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It’s in the DNA

Well, this is not a dear Mona moment, but more of you know this is really your heritage type of email.

It’s quite interesting to read.

The email sender wrote to me,

Hi Mona,

I just stumbled across your site and found it interesting. My grandparents are from Palestine also, from a Christian village. We had DNA testing done on them and a lot of research into the land and people. You might be surprised that your heritage is more “Arabized” and less actual Arab. The people of Palestine are a very, very mixed group with a high percentage of European ancestry, Jewish, and other indigenous (non-Arab) people groups from the area. It was not until the 7th century that the Arabs from the south invaded the northern Levant. They spread their language and culture, but there was less mixing than you might have thought. From our research, we found about 25-35% European blood for my grandparents, and also ancient Hebrew, Canaanite, Roman/Greek, and Arab mixture. So, depending on how you use the word, you may be a lot less “Arab” than you thought! Not sure if that is of any interest to you or not, and of course, it does not take away from the culture, but I thought I’d share.

Well dear reader. You pretty much said things in this email that have been said several million times actually. I am Arabized. We all know that. Palestinians are NOT originally from the Arab peninsula or even mixed with them that much. That’s why many Arab countries don’t like Palestinian much and keep saying that we are Arabized. They all know the history. My people are so mixed because of invasions or different ethnicity rule, that we are everyone in one.

Isn’t that funny? All in one! Kind of funny coming from a person that is “Palestinian” and have roots from the HOLY land where the entire world kind of really came from. No real facts that I can base this on, but I am sure everyone in the past or throughout the decades has had relatives that have passed by that area and called it home.

No wonder Palestinians all look different. There are the olive skinned, the blonds, the red heads, the white skinned, the dark skinned, the blacks, the blue eyed, brown eyed, very short, very tall, and everything in between! These are my people! We are like the new world now. This new world, or across the seas western world is quickly becoming that!

I am not sure exactly if being an Arab means that you have Arab roots, but all I know that I speak Arabic. I have lived my entire life in an Arab culture and followed Arab traditions, and really, what does DNA stand for other than Deoxyribonucleic acid which a bunch of genetic code? Do these genetic codes when I was born automatically determined the language that I speak, the culture that I will follow and live by, and the people around me that will influence my future choices? No. DNA is just a Damn Neurotic Annotation.

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  • Yeah I’ve seen a red headed Palestinian, and had to get over the shock lol not something you see everyday.

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  • [...] It’s in the DNA Posted by admin on January 31, 2011 random Well, this is not a dear Mona moment, but more of you know this is really your heritage type of email. It’s quite interesting to read. The email sender wrote to me, Hi Mona, I just stumbled… [...]

  • It is not about DNA, it is about people and the land they love and the deep roots in history that goes back for centuries. The Levant was and is at the crossroad of history, culture and yes politics. Crusaders from all over Europe settled down and struck roots in this land. Every civilization that was a super power 5000 years ago passed through this land and left a little something of themselves in what has become us. We have colourful DNA, so what I am all for diversity.

    At the end it is us and the land regardless of DNA

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  • Well hello I’ve been a fan of your blog for a couple of weeks actually. Like the person who sent you that email I just stumbled across your site and found it interesting. I’ve never commented before because I’m not a native English speaker ( so excuse me for my bad English)I’m a Berber myself but I’m to some point Arabized or the Berber culture is very similiar to the Arab culture. But many people in the Middle-east consider themself or are considered as Arabs while they are not Arabs but simply Arabized ( for example many North African countries).

    But it doesn’t matter actually because everybody is mixed I’m sure there isn’t a ‘pure something person on this world’ ( man it sounds like I’m talking about dogs instead of people) Just be proud of what you consider yourself! But like I always say it all started with Adam and Eve so don’t come with that bullshit that one ethnical group is better then the other. ;-)

    Hope this was readable… :oops:

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  • Well hello I’ve been a fan of your blog for a couple of weeks actually. Like the person who sent you that email I just stumbled across your site and found it interesting. I’ve never commented before because I’m not a native English speaker ( so excuse me for my bad English)I’m a Berber myself but I’m to some point Arabized or the Berber culture is very similiar to the Arab culture. But many people in the Middle-east consider themself or are considered as Arabs while they are not Arabs but simply Arabized ( for example many North African countries).

    But it doesn’t matter actually because everybody is mixed I’m sure there isn’t a ‘pure something person on this world’ ( man it sounds like I’m talking about dogs instead of people) Just be proud of what you consider yourself! But like I always say it all started with Adam and Eve so somebody should not come with that bullshit that one ethnical group is better then the other. I hate when people do that

    Hope this was readable…
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  • Indeed that a good thing. I don’t agree with most of the Palestinian that consider them super race, even though I’m Palestinian, but wait isn’t this cocktail is the recipe for successful race? being open to all cutlers is what human is. As you said DNA is just dummy thing, and it’s best advocates(Nazis) failed and their stupid aryan race superiority failed as well. Don’t you think that Palestine is resampling the whole world but shrank to be small piece of land on the mediterranean ;-)

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  • Arab is not DNA. Arab is culture and people and language. And even those who consider themselves Arabs (such as Yemeni descendant population in South East Asia who speak no Arab, live with more local culture than Arab but consider themselves Arab) are Arabs. Because genetically most Arabs are mixed of many DNAs from around the world.

