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Members say it is deeply rooted in Biblical teachings, though they reject latter-day interpretations of the Bible, including such injunctions as the rabbinic prohibition against polygamy.
Adherents follow a strictly vegan diet; eschew caffeine, alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; and experiment with no-salt days, sugar-free weeks and raw-food weeks …
Although most Hebrew Israelites are neither explicitly racist nor anti-Semitic and do not advocate violence, there is a rising extremist sector within the Hebrew Israelite movement whose adherents believe that Jews are devilish impostors and who openly condemn whites as evil personified, deserving only death or slavery.
Black-clad security guards and Hebrew Israelite priests stand outside the Baltimore chapter of the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ.
The Israelite School of Universal Practical Knowledge, a sect that is the Israelite Church's main rival, has its own You Tube "channel," or video sharing distribution networks, with over 500 subscribers.
One recently circulated Israelite School video, which has been viewed more than 26,000 times, shows a group of robed street preachers harassing a white woman until she bursts into tears.
Since 2000, when the prophecy of a key leader failed to materialize (he predicted Christ would return to Earth at the dawn of the new millennium to wreak bloody vengeance on white people), the rhetoric of extremist Hebrew Israelites sects has been steadily heating up, with increasing talk of an impending apocalypse and God-ordained race war.
Its doctrine asserts that African Americans are God's true chosen people because they, not the people known to the world today as Jews, are the real descendants of the Hebrews of the Bible.From 1973 through the early 1990s, the community had no legal status, and many members of the group — who had renounced their U. The Black Hebrews’ cause was not helped by their insistence that they were the true Jews and that the Israelis were usurpers.As their case made its was through Israeli courts, they mounted a campaign against the state that many saw as vitriolic and anti-Semitic.BALTIMORE — Despite the hellish heat on this spring Saturday morning in gritty West Baltimore, the five Hebrew Israelite priests loitering near a West Franklin Street storefront are draped in heavy robes, and their heads are wrapped in matching white, red and black cloths.Star of David emblems swing from their necklaces and are embroidered into their fabrics. Around them, security guards wear black headscarves, black T-shirts and black military-style pants tucked into combat boots. On their belts are sheaths and holsters, some empty, others holding blades and guns.