Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Jewish Traces in Unexpected Places: The Kuki People of India - One of the Lost Tribes?


In northeastern India, a small ethnic group claims to be one of the lost tribes of Israel. 

The fervor of the Kuki people has persuaded the Chief Rabbi of Israel to approve their immigration to the Promised Land. 

Kuki men are traditionally fighters, so once in Israel most of them become soldiers, while their wives try to adjust to their new lives in the settlements.

Reporters from France 24 TV traveled to the valleys of West Bengal, where India meets Bangladesh and Burma, home of the mysterious Kuki tribe. These Asian Jews say they were forced into exile in this remote valley almost 27 centuries ago. Today, they practice an archaic Judaism and claim to be one of the lost tribes of Israel referred to in the Old Testament, a little like the Ethiopian Falashas.

Tensions have grown in recent years with the Indian and Burmese governments and for the Kuki people, the lure of a better future in Israel is stronger than ever. In recent years, some of them have been able to emigrate to Israel and make Aliyah. 


The men, who are traditionally fierce fighters, often join the Israeli army, while their families find a new home in the occupied West Bank settlements. France 24 TV correspondents went to meet some of those who have left everything behind for a new life in the Promised Land.

Here is a video report of what they found.

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