י״ח לחודש הרביעי תשע״ז
The Black Hebrews are actually the Black NON-Hebrews. Let's call 'em what they really are, because they are certainly NOT Jewish.
"The Black Non-Hebrews include thugs who beat up Jewish senior citizens in the '70's in Chicago. They came to Liberia, were kicked out of Liberia, and settled in Dimona in the Negev Desert. They have been allowed to stay here, only because they threatened mass-suicide, until the Israeli government caved."Currently, they enjoy defacto autonomy. New members appear to come to Israel at will, or with their leadership's permission. Some now live in Tel-Aviv and other cities.
-paraphrased from Rabbi Me'ir Kahane hy"d, in a response to a question about this community on talk radio.
They make up observances according to their leaders' decisions and "interpretations:"
Fasting on Shabboth
Polygyny, in defiance of Israeli Law, while Jews are prohibited from this practice
Tying a blue braid on their [closed] shirts and pants as if these were tzitziyoth
Making a new date for PesahThey are a complete mockery of Torah and Israel. They are koferim (deniers of some or all of the Torah), just like the Christians and Muslims (Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance 3:17).
Once, I confronted one of their youth, selling CD's next to the central bus station in Jerusalem. He was very clear when he yelled back at me, proclaiming that they are the "real" Israelites, and that we are the fakes,...and he was talking about all of us, not just one particular subgroup.
Of course, there are now several infiltrators into Israel from Africa, who lay claim to our heritage and birthright, and wander around South Tel-Aviv and other areas in Israel, threatening Jews.
That all being said, there are some who have successfully escaped this community, have come to realize the lies they were living, and have gone through proper conversion.
Read more about the Black Non-Hebrews at Tomer Devorah.