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On the Politics of Genetic Research Pertaining to the Jews

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Publication Date: January 2007

Publisher(s): Association for Jewish Studies; Association for Jewish Studies

Author(s): Raphael Falk; Raphael Falk

Series: AJS Perspectives: The Newsletter of the Association for Jewish Studies, Fall 2007, pp.36-38.

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Population and demographics (Ethnic and racial groups)

Keywords: Race; Methodology; Jewish Identification; International Relations

Type: Report


The author reviews some of the discoveries of scientists examining the genetics of Jewish populations worldwide. But he cautions that many of the scientists involved in such research have not been alert enough to the sociopolitical implications of their work. The author describes some of the hot-button issues which can be triggered by inquiries into this topic,.