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Senegalese Tribe Sounds Jewish, Acts Jewish but Says It’s Muslim

An African tribe, ‘Sons of Israel,” says it is descended from Jews and is "chosen.” Their language resembles Hebrew. They use the Star of David. But they are practicing Muslims.
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Dougoutigo Fadiga outside the Bani Israel clinic near the Senegalese village’s sacred tree

Dougoutigo Fadiga outside the Bani Israel clinic near the Senegalese village’s sacred tree
Photo Credit: Cnaan Liphshiz

“This place is blessed and its people are chosen,” Fadiga says. “But some people resent us for it, so it’s best not to talk too much about it.

This article was written for JTA by Cnaan Liphshiz.

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