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March 29, 2012 9:35 am

India Jewish Community Wishes to Return to Israel

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Bnei Menashe community members praying. Photo: screenshot via

Dawn – “India is not our country,” says Haniel Reuben, 72, one of the eldest members of a tiny community that claims to have descended from the Manasseh – one of the biblical “lost tribes” of Israel exiled in 720 BC by Assyrian conquerors.

“Our forefathers migrated and settled here. Our home is Israel and we will be reunited with our people one day or another,” Reuben said.

The Bnei Menashe, as the community is known, comprise around 7,200 members of the Kuki-Chin-Mizo tribe who live in the northeast Indian states of Mizoram and Manipur near the border with Myanmar.

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