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Israeli Scholar: The Romani People Are Descendants of the Israelite Tribe of Simeon

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Several years ago, Shmuel Avukia, an Israeli Bible enthusiast, was studying the weekly parsha when he was struck by a peculiar sentence. “And Esau said, Let me now leave with thee some of the folk that are with me,” it read, right there in Genesis, Chapter 33, and Avukia began wondering just who the folk in question may be. Years of arduous research later, Avukia came up with what he believes is the answer: The Bible makes specific references to the Romani people, who are the descendants of the Israelite tribe of Simeon.

Avukia began sharing his ideas on Facebook, and quickly found supporters among both Jews and the Romani. Last week, he and a few dozen Israelis met in Jerusalem for the inaugural meeting of The Jewish-Gypsy Forum, which also attracted 60 French Romani tourists who traveled to town especially for the occasion.

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