taken by force by the Assyrians.


My father's line 
would start in Germany after leaving Jerusalem in 70CE with the Romans destroying everything. 
At one point they received the surname of Goldfus.  
From there they finally ended up in Lithuania at least by the 1800s CE.  

"Some anthropologists lend credence to the oral traditions of the Pashtun tribes themselves. For example, according to the Encyclopaedia of Islam, the theory of Pashtun descent from Israelites is traced to Nimat Allah al-Harawi, who compiled a history for Khan-e-Jehan Lodhi in the reign of Mughal Emperor Jehangir in the 17th century. The 13th century Tabaqat-i Nasiri discusses the settlement of immigrant Bani Israel at the end of the 8th century CE in the Ghor region of Afghanistan, settlement attested by Jewish inscriptions in Ghor. Historian André Wink suggests that the story "may contain a clue to the remarkable theory of the Jewish origin of some of the Afghan tribes which is persistently advocated in the Persian-Afghan chronicles." 
Descendants of King of Israel Saul "Called Talut by Pashtuns" of Tribe of Benjamin

1   King of Israel Saul b: in abt 10000 BCE
. 2   [1] Michal the First, Daughter of Saul
..... +[2] King of Israel David b: in 1000 BCE Bethlehem
. *2nd Husband of [1] Michal the First, Daughter of Saul:
..... +Phalti
. 2   King at Mahanaim Eshbaal
. 2   Merab
..... +[2] King of Israel David b: in 1000 BCE Bethlehem
. 2   Jeremiahin /Pashtun

..... 3   Afghana /Pashtun, Commander in Chief

These references to Bani Israel agree with the commonly held view by Pashtuns that when the twelve tribes of Israel were dispersed, the tribe of Joseph, among other Hebrew tribes, settled in the Afghanistan region. This oral tradition is widespread among the Pashtun tribes. There have been many legends over the centuries of descent from the Ten Lost Tribes after groups converted to Christianity and Islam. Hence the tribal name Yusufzai in Pashto translates to the "son of Joseph". A similar story is told by many historians, including the 14th century Ibn Battuta and 16th century Ferishta."            
Descendants of Joseph

1   Joseph b: in Canaan, 18th-16th centuries BCE? Hyksos period (2500-1587 BCE)
.. +Asenath b: in Egypt
. 2   Manasseh b: in Egypt
. 2   Ephraim b: in Egypt
Pashtos visiting in Jerusalem
Here they are at the Western Wall.  Their family genealogy

is well kept.  They say they are descended from King Saul. 

 There are conflicting stories that could have to do with the fact that Babylonia came to Israel 
and took more people away in 597 and 596 BCE as well.  So some could have become slaves 
at different periods.                         
Imran Khan, politician and cricket star in Pakistan, a Pashto
belonging to the Niazi tribe

Pakistan:          30,699,037 Pashtuns in 2008, 2nd largest ethnic group

Afghanistan      13,750,117 Pashtuns in 2016

Total                  49 million in 2009
"The haplogroup R1a (Y-DNA) is found at a frequency of 51.02% among the Pashtun people. Paragroup Q-M242 (xMEH2, xM378) (of Haplogroup Q-M242 (Y-DNA)) was found at 16.3% in Pashtuns. Haplogroup Q-M242 is also found at a frequency of 18% in Pashtuns in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

After 3,000 years of separation, it is amazing that there is this connection.  Though I haven't found anyone yet that shares any actual chromosome segments of our DNA yet, we came from the very same branch.  I know there are several listed under my brother's Y haplogroup at FTDNA.  

The fact is that both Arabs and many Jews both carry the male Y haplogroup of J, J1c3d, or the Cohen gene, as Jews call it.  It also  shows that our Biblical history is accurate in saying that we both came from Abraham.  The story is that we came from Abraham's son, Isaac, his 2nd son by Sarah.  It was when Abraham and Sarah thought that she was barren that she gave permission for him to father her young Egyptian  handmaid, and so he took her as a wife and she bore Ishmael who became the father of the Arabs.  

As I understand it, they live in Pakistan in their own territory in tribes, and live in the same
area as their clans  which sounds like a reservation similar to our Native Americans do in Oklahoma.  They follow their own well-developed culture with their own standards called Pashtunwali-a set of ethics, as well as being Sunni Muslims.  Many light candles on Friday night such as we Jews do.  There are other things that they do which caught the attention of Dr.  Shalva Weil of Hebrw University in Jerusalem,  who traveled to Pakistan and studied them, coming back feeling they were indeed people of our lost Ten Tribes.  "Prof. Shalva Weil is a Senior Researcher at The Research Institute for Innovation and Education at the Hebrew University. She focuses on Indian JewryEthiopian Jewry, and the Ten Lost Tribes and specializes in qualitative methods, violence, gender, ethnicity, education, religion, and migration.  She's a Social Anthropologist.  In 1991, she curated an exhibition at Beth Hatefutsoth: the Museum of the Jewish Diaspora on the Ten Lost Tribes entitled "Beyond the Sambatyon: the Myth of the Ten Lost Tribes."

Update: 3/7/17:  Yasmin Eliaz is a Master’s student in Political Science at Bar Ilan University. She specializes in Afghanistan and works as a research assistant at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Read other articles by Yasmin.

Lately, the police in Pakistan have been rousting them in their search for ISIS terrorists, causing much pain and grief.  One problem is that militants are hiding in Afghanistan with the purpose of fomenting violence inside Pakistan.  

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