    That’s my opinion.

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  • Eh its all the same. They are all Semites Arab or Canaanite or Non-Arab. The Levant has always been Semitic so even in their non-Arab days they weren’t much different from the Semitic Peninsula Arabs

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  • Here is a study about the Haplogroups in Palestine. Its a much more accurate depiction of the genetic composition of the Levant and Near East. Very interesting.

    In genetic genealogy studies, Negev Bedouins have the highest rates of Haplogroup J1 (Y-DNA) among all populations tested (62.5%) followed by the Palestinian Arab 38.4%, Ashkenazim Jewish 14.6%, and Sephardim Jewish 11.9% according to Semino and colleagues.[103] Semitic populations, including Jews, usually possess an excess of J1 Y chromosomes compared to other populations harboring Y-haplogroup J.[104][105][106][107][108][109][110] The haplogroup J1, associated with marker M267, originates south of the Levant and was first disseminated from there into Ethiopia and Europe in Neolithic times. In Jewish populations J1 has a rate of around 15%, with haplogroup J2 (M172) (of eight sub-Haplogroups) being almost twice as common as J1 among Jews (<29%). J1 is most common in the southern Levant, as well as Syria, Iraq, Algeria, and Arabia, and drops sharply at the border of non-semitic areas like Turkey and Iran. A second diffusion of the J1 marker took place in the 7th century CE when Arabians brought it from Arabia to North Africa.[106]

    Haplogroup J1 (Y-DNA) includes the modal haplotype of the Galilee Arabs[111] and of Moroccan Arabs[112] and the sister Modal Haplotype of the Cohanim, the "Cohan Modale Haplotype", representing the descendents of the priestly caste Aaron.[113][114][115] J2 is known to be related to the ancient Greek movements and is found mainly in Europe and the central Mediterranean (Italy, the Balkans, Greece).

    A study found that the Palestinians, like Jordanians, Syrians, Iraqis, and Bedouins have what appears to be substantial gene flow from sub-Saharan Africa, amounting to 10-15% of lineages within the past three millennia.[116]

    According to a 2002 study by Nebel and colleagues[117] the highest frequency of Eu10 (i.e. J1) (30%–62.5%) has been observed so far in various Muslim Arab populations in the Middle East.[118][119] The term “Arab,” as well as the presence of Arabs in the Syrian desert and the Fertile Crescent, is first seen in the Assyrian sources from the 9th century BCE (Eph'al 1984).[120]

    One DNA study by geneticist Ariella Oppenheim concluded that genetic evidence coincides with historical accounts that at least part of the Arab Israeli and Palestinian population is mainly descended from local Christians and Jews "who had converted [to Islam] after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century A.D."[122][123][124] These Christian and Jewish converts are believed to be descended from a "core population that had lived in the area for several centuries, some even since prehistorical times."[125] The study also discovered significant genetic mixing between these converts and incoming Arab tribes during the first millennium AD, as well as parallel genetic mixing of the Jewish population with the local peoples throughout the Jewish diaspora.[122]

    So the Palestinian genetic genepoole as follows :

    1.)Haplogroup J which is almost exclusively Arab which makes up anywhere between 35-60% of the DNA varying from person to person.

    2.)The second largest haplogroup in the Palestinian gene pool is Sub-Saharan African which makes up 10-15% of Palestinian DNA.

    3.)The remaining are that of invaders according to this study.

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  • this is my theory, abraham moses and mohommad have proof of being j1c3d ydna, only 16% of jews are this while majority of arabs have it.
    to me the story of akadah sacrifice of abraham first born son was isac because of very specific x chromosome that today mostly druze have it and random other people, it is specific that all j1c3d have a right to know of it and replicate this specific x chromosome.
    i think you will find that j1c3d jews are persecuted within the community and rather be amoungst arabs, this religion is hijacked.
    lets be realistic as this is monothiesm, mohammad simply didnt know of specific x-dna, there is no harm, simply disagree on this one issue. power in israel must be given to j1c3d jews because only they wrote torah and others misinterpret, have peace talks with only these specific jews and muslims asap. please check my site as there is enormous conspiracy in the anthropology world, it is run by only r1b racists who are literally rewriting history and manipulating/manufacturing genetics , they are erasing all history and formulating lie with archeology and anthropology , there is nobody at all to stop them. http://www.geneticsforecast.blogspot.com/

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  • According to a study Palestinians have the most european dna (amongst arabs), it is because of the crusades kingdom that was established in the midevil times either through intermarrige or rape in jerusalem, betlehem, nazareth or other palestinian cities.

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  • Hi Katy!! Thanks for the info, and I already knew that! :)

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